Alexander McMillan Douds, 89, born in Plymouth, Oct. 3, 1918, died quietly April 23, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla.
He was a first generation American born of Scotch-Irish parents. Alexander served his country during WWII as a staff sergeant in the 85th Service Squadron Army Air Corps Army of the United States. He served as an aircraft inspector and engine mechanic, stationed in Ohio, Nevada and the Panama Canal Zone. He received the American Theater Ribbon and the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. His tour of duty was four years, eight months. Alexander joined the U.S. Postal Service serving as a Civil Service Examiner for 26 years in Sandusky.
Alexander married Kathryn Louise Wagner of Sandusky Oct. 31, 1943. They were members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church for 32 years. The couple lived and loved each other for 62 years until Kay's death Feb. 10, 2005. Alex and Kay retired to Pinellas Park, Fla., in 1974 and resided there until January 2005. They enjoyed golf, the beach, friends and family for 31 years.
He is survived by a sister, Catherine Miller; sister-in-law, Vera Wagner; daughter, Sharon (Gary) Lynn of Springfield, Ohio; grandson Mathew Lynn of Rochester, N.Y.; and daughter, Barbara Douds and her partner Sue Wilkinson of Tallahassee, Fla. The Douds were also blessed with many nieces and nephews.
Kay and Alex will be inurned together at Garden Sanctuary in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the convenience of the family. They will be joined in heaven as they were on earth, may they rest in peace. Donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.