Ralph O. Alpen

Ralph O. Alpen of West Grove Ralph O. Alpen, 82, of West Grove, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Christiana Hospital, Wilmington, Del. He was the husband of Eunice Spencer Alpen with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Rudolph and Edith Guttenberg Alpen. Ralph was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the Korean Conflict and was a member of the New Apostolic Church, Lancaster. He was employed with the Franklin Mint, Media, as a model maker and master engraver. Ralph was commissioned to engrave commemorative guns for the Apollo 8 astronauts and for the President of the Soviet Union, Leonard Brezhnev. He also designed and engraved several Baseball World Series rings during the 1970's. He is survived by his wife; six children, Michael Alpen and his wife, Petra of Cape Coral, Fla., Denis Dodenhoff and her husband, Ed of Valrico, Fla., Diane Rivera and her husband, Carlos of Estero, Fla., Lisa Alpen of West Grove, Renee Solum of West Grove, Mark Alpen of New Castle, Del.; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving grandson, Michael Rivera. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the New Apostolic Church, 2425 Spring Valley Rd., Lancaster, Pa, where friends and family called Sunday, July 14 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph's name may be made to the New Apostolic Church, 2425 Spring Valley Rd., Lancaster, Pa. 17601. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford. On-line condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. - Oxford
86 Pine Street  Oxford, PA 19363
610 932-9584
Published in the Southern Chester County on July 16, 2013