Philip Brian Alexander (Sr.), 83, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 26, 2023. He was born on April 13, 1940, in New Castle, Indiana, to parents, Cletus B. Alexander and Jessie (Murphy) Alexander.
After graduating from New Castle High School in 1958, Philip continued studying his first and favorite ambition of radio broadcast engineering at Purdue University. He left school to pursue his career and dreams.
He met the love of his life, Judi, at the Tasty Freeze after many late nights working at the radio station. He would stop in as her last customer of the night and while she’d make him a butterscotch milkshake, Phil would sneak behind the counter and grill himself a cheeseburger. They fell in love and went on to start their family, often referred to by Phil as “his greatest achievement”.
From a very young age, Phil was curious and interested in learning everything. He loved the mechanics of how everything worked, taking things apart just to put them back together. He was fascinated with science, chemistry, and technology. He was inspired by history, religion, and philosophy. He loved to debate and tell stories and discuss politics.
Philip was known to have a thirst for knowledge that was insatiable. His inquisitive nature entertained friends and loved ones who sought his guidance or simply wanted to engage in a lively conversation or debate.
Philip achieved his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying very much. So much so that he proposed to Judi at 5,000 feet in the air.
He was also a published writer thru his membership in the SBE, Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Philip was honored to have served more than once as master of Keystone Masonic Lodge F&AM #251 and happily dedicated 50 years as a member serving his community. His commitment was strong, exemplifying the virtues of brotherhood and fellowship cherished by the organization.
After decades of dedicated hard work in engineering, service and sales, Phil retired from Atlas Copco and went back to work in radio broadcast engineering.
Philip is survived by his children, Brian and his wife Kristin Alexander and Tracey and her husband Rejean Lacasse; grandchildren, Benjamin Alexander, Lindsay Layne and Jacob Layne; and brother, Thomas Alexander of Monticello Kentucky; and sister-in law-Claudetta and her husband Jan as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judith “Judi” Alexander; parents, CB and Jessie (Murphy) Alexander; sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Stacey Matthews Welsh.
Visitation for Philip will be from 5-7pm on Monday, October 30, 2023, at Flanner Buchanan – Oaklawn Memorial Gardens (Good Shepherd Chapel) – 9700 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46250, with a Masonic Service immediately following at 7pm which is also open to the public.
Burial will take place the following day at 10am, Tuesday, October 31, 2023, in the Masonic Garden at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.