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Theodore "Ted" Lapka

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Lapka, Theodore A. "Ted" Age 91, WWII U.S. Army Air Force vet, a longtime resident of Olympia Fields, IL, died Thursday, December 1, 2011 at ManorCare Health Services in Naperville, IL. He was born April 20, 1920 in Hawthorne, IL. Beloved husband of the late Annice "Tillie" Lapka, whom he married November 28, 1947, loving father of Michael (Elaine) Lapka of Houston, TX, Betsey Cassell of Denver, CO and Thomas (Karen) Lapka of Naperville, adored grandfather of Rosemary and Henry Lapka and Evan Lapka, devoted son of the late John and Mary Lapka, loving brother of John (Arlene) Lapka of Orland Park, IL and Josie (the late Jerry) Klepal of Chicago, fond uncle of many. Ted attended St. Ignatius High School graduating in June, 1938. When he was a high school senior, Ted had the good fortune to compete in the National Catholic High School track meet at Notre Dame University (Analogous to playing in the Super Bowl in professional football). He was awarded a football scholarship and finished a semester at DePaul University before transferring to St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. Ted continued his education at St. Ambrose earning a B.A. degree with a major in Latin with minors in Spanish and education. He continued to excel in football and track during his college years and was an initial inductee into the St. Ambrose Hall of Fame in 1979. Ted started his professional football career with the Chicago Cardinals in 1942. After he was released by the Cardinals he was picked up by the Washington Redskins and was a member of the team in 1943, 1944 and 1946. His NFL years were interrupted by a short stint in the U.S. Army Air Force where he played exhibition football for the 8th Army Air force football team, the Super Bombers. While with the Redskins, he was attending DePaul University Law School graduating with a Law degree in 1948. Ted then practiced law from 1948 through 1961 as counsel to Bituminous Casualty Corporation in Chicago engaging in investigative, administrative and trial work. In 1962, he became employed as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and retired in 1990 at age 70. Ted continued in general law practice until December, 2000. Ted has always been active as a civic and community leader. In 1961, he was elected police magistrate of Olympia Fields. He also served as a charter member of the Olympia Fields Lions Club, the Boy Scouts and served as Park District Commissioner for Olympia Fields for fifteen years. Ted was professionally active with the Federal Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, South Suburban Association, the National Football League Alumni Association, the Washington Redskins football Alumni Association, and, of course, the Advocates Society. He was also honored as an initial inductee of the St. Ambrose College Hall of Fame. Visitation Sunday, December 4, 2:00-8:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville. Services will begin Monday, December 5, 9:15 A.M. from the funeral home and will proceed to a 10:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 655-7525. For info. (630)355-0213, www.friedrich-jones.com.
Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 3, 2011
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