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Thomas Alexander

January 13, 1933 — September 28, 2020

Van Wert, Ohio

Thomas Bryan Alexander, age 87, passed away peacefully September 28th, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Fern (Conley) Adams and Mike Alexander. 67 years ago he married the love of his life Sylvia Ann (Thomas), who survives.

He was a 1951 graduate of Union Township School. Tom then served in the Army, 13th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Atterbury then Fort Carson. When he returned home he farmed, until someone gave him the opportunity to build. It started with a grain bin and then a building. He started Alexander & Bebout, Inc. in 1965 with his business partner, Gene Bebout. He loved being a contractor and the buildings he built, but especially the A&B team and all of the clients and relationships he made over the years. Tom was an upstanding member of the community and served on many boards and organizations throughout his life, including the BDC( Business Development Corporation), CIC (Community Improvement Corporation), Downtown Review Board, Elks, American Legion, Moose, and a lifetime member of North Union United Methodist Church, which A&B built. He was the 2005 recipient of the Ray Miller Outstanding Community Service Award from the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce.

Building a close-knit family was important to Tom. He enjoyed spending time with them at Hamilton Lake, beating them at playing cards, and telling everyone "The thing to do.....". These are just some of the numerous cherished memories. Surviving are his daughter Teresa Parrish (Lynn), son-in-law Ken Dasher, Granddaughters Tracy Mitchener (Brian), Angel Staude, Sara Zura (TJ), Great-grandchildren Elijah Staude, Lauren Mitchener, Tyler Zura, Joey Zura, and Ava Mitchener. He will join his daughter Lori Dasher(Ken) in heaven.

Successful and compassionate. It was an honor to know him.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at North Union United Methodist Church, Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

A public visitation will be held from 3-7 PM on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.

Although family and friends are invited to attend Tom's visitation and services, we continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most vulnerable. We strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and respect the well-being of the family members and friends. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings as required by state mandate. The funeral service will be live-streamed at

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be directed to Community Health Professionals- Hospice or to the Van Wert County Foundation.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, October 2, 2020

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

North Union United Methodist Church

4486 US-127, Van Wert, OH 45891

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