Alex Waske, age 86, of Kalamazoo, MI passed away peacefully in his Kalamazoo home on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Al grew up on a dairy farm in the Thumb, graduating in 1948 from Marlette High School, where he was a star athlete especially in football. He worked on the family farm in Elmer Township before changing careers and became a realtor and builder in the second half of his work life. His parents, Alex Sr. & Ksena, grew up in Russia before immigrating. Al was baptized at First Russian Baptist Church in Detroit and he attended Sandusky Baptist Church with his family. He will be remembered for his out-going personality and numerous warm-hearted gestures. He used a playful, teasing style and a sometimes gruff demeanor to disguise his loving heart. Al is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Lou (Rasmussen), a daughter Debi Scott; a son Tom Waske (Pammy); grandchildren Courtney Scott (April) and Christopher Scott; Rachelle Winberg (Matthew) and Jeff Waske; 13 great grandchildren: Owen, Lucas, & Gabrielle Scott; Cody Waske; Carissa, Camden, & Case Winberg; Bryce, Seth, Cydnee, Gabriel, Xander, & Zachary Waske; 2 great, great-grandchildren Kennedy & Hudson Waske, sister Nancy Greenley, 11 nieces & nephews, and many other extended family. A memorial service was held January 14, 2017 at Sandusky Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandusky Baptist Church. Avink Funeral Home.