Edward F. (Ned) Arps, age 78, passed away peacefully Monday, November 19th in The Woodlands surrounded by family. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 7, 1934 to Helen and Edward Arps. He is survived by Paula, his beloved wife of 56 years, and their 3 children, Cindy Albers, husband Mark, Marilyn James, husband Craig and Ted Arps, wife Janna, 11 loving grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his sister Janet Jarvie. He was preceded in death by Stephen Albers.
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Ned attended Cornell University graduating with consecutive degrees, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration in 1956/57. While at Cornell he rode crew and was president of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Paula and Ned were married in Bronxville, New York in 1956. He was employed by Exxon Mobil Corporation holding numerous executive positions retiring at age 54 in Houston after a successful 33 year career. Ned was a board member of the College of Biblical Studies for more than two decades as well as being in many leadership positions for Bible Study Fellowship which he attended faithfully for 31 years.
Ned's entire life demonstrated his love for Jesus Christ. He enjoyed politics, vacationing on Cape Cod, traveling, cruising, singing in the church choir and spending time with family. He was a "big" personality with a heart to match giving generously to many charities.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday November 26 at Crossroads Baptist Church, 5000 College Park Drive in The Woodlands, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to MD Anderson Cancer Center, specifying Lymphoma/Myeloma: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2012