Harry W. Alpers and Lila J. Bredehoeft Alpers

Monday, September 23, 2019

Harry W. Alpers, 80, and Lila J. Bredehoeft Alpers, 76, of Concordia, passed away less than 12 hours apart; Harry on Sept. 19, 2019 and Lila on Sept. 20, 2019, going on nearly 60 years of marriage. It seems almost like a fairytale ending for two people who loved each other so much and not wanting to be separated from the other.

Funeral services for the Alpers will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia with Pastor Michael Pottschmidt and Pastor Andrew Lehenbauer officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Concordia. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or family choice. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Harry was born on September 9, 1939, in Higginsville to Harry C. Alpers and Bertha Goetz Alpers. Lila’s life began on June 3, 1943, in Lexington, when she was born to Ralph M. Bredehoeft and Laura Bokelman Bredehoeft. Harry and Lila were married on Aug. 20, 1960, and set an example to all who knew them of what true love really is.

Harry served his country for 20 years in the United States Navy, having served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. While Harry was serving his country overseas, Lila kept the home front together raising their three daughters. Harry and Lila lived in Concordia most of their lives and were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. After Harry retired from the military, he and Lila owned and operated the Concordia Bakery, as well as both having other miscellaneous jobs. In retirement, Harry was able to enjoy his woodworking and carpentry skills by making lots of things for family and friends.

Lila was well known in the area for her love of painting and art, with some of her paintings displayed in local businesses, as well as her love of cooking. Harry was a member of Concordia V.F.W. Post 5649 and Lila a member of its auxiliary.

They are survived by two daughters, Debbie Aponte (Edwin) and Lisa Galloway, both of Concordia; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; Harry’s sister: Barbara Johnson (Richard); Lila’s siblings: Ruth Deatherage, Omar Bredehoeft (Grace), Wilmer Bredehoeft, and Betty Lou Hurd (Richard); as well as nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Harry and Lila were preceded in death by their parents; daughter, Susan Diane Hinck; grandson, Daniel Erik Bales; Harry’s siblings: Becky Cothern, Donald Alpers, and Judy Reynolds; and Lila’s brothers: Robert, Harold, and Albert Bredehoeft.