LOTUS W. ALEXANDE 78, of Franklin Street died March 5, 1996 .
He formerly operated Alexander's Cabinet and Appliance Center, in Columbus, Indiana. A member of First Baptist Church, he served as deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher, and building committee member.
He was a member of National Kitchen and Bath Association and was a certified kitchen designer emeritus. A former Boy Scout leader, he received the District Award of Merit in 1983 and the Silver Beaver Award in 1984.
He taught photography and wood working at the Boys Club, was a member of Camera Club, life member of Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, member of Antique Engine Collectors, former member of Columbus Chamber of Commerce and a member of St. John's Masonic Lodge.
For many years he promoted a neighborhood Fourth of July parade.
From 1956 to 1985 he was assistant leader of Leaders of City Workers 4-H Club. He was also the recipient of the Bartholomew County Historical Society's Tipton Award.
Mr. Alexander was born in Decatur County March 26, 1917, son of Ralph and Helen Whipple Alexander. He married Lucille Towler June 5, 1938. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Larry W. Alexander of Columbus; daughters, Linda Kohler of Temperance, Michigan, and Lois Alexander of Grand Rapids, Michigan, nine grand children; two great-grandchildren.
Submitted by his son Larry Alexander, 1817 24th Street, Columbia, IN 47201.
BOB KREUTZBERG, 71, of the Ill-Mo Tractor &. Engine Club passed away Saturday, February 24th.
Bob was a member of the VFW, having served his country in the Army in WWII.
He was employed for 27 years by Edwardsville Motor Service in Edwardsville, Illinois, and at the time of his retirement he had worked for Illinois Power for 11 years.
Bob was always host for the Fall meeting in early October of the Engine Club.
Wife Eileen, son Bill and his wife Kathy and two grandsons, as well as many friends and relatives survive. He will be missed by many.
Submitted try Ray Hartge, St. Louis, Missouri.
LARRY CLOUSE of Almont, Michigan, passed away February 1, 1996. He was 68 years of age. Larry was a unique and memorable person. In 1954 he suffered an attack of polio and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. This did not stop him from becoming an expert woodcarver, ham operator, sports fan, humorist, and with the help of his wife, Doris, the operator or a rope maker at shows. He was a member of the Eastern Michigan Collectors.
Larry was a talented musician and in his younger days, played the piano in a band with his parents, then played the drums in a local band known as Almont's Royal Rube Band. He was very civic minded and was active in Boy Scouts and local sports teams.
Larry was one of the most upbeat persons I ever knew. Never saw him without a smile and a witticism. The town of Almont adopted him, and with his church and the volunteer fire department, held benefits and established a trust for him.
His wife, Doris, was always at his side and took care of him through his long ordeal.
To me, Larry was a pillar of intestinal fortitude and proved that the human spirit can triumph over extreme adversity.
Submitted by Don Naish, Eastern Michigan Collectors, 3854 Crawford Road, Dryden, Michigan 48424-