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
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
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
Wife Eileen, son Bill and his wife Kathy and two grandsons, as
well as many friends and relatives survive. He will be missed by
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-