Jerry E. Alexander, 71, of McPherson passed away peacefully surrounded by family at McPherson Hospital.  Jerry served at Central Christian College for 47 years as Business Department chairman, chief academic officer, provost, vice president of academics and interim president. He also served the Higher Learning Commission as a reviewer for accreditation.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1942 in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of John E. and Marian H. (Wilson) Alexander. He received degrees from Wessington Springs College in South Dakota, Greenville College in Illinois, Northern State University (Aberdeen, South Dakota), and the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), where he earned his doctorate.
Jerry was a member of the Free Methodist Church and recently retired from the YMCA Board of Directors. Several years ago, he also was a member of Kiwanis.
Jerry was united in marriage to Marie (Kaufmann) Boston on Dec. 26, 1985 in McPherson.  She survives. Other survivors include five children, Todd (Jennifer) Alexander of McPherson, Chad (Kaley) Alexander of McPherson, Candi Alexander of McPherson, Josh (Trisha) Alexander of McPherson, and Barbi Alexander of Victoria, Texas; and 10 grandchildren, Magan, Mason, Max, Jake, Belle, Jayse, Jayton, Javyn, Jensyn, and Jersey.
 He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gene Alexander.
 The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at the McPherson Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the McPherson Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the church with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Jerry and Marie Alexander Scholarship Fund at Central Christian College of Kansas in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut St., McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at