The Rev. Dr. E. Jerome Alexis passed away at home peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2012 -on his 88th birthday. Born in Johnsonburg, PA on May 19, 1924 to Axel and Edith L. Alexis, he is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marjorie K. Alexis; sister Joyce Steiner and brother Roger (Patti) Alexis; children Lynn (Jack) Doyle, Rev. Maren Alexis, Rev. Lans (Rev. Sandy) Alexis, and Joel (Debi) Alexis; grandchildren Maureen, Patrick, and Kevin Doyle and Lara, Sara Abby and Erik Alexis. He was preceded in death by son Niel and grandson Ian-Leif Plowes.
Rev. Alexis grew up in Punxsutawney, PA where he graduated from high school in 1941. While studying at Drexel Tech he was called to active duty in April, 1943, serving as a combat infantryman with Co B, 110th Infantry, 28th Division, ETO. He was captured on November 12, 1944 during the Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Germany. He was liberated April 29, 1945, Stalag VIIA, Moosburg, Germany. As a POW he marched 500 miles and traveled 1,000 miles by rail between seven POW camps. After the war, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserve, Chaplain Corps, until his retirement as colonel in 1978.
Rev. Alexis graduated from Gettysburg College in 1948 and the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg in 1951 and was ordained in July of that year. Her received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Thiel College in 1974.
Rev. Alexis served at Evangelical, Frederick, MD, English Lutheran, Zelienople, Mt. Zion, North Side, Assistant to the President of the South Western Pennsylvania - West Virginia Synod, and Christ Lutheran, Ross Township, Pittsburgh.
Upon retirement he was active in the Pittsburgh Chapter, Ex-Prisoners of War, the Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh, Meals on Wheels, Lenzner Tours as well as ministry in the church as needed.
Visitation will be Monday, 6-8, Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-8, at Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, where the funeral will take place Wednesday at 11 AM with Rev. Kimberly Rapczak presiding and Bishop Kurt Kusserow preaching.
Interment will take place at a later date at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be sent to Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg.
Arrangements by the Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801-4th Avenue, College Hill, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.