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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Obituary - Kerry Lynn Alexander

Kerry Lynn Alexander, age 67, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri. A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.

Lynn's birth name, Donna Sue Houk, was changed on 11DEC80 as so few pronounced her last name correctly and she was not fond of Donna. Lynn was born 03MAY54 and died 15SEP21, residing at the Veterans Home in Warrensburg, Missouri. Staff there shared her calm content and cheerful demeanor despite her circumstances. Private and quiet were personality traits displayed throughout her life.

Lynn attended school in Clinton, Missouri from kindergarten - graduation in class of 1972. Lynn attended Neosho County Community College and earned an Associate Business Administration degree in MAY74. While there she enjoyed playing on basketball and volleyball teams and was elected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" for outstanding merit and accomplishment. She expressed a desire to serve for the armed services as early as 5 years of age.

Lynn entered the Marine Corp - boot camp, JUN74-DEC74 and was honorably discharged due to a stress fracture of her hip. She was with the Santa Fe Railroad: 1976-78. And her service in the United States Naval Services: started JUL78.

Lynn proudly served on the USS YELLOWSTONE AD-41, DEC81-JUN84 and the USS DIXON AS-37, JUL84-APR87. Her diagnosis with Marfans syndrome occurred between in Texas doing Naval education in dog training. She received honorable discharge with honors for good conduct and character 3 years later. At time of discharge, her occupation was in the Master-At-Arms Force (Security Police) in a training detachment. Totally professional, consistently strives to improve, keen attention to detail, dedication to excellence, uses common sense and good judgment, energetic, enthusiastic, dedicated, and shows maturity, noteworthy poise, firmness of purpose and appropriate discretion in dealing with officers of command in controversial law enforcement matters are a sample of the descriptive words of her work by the Chief Officer. Lynn's commitment to the Navy is also shown in being a Plank Owner of the national US Navy Memorial in Washington DC. Lynn worked for Goodwill Industries of Portland, Oregan, AUG91-2015. Severe health decline brought about her desire to return to Missouri in AUG18.

She was preceded in death by her father Lewis Houk and nephew Isreal Houk.

Kerry Lynn is survived by her mother Leora Houk, her brother Cecil (Sonja) Houk, her brother Wesley (Adella) Houk, and her brother Michael Houk plus several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton, Missouri.