Joseph Michael “Joe” Alexander, 61, of Gardner, passed away February 27, 2015 at Olathe Medical Center.
Joe was born June 1, 1953 in Kansas City, MO to Mary Virginia (Long) and James Clyde Alexander.
He was a graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School and attended JCCC.
Joe married Cheryl L. Cartwright on May 3, 1980 in Overland Park. They lived in Olathe and moved to Gardner in 1996. He was employed at Gill Studios in Lenexa for 38 years, retiring in 2010.   Joe enjoyed golf and his dogs Cooper and Captain. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Joe is now with his loving daughter Courtney, who passed in 2000. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, of the home; daughter Melaney Jo and Benjamin Palmer of Jacksonville, FL; parents James and Mary Alexander of Gardner; mother-in-law Margaret Cartwright of Lakeland, Tenn; siblings Ray and Lona Alexander of Gardner, David and Deb Alexander of Clifton Park, N.Y. and Jim and Regina Alexander of Mesa, Ariz.; grandchildren Madison and Courtney Jo; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2015 before the Celebration of Life which will be held at 2:30 pm at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS 913-856-7111. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Wayside Waifs or the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences can be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com