Funeral services were held Feb. 12 at Mueller Funeral Home in Peru. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in LaSalle, IL with full military rites conducted by the United States Marine Corps and Peru Veterans Memorial Group.
Mr. Alpert was born June 11, 1921 in Sedalia, to Sam and Bessie (Malin) Alpert. He married Thelma Bacon on April 28, 1943 in Kansas City, Mo.
Mr. Alpert was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having served During World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He received numerous military citations for participation in many island battles including Iwo Jima. He was a recipient of a Commanding General’s Citation and a Presidential Unit Citation. After World War II, Bob remained in the USMC Reserves and retired with the rank of Major.
He received his Bachelors Degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State University where he was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. He was a coach and teacher at Peru Washington Junior High School from 1951-1981. He was a founding member of the Peru Educator’s Association. Bob coached basketball for 19 years at Peru Washington. His teams won many league championships and nearly half of his teams went unbeaten. His lightweight and heavyweight teams had a combined record of 190-24 in his last seven years. He was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1982. He received the IBCA Buzzy O’Connor Award in 1994. The Robert Alpert Award was established after Bob’s retirement to honor the best girl or boy athlete of the year at Peru Washington Junior High School, now known as Peru Parkside School. He was president of the Illinois Valley Officials Association which he helped to establish in 1975. He was also a former Illinois Valley Community Hospital Redcoat.
He is survived by close friends, including Steve and Kathy Parker, Mike and Jacqueline Urnikis and Greg and Lynn Smigel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma on Dec. 10, 1993; his son, Allen Alpert; his sister, June Alpert and his brothers, Ned, Harry, Jack, Paul and Joe Alpert.
Pallbearers were Steve Parker, Mike Urnikis, Greg Smigel, Terry Lane and John Riva. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Dellinger, Clarence Dingerson and Dan Brooks.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.