WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.J. -- Earl Richard Alger, 82, of Wappingers Falls, passed away peacefully May 26, 2016 after a long battle with dementia.
Alger was born Oct. 31, 1933, in Albany, to Henry and Rosa Alger, who predeceased him. He also was predeceased by his sister, Vivian Therrien.
On July 23, 1955, he married Nancy Saunderson in Binghamton.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, of almost 61 years; three children, Susan Alger-Moshier (Michael), Judi Freeman (David) and Richard Alger (Laurie); five grandchildren, Matthew Moshier, Sean Moshier, Chelsey Freeman, Tyler Freeman and Mackenzie Freeman; and Stephanie Gossett Glenn, who was like a daughter to him.
Alger served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-54 during the Korean War. He then worked at IBM for 28 years as a facilities engineer until his retirement in 1992, returning to work as a project manager for IBM from 1998-2000, living in Hong Kong and working in China. During this time, he and Nancy traveled to southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This was an amazing experience that enriched their lives and remained in their hearts forever.
Alger’s many hobbies included bowling, gardening and sailing. He was a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, where he did credit counseling and volunteered at AARP as a tax consultant. He also was a member of the International Facility Management Association. He served as past president of the board of directors at the Brookmeade Baptist Home in Rhinebeck and served for many years as a deacon at Community Baptist Church in Wappingers Falls.
Calling hours will be from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie followed by a service beginning at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, to honor his memory, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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