June 7, 1921September 1, 2013

Arnold John Alpers, 92, Kansas City, MO, passed away September 1, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, September 5th at the McGilley Antioch Chapel with a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Graveside services will be 2:30 PM Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Corder, MO.

Arnold was born June 7, 1921 in Higginsville, MO and grew up in Alma, MO. He was a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II and flew several combat missions in Corsair and Hellcat fighter planes. He returned from the war to farm with his father in Corder, MO. In 1947 he married Winiford M. Gifford, and for 7 years they lived in Corder before moving to Kansas City in 1954. Arnold was a superintendent for Bolling Builders until he retired in 1986. Arnold and Winiford were faithful members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where Arnold served as a Church Trustee. They followed their children’s sporting events and both loved to fish. Arnold especially enjoyed walking the shoreline to find and restore fishing lures. He was also a very ingenious inventor and greatly enjoyed fixing things and passing this gift on to others. Arnold was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Winiford on June 3, 2013, and also his sisters, Evelyn Crick and Alice Showengerdt, as well as a brother, Dale Alpers.

Survivors include 2 sons, Lynn Alpers, Bozeman, MT; Les (Janifer) Alpers, Blue Springs, MO and daughter, Ann (Bill) Stokes, Camden Point, MO; brother, Wesley Alpers; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Contributions are suggested to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 5, 2013
  • Graveside Service Thursday, September 5, 2013


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September 7, 2013

Helen and Clyde Lake Beatie lived across the road from Arnold's parents in Corder, Missouri most of their lives. We moved to Kansas City when I was 15 years old. It truly is a small world as much later in life, Arnold worked for Bolling Construction and built my husband and my first home in Gracemore. We had a chance to visit with him off and on about life in the
country and Corder, etc. while he was working on the house. He was just a wonderful, kind, courteous and a fabulous home builder - a good country boy with great upbringing. I will always remember the Alpers family. I read that Wesley is still alive, how wonderful. I go to the cemeteries in Higginsville and Corder every year around or on Memorial Day and try to make it down during the holidays and ALWAYS drive by my home place - Corder will always be my home and is in my heart, and I feel so blessed to have been raised there. The new owners sold some of our land and now other homes have been built on it. I do not think the Alpers still live in the house there, but it will always be the "Alpers" home to me, same as the Blases next door and the Mahnkens down the road. I sincerely send my deepest sympathy to Arnold's family - I know he will be greatly missed. You could not ask for a better person to know than Arnold Alpers.

Love to all

Mary Anne Beatie Braley

September 7, 2013

Mr. Alters as I always knew him was a great guy and an even better father. I will always remember him and Mrs. Alters being their for Lynn and Les at the huge volume of athletic events. He was again a great guy and will me missed. Mark Kirkpatrick

jack stokes

September 4, 2013

ann and family i am sorry to hear about your loss arnold was always great to me just like your mom was they both will be missed jack


September 4, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Alpers. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

September 3, 2013

Very nice write up.. Thank you Arnold for always treating me like one of your own... I love you.. Pat Bales Meiners

Christy Harris-Hall

September 2, 2013

My heart goes out to you guys during this time as Uncle Arnold was an amazing man. I will cherish the memories I have at their house. Sending lots of love and prayers.