Lawrence Duplechan Sr.

November 25, 1931August 23, 2013
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Lawrence Duplechan, Sr.

We feel extremely blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to have been inspired, taught, supported, cared for and raised by Mr. Lawrence (Brother Larry) Duplechan Sr., and privileged to help celebrate his life. Affectionately known by various monikers and terms of endearment such as “Babe” or “BabyLow”, L.J., Brother Larry, and Brother Dupe, Larry Duplechan Sr. was a Godly man, a devout Christian; a mentor, a financial genius, a patriotic and proud soldier; a consummate Bible teacher, and an exemplary father and husband. He was a man who was genuinely and tirelessly devoted to both his family and to his faith in The Lord Jesus Christ. Larry Duplechan was born on November 25th 1931 in a small Louisiana town called Mermentau. He was the youngest child of Doris and Edolia Duplechan (ergo the nickname “BabyLow” and “Babe”). As a small boy, Larry was precocious, curious and clever; and as a young man, neat, intelligent, good looking and respectful. He was always wise well beyond his years. At the tender age of 16, driven by ambition and a sense of patriotism, Larry lied about his age and volunteered to serve in the United States Armed Forces. He served valiantly and proudly in the 24th Infantry Regiment during the Korean Conflict. Larry was proud to be recognized a “Buffalo Soldier” during times of war abroad and racial strife at home. Larry once stated: “… when I think of the Buffalo Soldiers I consider the fact that I in fact stand on the shoulders of all the Buffalo Soldiers who came before me and it brings about a true sense of pride and gratitude…” Larry received the honor and recognition of a Purple Heart medal for a gunshot wound received in battle. He was discharged after two tours in 1952, as a Corporal E-4. Following his Army service, Larry rekindled his relationship with his hometown sweetheart Margie Nell Andrus and married her in Sherman Oaks, California in June 1958. The two of them raised four boys: Lawrence Jr., Lloyd, Lonnie and Lester. Larry was a loving, devoted father and incredibly responsible and effective financial planner and provider. At all times, Larry strived to instill within his sons the notions of hard work, ethical behavior, the importance of education and loving the Lord. But more importantly than talking about it, he led from where he stood and demonstrated through the example of his life, his behavior, his dignity and his Faith. In 1953, Larry was hired by the Lockheed Aircraft as a “wash rack attendant”, hosing down airplanes. Throughout the ensuing course of 38 years of service with Lockheed, Larry attended technical college at night and earned certification as an electrical engineer. He advanced in the company through positions of increasing complexity and authority through the internal ranks of engineer, technical representative and engineering management. One of his long term projects was supervision of the autopilot mechanism on the L-1011 Tri-Star passenger jet. His last project prior to retirement was the F117-A Nighthawk stealth bomber.

Lawrence served as one of the founding members of Agape Community Church in 1989, and remained active until his recent illness. He has served as treasurer, deacon, and elder; and has also assisted with multiple real estate and construction projects. One of Larry’s great loves in life was teaching the Word to both new and experienced Christians. His Sunday School and Bible Study classes were well attended, insightful, and encouraged discussion and participation. Brother Dupe spent many hours each week researching details of the scripture in preparation for his class.

Family Tree Lawrence is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margie Nell Andrus Duplechan of Lancaster, California; 4 sons, Lawrence Jr.[Greg] of Woodland Hills, Ca., Lloyd[Jill] of Riverside, Ca., Lonnie of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., and Lester[Mellie] of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also survived by a brother, Doris “Don” Duplechain of Lancaster, Ca., a niece, Oreatha “Bea” Dunwoody of Pacoima, Ca. and first cousin Louise Dartest of Mermentau, La. Surviving grandchildren are Lauren Duplechan of Torrance, Ca., Lawrence III “Tré” of Riverside, Ca., Charity and Jordan Duplechan of Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., Heman, Noah, and Meseret Duplechan of Cincinnati, OH; and 1 great-grandson, Micah Duplechan of Torrance, Ca. Lawrence is preceded in death by his daughter, Juanita Gail Duplechan; sister Della Green, brothers Arthur James Miller, Direll “TBoy” Duplechan, and Doyle Duplechan; parents Doris and Edolia Duplechan, and grandparents Joseph and Olive Thibodeaux [Jollivette] and Octave and Corinne Duplechan.


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lawrence Duplechan Sr.

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September 8, 2013

I would not be where I am today had it not been for Larry's kindness, his generosity, and his willingness to mentor me as a very young and inexperienced engineer.
That was almost forty years ago.
From the bottom of my heart……thank you Larry.

Love and sympathy for the family.

C. Dane
Wichita, Kansas

Wil Bell II

September 5, 2013

Always a Gentleman. His smiles and encouragement where always appreciated. Blessed to know him and the rest of the Duplechan Family. May God's presence comfort and fill you in the days, weeks, and years to come.
Our Love and great sympathy The Bell Family

September 3, 2013

Dear Ex Neighbors Lester and Larry, We remember the old days on Gadsden. Take care and know that we valued our friendship with your family. Randy, Roger and Jo Ann BArnicki

Anastasia Tarpeh & Maurice Ellis

September 3, 2013

To Lester and Mellie, during this difficult time we are praying for you and your family. We pray for peace and God's comfort.

Dan Myers

September 2, 2013

For many years I was the Duplechan's pastor. I knew Larry to be wise, loving and full of grace. If Larry could be cloned and placed in any of our families without fathers, Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream," would be celebrated in lives as well as words. Marg, my dear, Larry has left you with a heart filled with love from a lifetime of devotion. You, the boys and their families will cherish that forever. How good it is for me to say and mean, I am honored to have been Larry's pastor and friend.

September 1, 2013

So very sorry Margie. I
know it is difficult, but God comforts as you know.
Peggy Campbell, Bend, OR

September 1, 2013

We were sorry to read that Larry had passed. He was a good man, a true neighbor and a pleasure to know. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences to all the family.
Gary and Linda Meeks

Judy Hutton

August 30, 2013

Dear Margie and Family,
I was so saddened to read in this mornings paper about Larry. I know that it is so hard to lose someone you love so dearly.
When I looked at the photo gallery, it brought back so many wonderful memories of your family, especially of your 50th wedding anniversary.
Rev. Myers wanted your e-mail address. I do not have it.
Please know that Leon and I will be praying for comfort for your family, because we are assured where Larry is already. Love, Judy

Anthony & Tamatha Duplechan

August 30, 2013

"You're in our prayers" wish we could be there to comfort you at this moment. God has chosen a great man. Our prayer is that God wraps you in His loving arms and rock the pain away. Be Blessed Family

A.C. Mitchell & Carolyn Mitchell

August 30, 2013

One of the greatest guys we have ever met. We will cherish the memories forever