“It’s been a lot of fun, truly a great life,” Wayne Alexander.
“We were lucky that Dad was a cowboy and gave us the opportunity to follow in his line of work,” Bob Alexander.
The Alexander brothers were both born at the Alexander Ranch, Council Grove Kansas to O.E. “Bud” and Maude Alexander; Bob on September 17, 1920 and Wayne on September 1, 1923. Almost before they could walk, they and younger brother Jim were taught how to sit on a horse. As they grew up, Bob and Wayne helped their father, who was in the grazing business, drive cattle from Kamisky to the Missouri Pacific yards or to the Flint Hills pastures. They grew up in the ranching business, working on horseback often from before sunup to sundown keeping the cattle in line and doctoring them when needed. This work evolved into an interest in ranch rodeo where the brothers made a name for themselves as participants, pickup men and judges. During World War II, Bob served in the National Guard and Wayne in the Army Air Corps. When their father retired after the War, Bob took over his ranch. Wayne and his wife helped run a diary farm south of Council Grove where they birthed and raised many a calf and milked cows. In the early 1950’s, Wayne became a steel worker, but helped Bob at the ranch when he wasn’t competing in rodeos. Upon retirement in the late 1970’s, Wayne returned to the Council Grove area to work with Bob as a roper and he began raising Angus cattle. For decades Wayne’s Black Angus beef was very popular in the Council Grove and Topeka area. Bob competed in old timer events and rode horses until well into his 80’s. Bob was a charter member of the Council Grover Future Farmers of America Chapter and was active in Morris County 4-H and Fair. Both are members of the American Quarter Horse Association and numerous rodeo associations. Both Bob and Wayne are retired. Bob had been married to his wife, Georgina for 73 years at the time of his induction to the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame. They have four children, Barbara Lerner, Tom Alexander, Vicky Martin and Jeff Alexander. Bob’s grandson, Jimmy Lerner and great-grandsons have taken over his custom grazing pastures. Wayne died on Nov. 25, 2014. He had four children, Connie Alexander, Nancy Sharp, Sandy Cameron and Rick Alexander. There were times throughout their ranching career when Bob Alexander worked with his friend and fellow 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Working Cowboy, Dusty Anderson.
Year inducted: 2014