Chester Theodore Alpaugh
Chester Theodore Alpaugh
  • October 6, 1924 - February 18, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Chester Theodore Alpaugh, Jr, passed away on February 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was 92 years old.

Ted was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Ted was an amazing man and ultimate gentleman, with the most kind and generous heart. He was the eternal optimist, greeting everyone with his warm, infectious smile. He was a true family man and a loyal friend to many. He loved his family and friends immensely, as they loved him. Ted (known as Paw Paw to his family) was the rock, the man who did it all and a true patriarch. He was a sincerely unique individual and will be dearly missed. Our time with Ted was priceless, his effect on our lives cannot be measured and will not be forgotten.

Ted was an avid tennis player and a regular fixture at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club. He also loved spending time at his country home on the Wolf River in Pass Christian, Mississippi with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a nature boy at heart and knew everything there was to know about the outdoors. Ted was a great story teller and teacher, and he loved to share his knowledge of tennis, gardening, family history and personal recipes, i.e. "Alpaugh Dip" and Old Fashioneds, to name a few. He was a true engineer, who could solve any problem he was faced with. Numerous family dinners on State Street are a very special memory for those who were lucky enough to take part.

Ted was born in New Orleans on October 6, 1924. As a young man after graduating from high school, Ted enlisted in U.S. Army Air Corps to serve his nation in World War II. Afterwards, Ted attended and graduated from Tulane University where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and was member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. While at Tulane, he met the love of his life, Sedley Hayward Roussel, who he married on October 2, 1954. Ted and Sedley raised four children in their family home on State Street in New Orleans.

Ted was president and co-founder of Devlin & Alpaugh, Inc. He was a member of the Louisiana Debating and Literary Association, the Boston Club, the Stratford Club, the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, The Lake Shore Club, the Old Men's Hunting Club and Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a member of several Carnival organizations.

Ted is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sedley Hayward Roussel Alpaugh; his four children, Chester Theodore Alpaugh, III (Kay), William Roussel Alpaugh (Barbara), Sedley Hayward Alpaugh Oxford (Brad) and Jane Hayward Alpaugh Delmer (Sam); his twelve grandchildren, Chester Theodore Alpaugh, IV, William Roussel Alpaugh, Jr., (Elizabeth), George Reade Alpaugh (Jennie), Robert Bradley Alpaugh, Barbara Bradley Alpaugh Friedrichs (Jerry), James Hillman Clark, Virginia Legier Alpaugh, Sedley Hayward Clark, Robert Saunders Clark, Samuel Scott Delmer, Caroline Legier Delmer and Margaret Hayward Delmer; and, his two great granddaughters, Marguerite Hayward Friedrichs and Sophia Amelie Alpaugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Theodore Alpaugh and Henrietta Olga Legier; his sisters, Mary Alpaugh McIlhenny (Doug), Jean Alpaugh Stone (Langdon) and Cynthia Ann Alpaugh; and, his brother, Edward Saunders Alpaugh.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:30 am. Visitation will be held prior to the services beginning at 10:30 am. Burial will take place privately for the family.