John Alexander Obituary (2021) – Earlysville, VA

John Alexander, 85, of Earlysville, VA, formerly Middletown, entered eternal rest on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Martha Jefferson Hospital, VA, with his son and daughter-in-law by his side. He was born on February 24, 1936 in Carlisle and was the loving son of the late Raymond T. and Ruth A. (Finkenbinder) Alexander. John was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had many jobs after his service, but one he liked to tell stories about was his time delivering milk for Brookwood Farms Dairy. John was a former member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Middletown and also attended Open Door Bible Church before moving to VA with his son’s family. He was a member of the men’s group and Bible study at Evangelical UMC. He was a member of the Carlisle VFW Post 477 and loved going to the beach and visiting lighthouses. John was also fond of animals and was very proud to adopt his retired racing greyhound, Colleen. Besides his parents, John preceded his wife Revenda (Hartzell) in death; Siblings Leahbelle Alexander, Josephine Neff and Mary Ellen Ott; and his companion Betty Hoke. John is survived by his son Jonathan S. Alexander (Linda S.) of Earlysville, VA; Stepsons, Kirk Sweger (Melanie) from Kennett, MO; Keith Sweger (Maria) from Miami, FL; Daughter Kristin Hoover (Glen) from Middletown; Brother, Sam Alexander; Sister Eyca Alexander; Grandchildren, Sydney and Kaitlyn Alexander, Ryan Keiffer, Brian, Melissa and Brenden Sweger. A tribute to John’s life will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 260 E. Main St. Middletown, PA, under the direction of Rev. Samuel Bereza. There is a tour from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Friday. Live streaming of the service will be available on the Matinchek website on John’s page on Friday at 11:00 a.m. The funeral will take place in the Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to SAGE in John’s name and mailed to Petra Postma, 202 Putters Circle, Dillsburg, PA 17019, or online at Expressions of condolences can be made online at

Published by Patriot-News from November 8th to 9th, 2021.

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