Tippett David Edward Tippett. Unborn yesterday, dead tomorrow, Why fret if life be sweet? David Edward Tippett, 58, of Baton Rouge, La., passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Tulane University Medical Center, after a brief illness. Labor relations counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and former director of the Crescent City (Bridge) Connection Division in New Orleans. Retired Army Major and three-tour decorated Iraqi War veteran. David was born November 5, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio, to Thelma Jean and Neil Edward Tippett. Raised in the suburb of Whitehall. Graduate, Whitehall-Yearling High School, 1973, B.A. English, Virginia Military Institute, 1977, M.A., literature, University of Michigan, 1984. J.D., Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, 1994. Former instructor, United States Military Academy at West Point; mechanized infantry commander, Fort Hood, Texas; and in-house counsel, Louisiana Gas Service, New Orleans, Preceded in death by father Neil. Survived by children, Matthew Whitaker, Nicholas Andrew Tippett and wife, Lindsay, Kenleigh Elisabeth Almeida and husband, Carlos, all of Baton Rouge; mother, Jean Tippett; sister, Susan Elizabeth Tippett of Columbus. The mother of his children, good friend and caregiver, Linda Tippett; her parents, Fred and Edith Dixon, all of Zachary, La.; sister-in-law, Carol Jean Guarnieri and husband, John of New Orleans. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Plains Presbyterian Church, 22929 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary, La. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, August 22, 2013 after 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday, August 23, 2013 after 9 a.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Plains Presbyterian Church Cemetery under the directions of RABENHORST FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 21, 2013