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Willy Frits Alexander July 22, 1941 — January 17, 2022

Willy Frits Alexander, 80, of Sisters passed peacefully in his sleep after battling cancer for two years. Born in Vlfjord, Norway, Willy immigrated to the United States in 1946 with his family to Laramie, Wyoming, as survivors of World War II during Hitler’s reign. Once established in the U.S., the family relocated to Creswell, Oregon, where Willy spent the majority of his life as a professional heavy equipment operator.

He married Gerri Alexander in 1984 and lived in the Willamette Valley for many years before retiring in Central Oregon to be closer to family.

Willy was a passionate fan of Oregon State University football and basketball. He also enjoyed classic cars and spent many years restoring a beautiful black cherry ’56 Ford pickup. He and Gerri enjoyed attending classic car shows throughout the Valley and showcasing the Ford in parades.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Afhild and Oscar Alexander; and siblings, Laila Workman, Vidar Alexander, and Olsa Scott. He is survived by his wife, Gerri Alexander; daughters, Kelley Alexander, Holley Caley, and Bethany Smoltz; and sons, Rob Alexander and Christopher Borla. He was fortunate to have 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial will be held in Eugene, where Willy will be laid to rest with his parents. The family will notify loved ones when details are available.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Beaver Nation Philanthropic Support Fund or Sons of Norway Sonja Lodge in Eugene.

 

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