Ted Joe Tucker

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ted Joe Tucker passed away peacefully beside members of his loving family in the Veteran's Home, in Mount Vernon, Mo., on Dec. 10, 2015. Born on July 27, 1932, Ted was the youngest son of Setta Jane and Auzie Tucker, of Doniphan, Mo.

Blessed with an easy-going manner and a wry sense of humor, Ted was a peaceful soul. He led a quiet and dignified life, devoid of any animosity or personal conflict. However, behind Ted's extremely modest and humble demeanor lay a sharp intellect. He earned a degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Missouri's School of mines at Rolla, in 1954. But, to his credit, Ted never flaunted his distinguished academic credentials. He remained very much a common man despite his notable accomplishments.

Ted was also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals Fan, who followed his favorite team for most of his life.

Ted was a Navy veteran who faithfully served his country during the early years of the Cold War. He performed his assigned duties with competence while serving on the Dixie class destroyer USS Piedmont. From 1955 to 1957, Ted served in the Pacific Theater like his brothers before him, Willard and Carl Tucker, who both served World War II. After his service in the United States Navy, Ted then enjoyed a longtime career working for the United States Government in St. Louis.

Ted lived the last years of his life near family members in Nevada, Mo., which included Teri and Chris Posey, and Betty and Willard "Will" Tucker. Will affectionately referred to his youngest brother simply as "Teddy Jo." An introverted, but very likable and genuine person, Ted was known not to have harmed any person in his long life. For such reasons, Ted Tucker will be sorely missed by his loving family.

Ted leaves behind his nephew, Phillip Tucker, of Maryland; niece, Teri Posey and husband, Chris, of Nevada; and sister-in-law, Betty Tucker, also of Nevada. His many friends included LaVon Posey, of Nevada, who kept him in supply of cookies, which he loved.

Our special thanks to the staff of Medicalodge, in Nevada, and the Mount Vernon Veteran's Home who made his final days so special.

Arrangements were provided by Edwards Funeral Home, Doniphan, Mo.