Leon A. Alpaugh

Leon A. Alpaugh

Montana, USA
Death 17 Oct 2012 (aged 97)
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Burial Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 179852582 · View Source
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October 21, 1914 - October 17, 2012

The son of Nelson and Florence Alpaugh, Leon was born in Graceville, Montana. Leon grew up in Portland, OR. He came to Bellingham in 1934 to play football and baseball at Bellingham Normal School (now WWU).

Leon, or Leo, as he was also known to his family, was a gentle, quiet, hard-working and devoted family man. He was a role model to us all.

Leon met his wife of 72 years, Bette Hughes, while at school getting his teaching degree and they were married in 1939.

A lifelong educator, Leon served the USAF during WWII as an officer training instructor for bomber pilots and navigators.

After the war, he returned to Bellingham and
taught for 40 years. He taught and coached at Whatcom, Fairhaven, Bellingham High and Sehome High. He also served as a reserve USAF officer of the local reserves for over 20 years.

Leo greatly enjoyed coaching baseball, and led the American Legion Post#7 to Nationals in 1947.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Elks Club.

He built his home on South Hill and his vacation home on Lopez Island all by himself, a man of many talents.

He was preceded in life by his loving wife, Bette Alpaugh and niece, Julie Aydelotte.

Leo is survived by his brother-in-law, Bob Hughes (Donnie); sister-in-law, Alene Tomich; nieces and nephews, Susan Lindahl (Keith), Jennifer Lindahl and Stephanie Lindahl (Justin), Clark Lindahl, Jeff Hayward-Hughes (Cathy), Monty Hughes (Cindy), Steve Hughes (Leslie), Jim Michaelsen, John Michaelsen (Sandy), Rob Michaelsen (Karol); and many great-nieces and nephews.

A Burial Eucharist will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday, November 3rd at 1pm, followed by a reception in the Great Hall. Military Honors will be presented after the service. The Rev. Jonathan Weldon will be officiating.

Westford Family Funeral
Home & Cremation
Broadway at Eldridge

Published in Bellingham Herald from October 26 to October 28, 2012

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