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WAYNE ALEXANDER Las Vegas has lost an amazing man, Donald Wayne Alexander. He passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. He was a realtor for over 30 years. He was a leader in our Las Vegas and state real estate industry, and he was an avid UNLV Running Rebels Basketball fan! Wayne was born Feb. 2, 1930, in Dickinson, N.D. He was raised in Illinois and a proud member of the U.S. Navy for four years. He and his wife, Ann, moved to Las Vegas in 1964. While working at the Nevada Test Site, he studied for his real estate license, and that was the beginning of his life-long passion. Wayne was a leader on the Las Vegas Board of Realtors, serving as membership chairman, United Way fund chairman, director for four different years, and vice president and president of the Nevada Association. He was active in the Women's Council of Realtors, active on many local, state, and national realtor committees, and was inducted into the Nevada Realtor Hall of Fame in 1994. Wayne was also active in leadership at First Christian Church. He served Christian Men's Fellowship and was a trustee. He contributed on the Finance Council, Board of Elders and Executive Committee. Wayne's sense of humor will be remember by all who knew him. Wayne had a love of horses and was appointed by Governor Bryant to a three-year term of Nevada's Wild Horse Committee. He worked with local Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Development Authority and the United Way Fund. He was a member of the Zelzah Shriners and was awarded a pi for 60 years of service as a Mason. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick; brother, Dudley; and sister, Ruth. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Ann, who cared for him all of life and in his declining health. They were married for over 62 years. He is also survived by son, Kevin; and sister, Carrie Hung. In addition, Wayne's daughter-in-law, Shirley; and five pride and joy grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Wayne's celebration of life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, at First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89106. If you would like to contribute to Wayne's memorial, please send to Ann Alexander, at 1605 Eaton Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Read Obituary
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GERALDINE ANDERSON Geraldine Aglore Anderson, 84, of Las Vegas, passed away April 11, 2014, surrounded by members of her loving family. Hers was a life filled with accomplishments and travel. Geri was born March 16, 1930, in Butte, Mont., to Wallace and Wilburetta Reynolds. She attended high school in Butte, and started a life's journey that included living in locations such as Williamstad, Curacao, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and Lagos, Nigeria, and traveled throughout the United States and the world. Along with her husband, Ed, she co-owned several businesses. Geri was a gifted craftswoman excelling in needlepoint, ceramics and porcelain art. She gave freely of her time, including being past president of the Stardust Women's Golf Association, past president of the Nevada Ceramic Association and volunteering at The Blind Center. After settling in Sun City Summerlin, she became active in several card clubs, golf groups and bowling teams. While Parkinson's robbed her of her abilities to do many things, she enjoyed bowling to the end. She was a generous, kind and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Geri was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed; brother, Duane; sister, Linda; and granddaughter, Missy. She is survived by her children, David, Peggy, Debbie, Pat, Steve, Colleen and Bill; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Tom, Bill, Jim, Larry, Terry and Lyle; sisters, Donna, Mae, Diana, Joyce, Patsy and Kristie; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends and her passion for life. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive, Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in memory of Geraldine Anderson to APDA Southern Nevada, P.O. Box 81884, Las Vegas, NV 89180. Read Obituary
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JAMES BLUMER The world has lost a shining light. James "Jim" Blumer, adventurer, animal lover, story teller extraordinaire, of Las Vegas, passed away April 11, 2014. "Blumer," as he was known to family and friends, relished everything life had to offer. He often regaled friends and family with stories of his mischievous youthful pranks. A Texas native, with over 50 years as a Las Vegan, Blumer graduated from Southern Methodist University and was appointed by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, to the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. Blumer, a professional civil engineer, was a project manager at the Nevada Test Site in his early career and later worked in the private sector, where he designed and supervised the construction of roads and structures throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Those who knew and loved Blumer, described him as brilliant, honest, extremely loyal and kind, but most of all, fun. Blumer will be remembered for his soft southern accent, always shined cowboy boots, the unique kindness and acceptance he showed everyone, the amazing engineering projects he designed, his funny stories and (somewhat crude) jokes. He is survived by his devoted wife, of 44 years, Barbara; his daughters, who were the lights of his life, Kati and Misse, and their husbands, Philip and Roger; grandchildren, Jack, Ty, Danielle and baby Gigi; his beloved sister, Dorthea Levitt; and brother-in-law, Leon Levitt of Texas; as well as nieces and nephews, all of whom he absolutely adored. