(April 19, 1922 - December 7, 2012)
U.S. Veteran Alex Louis Grassi,Sr. of Springfield, MO.passed away Friday, December 7, 2012, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born April 19, 1922 in Kansas City, MO, and was adopted at birth by wonderful parents, Louis and Verna Grassi, Hume,MO, whom he loved dearly. He spent his early years in Hume, MO where he graduated from high school. In 1941 he married Ivadell Cobb.
Mr Grassi was a World War II veteran. While in service, he and Ivadell traveled to Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, and Louisiana. When he was called overseas, he served in the European Theatre in Germany as a staff sergeant in the Air Force.
Mr Grassi worked at Beech Aircraft in Wichita, KS. for several years. He also worked for Lily Tulip, Springfield, MO in the 1950's. He found his calling as an over-the-road truck driver working for Jack Cooper Transport and later Trans-Con where he retired.
The family spent many memorable years in Moore,OK before moving back to Springfield in 1978.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Louis Frederick. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ivadell and a son Alex Jr., both of the home; a sister Joanne Grassi, Fort Scott, KS.,two special nieces, Jennifer Morris, Fair Grove, MO and Nan Berry, Overland Park, KS, many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
The family would like to thank Access Home Health Care Agency for their compassion with Mr. Grassi. Woodland Manor, Hospice, and friends and neighbors who have been kind to the family.
Alex Grassi was a kind and loving man, husband, and father. "All he ever wanted was to work hard and take care of his family. Mission accomplished, Dad".
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held Thursday, 1:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, north of Willard, MO.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, or charity of choice.
We will always miss and love you, Dad.
Online condolences can be made to www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.