Remmert Funeral Home

521 East Washington Street, East Peoria, IL


Alexander B. Small

July 3, 1927July 11, 2020

Alexander B. Small, 93, WWII Veteran, formally of East Peoria, passed away peacefully at Morningside of Washington at 9:05pm on July 11, 2020, surrounded by his loving family shortly before his passing.

Alex was born on July 3, 1927, in Panama, Illinois to Walter McLuckie Small and Isabella Baird Small who were born in Scotland. He married Marilyn G. Brown in Peoria on August 26,1951 and remained married to her until her death on March 2, 2010. Surviving are his children, Bruce A. Small of Galena, Illinois and Cindy S. Small-Hilst of Pekin, Illinois. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Carissa (Ryan) Dodwell of Washington, Illinois, Dr. Cambrea (Geoff) Hendricks of Morton, Illinois, and one great grandson, Kelten Dodwell, who was Alex’s favorite “grabber” fencing partner anytime they were together. Alex was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters, Eliza Bryan and Agnes Kumps.

He attended Manual High School in Peoria, Illinois, leaving at age 17 to join the United States Navy. Alex joined the US Navy on March 3, 1945. He proudly served as a Navy CB holding the rank of EM3c. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor, Guam, and Okinawa during World War II. After an honorable discharge on July 31, 1946, Alex returned to complete his high school education following which he went to work for Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He worked there until his retirement as a supervisor in 1982 after 35 years of employment. Alex was a lifetime member of East Peoria VFW Post #2078 and a lifetime member of Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Peoria for many years.

Alex was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather throughout his life. He loved to hunt and especially enjoyed fishing. In his younger years, he also participated in Peoria Golden Gloves welterweight boxing. One of Alex’s favorite pastimes was playing cards. He most preferred poker and pinochle but would always be glad to join a card game of any kind. Alex was a huge Bears fan and an avid Cubs fan. His hallmark trait was his teasing humor, quick wit, and easy-going personality. Alex truly will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria, Illinois, on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Visitation will be from 10:00am until 11:00am with a short service following. Burial will be held following the service at Swan Lake Memory Gardens where he will join his wife, Marilyn, in eternal, peaceful rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Alex’s name to the East Peoria VFW Post # 2078.


  • Ryan Dodwell
  • Carissa Dodwell
  • Todd Farden
  • Geoff Hendricks
  • Cambrea Hendricks
  • Rollie Hilst


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 18, 2020

  • Burial with Military Honors

    Saturday, July 18, 2020


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Carolyn Brown

July 19, 2020

Know that Alex will find Marilyn and enjoy eternal love and peace.

My condolences to his children and grandchildren.

Chris Timmermann

July 15, 2020

I first had the pleasure to meet Alex (IBT people called him Pinky but I never knew why) when I was just a new, young (and green) secretary in the Construction Department at Illinois Bell in 1966. Alex was a splicing foreman. I was single and Alex said I should meet a young lineman who was also single. I was not interested but Alex insisted. One day he introduced us and we have been married for 52 years. We are blessed to have known him. He was always smiling, funny and witty with a touch of ornery and a twinkle in his eye. Everyone loved him and enjoyed him so much. He was a friend to all. May he rest in peace in the presence of God. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Scott Hassett

July 15, 2020

My sincere condolences go out to Alex's family. I was fortunate to get to know Alex when I was at Morningside and truly enjoyed him. He was a sweet man with a bit of a devious twinkle in his eyes when he was teasing someone. I also know how much he loved his family.

Jill Franklin

July 15, 2020

As the former activity director at Morningside I had so many great times with Alex. Was proudly watching when he threw out the first pitch at the Chiefs game last year. Such an avid cubs fan he was! I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. Prayers to all of you in your sorrow.


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