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, with Wake following, both at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas. Read Obituary
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MIKE BORCHERS Mike Borchers, age 81, of Las Vegas, passed away unexpectedly at 1:14 p.m. April 14, 2014, due to a bleeding gastrointestinal ulcer. He was born July 9, 1932, to German immigrants, Adolf and Gertrude (nee Hoernig) Borchers in Chicago. At an early age, he sold newspapers on a cold windy corner in Chicago. At age 13, he went to work on a farm in Hinkley, Ill. He joined the U.S. Marines Corps at age 21. After being stationed in Florida, he decided to stay there for 10 more years, working as a mail and milkman. He was introduced to dog racing there and vowed to, someday, have his own kennel. He loved gambling and in 1963, moved to Las Vegas for that reason. He worked as a security guard at several hotels and casinos, where he met many famous people. He wanted to be in business and found a start at Oliver Twist Fish and Chips, where he learned many valuable lessons. After three years, he decided to close and went to work dealing at several casinos, spending 10 years at the Showboat Hotel. The moment he heard of a dog track opening in Henderson, he began breeding, raising and training greyhound dogs for the grand opening in 1981. Unfortunately, the track only lasted 11 months, however, they continued to breed, raise and train the greyhounds for a few more years. In 1982, he and his beloved wife, Chris, decided to have social parties in their home. They soon became legendary and world renowned as the Red Rooster. Sam's Town Hotel and Casino opened in 1985 and he began spending every day there betting on the dogs and horses. Since he was a seemingly permanent fixture there, Sam's gave him his very own seat with his name on it! In 1997, he, his wife and stepchildren built and opened Red Rooster Mini Storage and Red Rooster Office Warehouse. He was very well-known and loved by many who graced his space and he, in turn, knew and loved many. He was very astute in business and an entrepreneur, who had a very giving and generous way about him. He would help anyone who asked him and always helped those less fortunate. Even though he had a somewhat tough exterior, he was a big softie inside. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Jean. He is survived by his wife, Chris; five children, Twylah Lee Michaels, David Allen (Sandy), Mike Sterling (Anja), Randal Keith (Noelle), and Melody Lynn Green; five stepchildren, Brian, Melanie, Cynthia Triguba, Lisa and Garold Beck; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; and countless cherished friends. Visitation and viewing will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 22, with services following, both at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. We will have an open mike during the service for those who wish to share. Read Obituary
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MARY BROWN Feb. 4, 1934-April 22, 2014. Mary T. Brown, of Las Vegas, took the Lord's hand and returned home April 22, 2014, after a five-year battle with stage-four cancer that inspired her friends, family and health care providers. In true Mary Brown fashion, she did it her way. She passed away just as she wished, in her home, surrounded by her family and friends. Her loyalty, courage and compassion will live on in all who were privileged to know her. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants who taught her the value of hard work, love and compassion for others. Mary was born and raised in New York City, lived in Central Islip, and moved to Las Vegas after retiring from the Elwood School District. She continued to be blessed in Las Vegas with many wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; brother, Patrick; and parents, William and Teresa Brennan. Mary is survived by her son, Jim; daughter-in-law, Kathy Bracken Brown; grandchildren, Keara and Mallory; and son, Greg Brown and Sandy Reeves, all of Houston; and sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Daniel J. Sheehan Jr. of Newburg, N.Y. She is also survived by her "third" son and best friend in Las Vegas, Peter Calarco. Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Palm Mortuary-Eastern, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Downs Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada and the Northshore Animal League of Long Island. Read Obituary
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