Arthur Francis Dextradeur

August 7, 1930 - October 14, 2012

08/07/1930 - 10/14/2012

Portsmouth – Arthur F. Dextradeur, 82, passed away October 14, 2012. He was born in 1930 to the late Francis L. and Keziah Dextradeur in Massachusetts. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 and served with the Navy Show Band as a musician. Left to cherish his memory are his children Wayne Dextradeur, and Leon Dextradeur and his wife Leann, as well as one grandson, Dillon Dextradeur. He is preceded in death by one brother, Robert Dextradeur. A graveside service will be in Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk VA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions be sent to Horton Wreath Society, 1401 Trapelo Ct. Virginia Beach VA, 23456. Please visit to express condolences to the family.

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Bob Marchand
7 years ago

Dear Leon, Dana & I are so sad to hear of the passing of your father. I hope it was peaceful and not unexpected. If there is anything we can do please call. God bless you, Leann, and your family during this emotional time.

Joe Giltner
7 years ago

Dex old buddy, I’ll never forget all the good times & great conversations we had. Working on your computer, pizza & beer at East Side. Your Chow Mein was the best, with the noodles from that place in Mass. I always looked forward to hearing, “Tip-top-o’-the morning, Joseph.” Thanks for all the stories & memories, I will always treasure our friendship. Love you man…

B.J. Hujdich Jr.
7 years ago

Dex will be missed by alot of people. He worked the front desk at Tucker House, a senior apartment complex in Norfolk. All of the residents enjoyed Dex at the desk. I was glad to have had the pleasure of working with Dex. We talked about Drums and Music all the time. Father God has another drummer in Heaven. Dex will be with his old buddies doing chops. My sympathy goes out to his family. I will miss you Dex!

Anthony Mirabile
7 years ago

Dex..My first Drum Teacher! You turned out some of the finest musicians in the Tidewater area.I’ll never forget as a child of 10 years old ,when I first started studying with you. It was the happiest time of my childhood each week. To go to Dex’s house for my drum lesson. You gave me the nickname “Professor” and “Sunshine and Health”.I still have the wooden drumpad your Father made for you as a little boy.You gave it to me and I have travelled all over the US with it by my side.I am so glad your friend brought you over to see me a couple yrs ago.We had some real memories.I can remember you vividly,teaching me all the drum rudiments,as a child.The world will miss your dearly.And so will I.Love Ya….RLRRLRLL…Say Hello to “All the Cats”..RLLLRRRLLLRR….PRAYERS FOR YOUR fAMILY..UH 1, UH 2, UH 1234! Keep On Swinging..Mister DEX!

John Gilbert
7 years ago

I knew Art as a drummer at the Melody Room in Norfolk. He was a big help to me in my drumming. God bless him.

Greg Sandler
7 years ago

I spent many years working with Dex at the law firm, and knew well why he was so appreciated and valued by Robert Epstein for all those years together. He was an interesting guy and will be missed.

Kim Matvey
7 years ago

Leon & Leann,

Everyone knows how difficult it is to lose a family member, our sympathy is with you. Please remember, we are always here for you!

Our love and support,

Larry & Kim

janine stephenson
7 years ago

Leon and leanne, I am so sorry for your loss. Your in my prayers. Janine

Gerrie & Herb West
7 years ago


We are saddened to hear about your father’s passing and wish you comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gerrie & Herb

Keene Black
7 years ago


Debbie and I send our codolences and are sorry to hear about your dad. We will be out of town but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If we can help in any way please call.

With love

Debbie and Keene

Rita Cyphers
7 years ago

Sending my deepest sympathy in the loss of your Father, Arthur Francis Dextradeur. May you find peace in knowing that you were a son any father would be proud of and that you honored him by caring for him when he was no longer able to care for himself.

Anne Williams
7 years ago

Sorry to hear of Dex’s passing. He was always fun to work with, and even more fun during the holidays, especially at Halloween when we worked together at Mr. Epstein’s office in Norfolk.

Harry E. Morris
7 years ago

Wayne and Leon et al,

You may not remember me because you haven’t seen me since you were little boys. I am so sorry for your loss and I want to extend my condolences to you and all your families. I lost touch for a long time but I think of “Dex” and his family often. I didn’t know he was in Portsmouth. I’m sorry to have to find him in this way. I am going to make every effort to get to Hortons tomorrow and will see you there.

Harry E. Morris

2436 Smith Ave.


Judy Vroegindewey
7 years ago

Wayne, Leon, and family..I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I just now learned of it while looking up another person’s name. As you may remember I have so many memories of your dad. He was more than a “boss” to me, helping me raise my kids and get to know the Hampton Rds. area. I will never forget him.