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“Our prayers are with you - there are no words that can ease the pain of losing Jacy. He loved and was loved, creating precious memories to cherish! ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA

“I am so very sorry for the passing of Jacy. While I never met him, I read his accomplishments and realize how fully he lived his all too short life....Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Bryan Chadd - AZ - friend

“Earl and family, we wish to express to you our deepest sympathy in this time of loss. Our hearts break with you. I am so thankful for moments shared...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Wade and Caryn Weber - Manhattan, KS

“Earl, I'm so sad to hear of your son's passing. I'm reminded of the good old days of 5-H livestock activities. It's tough to lose a child and I'll...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Palmer Holden - Iowa City, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss! Please know that you all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers not only now but in the weeks and months to come. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff Holland Bloomington, indiana

“So sorry to learn of the loss of your son, Jacy. It is very tough to learn about this. Even though I didn't know your son, my heart goes out to your...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Jan Monahan - Spirit Lake, IA

“Seems like yesterday that he was going to Deb's and playing with Tyler and Blake. He endured more in his 17 years than anyone should have to in a...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Marsha Berner - Rockwell City

“My deepest sympathies. I always enjoyed judging Jacy's communications & other 4-H projects. He was always positive & well informed. May he Rest In...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Marilee Kleespies - Rolfe, IA

“"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."What an amazing example of dignity, class, family, friendship, and...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Tessie McKinney - Lytton, IA

“Thank you to Jacy and his incredible family for ALWAYS making the Young Open/Tom Best Memorial far more special than it ever could be. All of you...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Young - West Des Moinea, IA


Rockwell City - Jacy Riley McAlexander, 17, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 following his courageous battle with Ewing's sarcoma at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the South Central Calhoun Middle School gymnasium in Rockwell City, with Pastor Anita Bane officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa, Children's Cancer Connection, and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
Jacy is survived by his parents, Earl and Kerri McAlexander of Rockwell City; his sister Brittany McAlexander of Creston; maternal grandparents, Toni Kerns of Rockwell City, and John Kerns (Linda Olesen) of Rockwell City; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Esther McAlexander of Beaconsfield, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.
Jacy Riley McAlexander was born to Earl and Kerri McAlexander on September 5, 2000 in Lake City, Iowa. Jacy was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell City. Jacy attended South Central Calhoun High School and was a member of the class of 2019. Jacy was a member of the Logan Larks 4-H club, Calhoun County 4-H Council, and the State 4-H Council. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 94, and had recently completed his Eagle Scout project. At school, Jacy was involved in concert band, jazz band, golf, was a manager for the football and cross country teams, Rotary Interact, speech and plays, National Honor Society, and was elected as an officer for FFA.
To recognize Jacy's commitment to serving others, he received many awards and honors. Among these are the Prudential Presidential Award for commitment to community service, a State 4-H Project Award for Community Service, and the 4-H Legacy Award. He was selected as a delegate to National 4-H Congress, and was chosen to represent the Children's Cancer Connection to lobby in Washington DC to increase funding for pediatric cancer. He was a Kid Captain for the ISU football team.
Jacy lived life to the fullest and even through his illness found joy in many things. Some of his fondest memories are tailgating at ISU football games, and watching his team win the 2017 Liberty Bowl. He loved attending the Children's Cancer Connection Camp, winning a state jazz band competition, canoeing the Boundary Waters with Scouts, hiking Machu Picchu with his mom, and fishing in the mountains with his cousins.

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