Erwin Alpern

Erwin Alpern, died May 20, 2015 at age 96 in St. Louis, Mo. Formerly of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife, Adell Hardin Alpern since 1949, and is lovingly remembered by his daughter Darien (Stephen) Arnstein in St. Louis and his two grandsons, Jonathan and Benjamin Arnstein in New York City.  Erwin’s two siblings, Shirley Lebow Hellman and A. Melvin Alpern, predeceased him.  Erwin and Adell moved to St. Louis in 2007 to be closer to family, but they always remained connected to their Oklahoma City roots. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1940 with a BS degree in Business Administration, and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1946.  He entered the US Army in June, 1942 and served until 1946 in the Army Finance and Army Air Corps when he was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He was recalled to service in 1950 during the Korean War and served as an instructor in the Army Finance department until discharged in 1952. He practiced law and then became of counsel with the Oklahoma City firm Spradling, Alpern, Friot and Gum through 2005. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Emanuel Synagogue, with burial service to follow. Contributions are requested to Emanuel Synagogue Endowment Fund, 900 N.W. 47th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118, National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section or the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School.