November 21, 1949 – February 27, 2018
Steve Charles Alexander, 68, of Buhl, died peacefully at his home on February 27, 2018, with his family by his side.
He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 43 years; his children, Eric (Devorah), Sean, Spring (Cory), Tuli (Kevin), Micah (Maribeth), & Luke; grandchildren Josh, Alex, Kadance, Codee, Bradon, Rose, Carsten, Liam & Nathaniel; his brothers, Dan (Alix) & Ken (Aletta); his extended family, and many friends.
Steve was born on November 21, 1949, in Pasadena, CA, to Charles and Laurel Alexander. After graduating from Arroyo High School in Arcadia, CA, he served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970, including one year in Vietnam. Steve was married to Margaret (Peggy) Chittenden; they had two sons, Eric and Sean. They later divorced.
Steve moved to Pasadena where he established a landscaping company and attended Pasadena City College. There, he met the love of his life, Kathleen (Kathy) Mueller. They moved to Santa Barbara, where Steve studied sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In 1980, Steve and Kathy moved to Buhl, ID. They were blessed with four children: Spring, Tuli (formerly Heather), Micah & Luke. Steve’s love of his family was apparent in many of his actions. Always proud of his service to his country, he continued his service in the Idaho National Guard. Over the years, he worked for Green Giant; the Buhl School District; in sales for various companies; and finished his career with the Twin Falls Post Office. After he retired, he and Kathy traveled to Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii and Mexico, and much of the continental United States.
Steve’s interests included reading, baseball, gardening, camping, traveling, fishing, cars and volunteering. His natural curiosity led to a lifetime of learning about historical and current events. Steve also fostered a passion for the Native American cultures of the Southwestern U.S., where he traveled extensively with his wife and family.
Steve was a steadfast member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buhl, serving in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. His faith, being a large part of his life, was a source of comfort and support. Always helping when he could, Steve’s various services to the community included work with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Buhl Planning and Zoning Commission, Buhl Volunteer Firefighter Department, and, most recently, the Buhl Food Bank.
Steve repeatedly expressed his gratitude for a life well lived. “I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he often said. He loved to tell stories, peppered with his sense of humor, about his life experiences, impressions and interests. Through Steve’s family and those who knew him, his many stories and mantras will continue to live on.
The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care provided over the years by Dr. Dan Nofziger, and, most recently, Idaho Home Health & Hospice.
At Steve’s request, there will be a private memorial service with his family at a later date. The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church and/or the Buhl Food Bank.