David William Tuttle

May 19, 1926March 11, 2018

David William Tuttle went to be with God on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the age of 91. He was born in New Orleans on May 19, 1926. Beloved husband of Dorothy Lou Lawrence Tuttle for 68 years. Loving father of Dorsee Underwood, Laurie Tuttle, and Marie Bouchereau (William). Grandfather of Rebecca Lambert, Matthew Underwood, Amanda Underwood, David Bouchereau, Alexis Bouchereau, and Emily Bouchereau. Great grandfather of Lucas Underwood and Liam Underwood. Son of the late William Walter Tuttle and Ethel Holland Tuttle and brother of the late Beverly Seirsdale and Elizabeth Scheser. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

David attended public elementary and secondary schools in New Orleans as well as Tulane University from 1943 to 1944. Afterwards, he served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. After receiving an honorable discharge, he enrolled in Maybin Export-Import Institute in New Orleans where he graduated in 1948. He became licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department as an Individual Customshouse Broker on May 29, 1952.

David was previous president and owner of George William Rueff Custom House Brokers and Freight Forwarders, which was established in New Orleans in 1870, and received the first issued brokers license on March 6, 1917. He was a member of the World Trade Club, Traffic & Transportation Club of Greater New Orleans, International Freight Forwarders & Custom Broker Association of New Orleans, and National Custom Broker and Freight Forwarders Association of America, as well as, numerous other business organizations.

Dave was an early member of the Third District Volunteer Fire Department, serving as President and Chief intermittently throughout his firefighting days. He was also active in various civic and social organizations, including the American Legion and VFW. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church for many years, serving on the vestry and teaching Sunday school.

He was a wonderful southern gentleman who loved everything about New Orleans culture, especially the food. He loved football season and enjoyed the family getting together to watch the LSU Tigers and the Saints. His enthusiasm for his beloved city was infectious.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the medical professionals who took care of Dave: Dr. David Snyder, for whom he had so much confidence and respect and Dr. Ka-Yan Tong for her special care. Also thanks to the medical professionals in East Jefferson Hospital’s cardiac care unit, CCU, and cath lab. Special thanks to Rosemarie and the rest of the staff at Visiting Angels, along with Guardian Angels Hospice for their attentive care.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 AM to 2 PM on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd in New Orleans. A grave site service will follow in Lake Lawn Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2109 17th Street in Kenner, LA 70062.

To view and sign the family guest book please visit


  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, March 19, 2018

David William Tuttle

have a memory or condolence to add?

Karen Reidy

March 20, 2018

"Uncle Moe" will be missed by our family. He was such a kind, generous and wonderful person. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives. He will forever be in our memories and prayers. Loving thoughts go out to his whole family.
The Reidy/Schwalb Families

Tara Setzer

March 19, 2018

I was so lucky to spend time with “Grandpa” on a few trips to New Orleans with his grand daughter, Becky. He made me feel so welcome to their loving family and showed off his city with such enthusiasm. Wishing your family much peace at this time and sending lots of love.

Margaret Flaig Larson

March 17, 2018

Mr. Dave was my Dads Best Friend and I knew him growing up all my life. He was the biggest Sweetheart I ever knew, kind, loving and a devoted family man. I will never forget the kind words he shared with me at my Dads funeral years ago. He was a True Southern Gentleman and I have fond memories of growing up with him in my life. Much love to Ms Dorothy & the Family.
Love Margaret Flaig Larson

Winnie Flaig

March 17, 2018

Our prayers and love are with you and your family. The Flaig family.

Thomas Holley

March 16, 2018

My condolences to Mr. Tuttle's family on his passing! Mr. Tuttle was truly a people person, not only conducting business with his clients but to Customs employees as well. I always looked forward to seeing him when he came to the Customhouse to conduct business, as he was always so upbeat. Mr. Tuttle's professionalism and personality will always be remembered. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Tom Holley
U.S. Customs - Retired

Dawn Bouchereau Elrod

March 16, 2018

My condolences to the family. He was a sweet and gentle soul to be around. I know he will be missed by his love ones very much. Just know that he will always live on through your love for him. My God bless your family in this time of sorrow.

Nicole Pecot

March 15, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered as Paw Paw Tuttle to us. He was so kind and I know he will be greatly missed.

Patricia Mitchell

March 15, 2018

My condolences to the Tuttle Family. Mr. Tuttle was the perfect gentleman. He always made me feel comfortable whenever he would bring work to the CustomHouse. He will always be remembered as the "gentle man". RIP.

Marietta Digatono

March 14, 2018

One of my favorite memories of Mr. Tuttle was when he came to Minneapolis to see Dorsee and we drove up north to Itasca State Park with Dorsee’s mom and him. We were walking along on one of the paths at the park and he suddenly hurried ahead of us. We weren't sure where he was going in such a hurry. We found him taking off his shoes and socks so he could walk in the start of the Mississippi water! He was such a wonderful man, he will be missed!

Evelyn Fuselier

March 14, 2018

So sorry to hear! Dave was such a kind wonderful person. He always had a great big smile . I will always remember him for his famous phrase "You're pretty smart for a girl!" RIP Gentleman Dave! You will be missed! Prayers for Dave and his family!

Evelyn Fuselier
U S Customs
New Orleans