Lakewood - Theodore (Ted) Julian Lepski, born August 3, 1924, of Lakewood, New Jersey, passed away into the loving arms of Jesus Christ on June 23, 2021.
Ted was born in Plattsburgh, New York. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1946 and later received a MS degree in Engineering from the University of Arizona. During his long, distinguished career in the U.S. Army he served in Korea, Japan, Germany and in the Dominican Republic, as well as numerous assignments throughout the United States. He was awarded the Legion of Merit. He became one of the Army's earliest experts in the field of computer science. Ted rose through the ranks to become a full colonel, finally retiring in 1975.
A voracious reader, he also enjoyed classical music, hiking, tennis and swimming. In retirement, he had the time to fully engage in his many interests, becoming an accomplished photographer and fine woodworker. He also continued to pursue his interest in computers. Two of his favorite past times were watching his beloved New York Yankees and old Western movies.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Philomina M. Tardio Lepski, of Lakewood, New Jersey, sons Theodore J. Lepski of Chesapeake, Virginia, and William A. Lepski, of Richmond, Virginia, daughters Mary-Kathyrn Krotseng of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Patricia M. Pruitt of Carrollton, Virginia and Eileen M. Hicks of Stephens City, Virginia, as well as by twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ted was predeceased by his first wife, Kathryn M. Reilly Lepski, a son, Michael G. Lepski, granddaughter Anne Marie Pruitt of Carrollton, Virginia, his sister Florence A. Anderson of Montclair, New Jersey, and brother Walter P. Lepski of Spokane, Washington.
Ted was a brilliant man with an inquisitive mind and a sharp wit, who enjoyed telling a good story. He was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., on July 7, 2021 at D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Ave, Lakewood, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on July 8, 2021 at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, 1674 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, N.J. Interment will follow at the General Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province Line Road, Wrightstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity of the donor's choice
Published by Asbury Park Press from Jun. 24 to Jun. 27, 2021.