Alexas Carpenter, 83, of Fontana, Calif., and formerly Winona, Minn., passed away on December 28, 2016, at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, Calif., with family by his side. Alexas was born on January 28, 1933, at the family home in Hesper, Iowa, to Harlan and Myrtle (Ramlo) Carpenter. He was a graduate of Winona High School and Winona State University. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 where he earned many medals. After he was discharged he worked at the American Legion in Winona (where he met his future wife, Marjorie) for a few years. He was retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Alexas was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 34 years, Marjorie; parents, Harlan and Myrtle; sisters, Diane Kouba and Gloria Bronk; and son-in-law, Stephen Schenck. He is survived by daughters, Janelle Bielak and Maureen Schenck; son-in-law, Steven Bielak; sister, Beverly Hanson; and many nieces and nephews. For several years after retirement Alexas enjoyed working as a ticket taker at the Quakes Stadium (The Epicenter) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He also enjoyed walking and socializing with friends at the mall over coffee. Starbucks coffee became his favorite daily beverage while doing the crossword puzzle in the local paper.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at noon with visitation starting at 11 a.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. Alexas will be buried beside his wife, Marjorie, "Together Forever," at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 American Legion.