Elmer Murille "Dude" Alexander, 87, was born June 12, 1920 in Portageville, Mo., and died on May 25, 2008, in Spring.

He was a former resident of Corpus Christi. Elmer was a decorated World War II veteran serving as an infantry squad leader in the U.S. Army, divisions 435 AA and 473 Inf. He received two purple hearts, two bronze stars, and many other medals. Dude was a heavy equipment operator for over 50 years, enjoyed doing woodwork for his friends and family, and fishing with his grandchildren in his later years.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Alphus, and mother, Letha Eugene Alexander; his son, Rodney Craig Alexander; six siblings, one being a twin sister.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Evelyn Alexander; three sons, Gary Alexander, Danny Alexander, and Kevin Alexander; five step-daughters; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Simmons officiating. Burial with full military honors followed in Seaside Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were J. R. Alexander, Bryce Alexander, Michael Alexander, Matthew Alexander, Brandon Menn and Shane Menn.

Honorary pallbearer was Jaksyn Vaughn.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home