Donnie Burton Tucker Sr
The Patriarch of our family. He taught us to live and love and to always be genuine! He will truly be missed by all.
Don worked as a mechanic in his younger years, later worked for the Railroad, until he started driving commercial trucks. He was truly a pro! He competed in many Truck Rodeos always coming out with a win. After several years doing over the road driving, Don didn't like being away from his family and went back to Santa Fe Railroad and drove the trucks from the railroad depot to the port of Los Angeles. He also worked in the yard running the cranes until an injury caused him to take an early retirement. In 1994 Don and wife Barbara moved to Ozark, Missouri so that Barbara could be closer to her family.
Don had a passion for tools and had at least 4 of everything you'd ever need. He could fix anything and was always the go-to-man for family and friends. If anyone could fix it, he could.
He left this earth with all his loved ones at his side. One thing for sure, Don knew he was loved.
Don B. Tucker, Sr., of Ozark, died Thursday, December 22, 2016. He was born in Wilmington, CA on June 29, 1940, the son of Henry and Carlah Tucker. Don and Barbara were married in 1960 and celebrated 56 years together.
His beloved dog, Sophie, remained by his side during the last days of his life.
Don was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in his garage.He belonged to the Elks Lodge and the Eagles Lodge.
Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Debbie (Tyler) Partridge, Donnie (Tricia) Tucker, Jr., Steve(Michele) Tucker and Phillip (Kim) Tucker; many wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Rebecca Gilbert and Mary Tucker.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Clariece Smith-Joyner and Ann DeMik; and 2 infant children, Deanna Jean and Robert Dale.
Burial at the Rivermonte Cemetery.
Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 25, 2016