John D. Alexander (Poppie) of Satanta, Kansas passed away on February 37, 2022 at the
Lone Tree Retirement Center of Meade, Kansas. John was born in Garden City, Kansas on May
3, 1928 to parents Madison W. And Caroline L. (Finke) Alexander of Holcomb, Kansas. John
attended school in Syracuse, Kansas Rural Grant County, and graduated from Satanta High
School in 1946.
John married the true love of his life, Geneva G. Durham on May 28, 1949. They were
together for 72 years. To this union four children were born: Jeanne, Butch, Jerry, and Tom. For
the first three years, John farmed and did odd jobs. They moved to the new Cities Service Gas
Plant (Hugoton Station) at Ryus, Kansas. They lived there for 35 years. They moved back to
Satanta, Kansas, where John and Geneva retired.
John was very active in his woodworking shop. He created many beautiful and wonderful
things for his wife, children, grandchildren, and family members. Christmas was always an
exciting time at the Alexander house. Lots of new surprises from Poppie’s “Chips and Sawdust”
surround the Christmas tree every year.
Poppie and Grammy loved to spoil their grandchildren and great grandchildren: cookies,
candy, donuts, and ice cream were always found in the “freezer treasure box” downstairs.
Poppie’s basement was the greatest playground for them all.
In September of 2018, they moved to the Lone Tree Retirement Center in Meade, Kansas.
Poppie and Grammy enjoyed their years there receiving lots of TLC from the staff. He was
always picking on someone, or they were picking on him. The staff members were true
Survivors include his daughter Jeanne and Arlen Theander of Meade, Kansas, son Jerry
and Arloa Alexander of Canon City, Colorado, son Tom and Kelly Alexander of Cunningham,
Kansas, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Alexander of Dodge City, Kansas; his brother Sam
Alexander of Sun City, California, sisters Mae Duringer of Schullenburg, Texas, June Alexander
of Satanta, Kansas, 14 grandchildren: Nicky and Kris Lindsay of Protection, Kansas, Mandy
Blankenship and Shawn Mead of Macomb, Oklahoma, Marty and Norm Howard of Cushing,
Oklahoma, Matthew Shipp and Rhonda Sanger of Lacrosse, Kansas, Joshua Alexander and
Rachel Harper of Heston, Kansas, Rachel and Art Spears of Dodge City, Kansas, Jera and Chris
Dalton of Longview, Texas, Dustin and Caitlin Alexander of Lakewood, Colorado, Brandy
Alexander and Chris Stapel of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Kari and Jeff Pruitt of Wichita, Kansas, Erin
and Homer Green of Winfield, Kansas, Randy and Angie Mertens of Cunningham, Kansas,
Samantha and Nurueli Teri of Great Bend, Kansas. 32 Great Grandchildren: Coby Lindsay and
Tanner Westberry, Cabe Lindsay and Jacki Endicott, Cale Lindsay and Kaylie Smith, and Coda
Lindsay all from Protection, Kansas, Tyler and Shane Blankenship of Macomb, Oklahoma,
Emma and Ella Howard of Cushing, Oklahoma, Leah and Gabriel Shipp of Scottsdale, Arizona,
Garrisen and Asher Alexander of Hesston, Kansas, Zoey, Zander, and Zachary Spears of Dodge
City, Kansas, Caden, McKennan, and Laiken Dalton of Longview, Texas, Calvin Alexander of
Lakewood, Colorado, Alex and Idania Leroux of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Amy and Sylvia Leroux
of Wichita, Kansas, Andrew and Asher Leroux of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Remington Hoosier and
Olivia Pruitt of Wichita, Kansas, Xander Green of Winfield, Kansas, Dakota, Kaylee, and J.R.
Mertens of Cunningham, Kansas, Aden Mertens, Eliana and Lynk Teri of Great Bend, Kansas,
and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Madison, stepmother, Lilly, mother, Caroline, his
son, Butch, one grandson, Benjamin Shipp, brothers and sister-in-laws, Charles and Kolene
Alexander, Boyd and Dot Alexander, sister, Jo Westwood, sister-in-law, Connie Alexander, and
one nephew, Doug Alexander.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Lone Tree
Retirement Center. Memorials may be mailed to Robson Funeral Home, PO Box 236, Hugoton, KS 67951.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 11 AM at Dudley Township Cemetery, Satanta, KS.
The family wants to say special thank you for the prayers and concerns expressed for our
family at this time. A very special thank you to the Lone Tree Retirement Center and Meade
Hospital Personnel for all the tender love and care they gave Grammy, Poppie, and family at this
time. God bless you all.