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Nelson Burnell "Doc" Alpers
Nelson Burnell "Doc" Alpers went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
He was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Great Bend, Kan., to Clarence and Vera Alpers. He was raised in the rural German community of Hudson, Kan., where he and his two brothers rode horses bareback to attend a one-room school. He later was a student at Hutchinson Junior College and Kansas State University. He left the farm and entered the natural gas pipeline industry and had a successful 40-year career with Northern Natural Gas Company, Transwestern Pipeline and Enron. He made many friends in the natural gas industry and was well known for his expertise. Doc was appointed to the National Pipeline Safety Committee, which met regularly in Washington, D.C. His career took him from Great Bend to Laverne, Okla., to Pampa, Texas, and to Roswell, where he raised his family before retiring in Midland, Texas.
Doc was the president of the Noon Optimist Little League baseball, serving on the board of directors. He coached his children and his grandchildren. He was involved in Goddard High School sports booster club and he took great pleasure in following his kids' and grandkids' sporting activities. He frequented his town home in Ruidoso and loved spending time there with his family. Doc was known for his green thumb and took great pride in his yard and garden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Vera.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Midland, Texas; sons Greg and his wife, Jody, of Roswell, Doug and Danielle Alpers, of Alamogordo, and Brad Alpers, of Carlsbad; his daughter Diane Leven and husband, Neal, of Roswell; eight grandchildren, Kyle (Casey) Alpers, Kim (Chris) LaDuca, Emily (Caleb) Grant, Nick Alpers and Justin Alpers, Steven DuCharme, Shannon DuCharme and Jim Alpers; as well as four great-grandchildren, Corbin and Cooper Alpers, and Jabyn and Tevya LaDuca. He is also survived by his brothers Marion and wife, Juanita Alpers, of Hudson, Kan., and Warren and wife, Shirley Alpers, of Hutchinson, Kan., plus numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Roswell at Christ's Church at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by Chris LaDuca. The family would like to acknowledge Dr. John McKenna and the staff on the third floor of Select Specialties Hospital in Midland for the compassionate care they gave Doc during his last days.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 10 to Apr. 10, 2011
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