By HDN Staff
HINGHAM John Nicholas Alex, 88, died in Mesa, Ariz., on
Sunday, Feb. 18, after an extended illness.
Services will be Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sixth Avenue
Christian Church in Havre with the Rev. Rowlie Hutton and
the Rev. Tim Hauge officiating.
Alex was born in Kensal, N.D. to Anthony Joseph and Nettie
(Greb) Alex on July 27, 1912. The family moved to Hingham
Alex graduated from Hingham High School in 1933, and
married Phoebe Dolph in Havre on May 27, 1939.
He was a standout on the school's basketball team, and
continued to be involved in independent basketball and
baseball after he graduated. He was an avid sports fan
throughout his life.
Alex spent his entire life in farming and ranching south of
Hingham until declining health and eyesight prevented his
continuing in his favorite pastime. He ran several bands of
sheep during the 1940s and '50s.
Alex saw farming go from teams of horses to machinery with
modern comforts in his time. He had little formal musical
training, but could play several instruments, and his many
friends knew him as the life of any party. Alex also had an
affinity for befriending the younger generation.
Alex was preceded in death by his parents and four
brothers, Eddy, Harry, Anthony and Glenn.
He is survived by his wife, Phoebe B. Alex of Hingham;
sons, J.R. of Havre and Mesa, Nick of Hingham and Gene of
Missoula; grandchildren, Jolee Alex, Nicole Alex, Daniel
"Duke" Alex, Dawn Martin, Scott Martin, and Josh Alex;
sisters, Myrtle Ditmar of Rudyard, Eleanor Rathbun of Havre
and Mildred Sedivy of Havre; numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the donor's choice.
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