Karen LaRayne Alexander, 78, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Avantara Lake Norden, Lake Norden, S.D. Deacon Cal Clifford officiated the memorial at the Black Hills National Cemetery on December 14, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the service was limited to immediate family. Rude’s Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Karen LaRayne Stroup was born March 8, 1942, in Fargo, N.D. to Charles Stroup and Margaret (Van Hook) Stroup. She grew up in Little Eagle, S.D. Karen attended Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge, S.D. and graduated in 1960. At her time there, Karen made many lifelong friends. She then continued her education at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. and graduated in 1964. Shortly after, she married the love of her life, Gary Alexander on July 29, 1964, then moved to Rolla, N.D. In 1966, they moved their family to Little Eagle, S.D. and purchased the Little Eagle Trading Post from Karen’s parents. She worked as a Postmaster for 26 years. During this time, they raised three boys, Todd, Chad, and Dana. In 1992, they both retired and moved to a farm north of McLaughlin, S.D. until moving to Martin, S.D. in 2008. Karen was very active in the community, especially in the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 240. Karen loved painting, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family. Her sense of humor and sneaky pranks never failed to bring smiles to the people around her. There was never an opportunity missed for Karen to make her famous strudels to bring everyone together.
Karen is survived by her three sons, Todd (Cara) Alexander, Chad Alexander, Dana (Dena) Alexander; grandchildren, Tayt (Kelly) Alexander, Abbie (Jamie) Saxton, Sage (Tya) Alexander, Lily Alexander, Madison Alexander, Deidra Alexander, and Derek Alexander; great-grandchildren, Emma Alexander and Jaci Alexander; brother-in-law, Dana Hill; sister-in-law, Ann (Larry) Weitzel, Linda (Ralph) Wallwork, and Penny Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Alexander; parents, Charles and Margaret Stoup; siblings, Richard “Mickey” (Gloria) Stroup, Margie Hill; brother-in-law, Dale Alexander, and Larry Alexander.
Honorary Pallbearers are all of Karen’s beloved grandchildren. A memorial has been established for Karen at the Bennett County Historical Society associated with the Martin Community Heritage Center, where she kept the flowers in all their beauty.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com