Chester Shaddeau Jr.

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  • "I will always love and miss you Grandpa."
    - Jodi Cloutier
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    - grace curry
  • "Chet was the magnet who as Class Secretary held together..."
    - Evan Mathis
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Chester Harold Shaddeau Jr. died June 20 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. Chet 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. Chet was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann Henniger, whom he married in 1947 and who died in1999, and his first son, David Harold Shaddeau, who died in 1993. Chet is survived by his loving companion, Nancy Apthorp; son, Alan Matthew Shaddeau "Matt", of Colorado; daughter-in-law, Donna Livings Shaddeau (Glaser); four grand-children, Adrienne, Danielle, Richard, and Jodi; and six great grand-children. A private graveside ceremony will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy, with a time of remembrance to follow at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at a later date. For online condolences please visit

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Published in The Capital on June 29, 2014
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