Chester Shaddeau

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SHADDEAU, CHESTER HAROLD died June 20, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Chet was born in Norfolk, VA on November 8, 1925, son of Chester H. Shaddeau Sr. and Lena Mae Shaddeau (Cannon). While growing up, he lived in Norfolk, VA, San Diego, CA, China, and the Phillipines. He attended Maury High School in Norfolk, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He graduated Naval Intelligence (PG) at Anacostia and served as Assistant Naval Attache in Caracas Venezuela. He successfully served on USS Van Valkenburgh (DD656), USS Tarawa (CV40), USS Tausig (DD746) and USS O'Hare (DD889) prior to his honorable discharge in 1959. He joined the Martin Co., Denver, CO where he was engaged in the construction of Titan I and II ICBM rockets for the manned space flight program as a Field Engineering Supervisor. In 1963, he joined NASA as the director of several satellite tracking stations in Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Quito Ecuador, and Madrid Spain. He retired from civil service in 1986. He has served as class secretary for the USNA Class of '47 for the past 20 years. He will be missed by his loving companion, Nancy Apthorp. Chet married Patricia Ann Henniger in 1947 (d. 1999). His first son, David Harold Shaddeau died in 1993. Chet is survived by his son Alan Matthew Shaddeau (Matt), of Colorado, daughter-in-law Donna Livings Shaddeau (Glaser), four grand-children: Adrienne, Danielle, Richard, and Jodi, and 6 great grand-children. Inurnment will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00 am at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Smile Operation Smile 3641 Faculty Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23453 and/or the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at USNA Museum Preble Hall, 118 Maryland Ave Annapolis, MD 21402 For online condolences please visit

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Published in The Capital on Aug. 3, 2014
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