Robert Dewitt Tucker
24 June , 1947 – 10 November , 2019
Robert Dewitt Tucker passed away peacefully, from cancer, on November 10, 2019, in Spokane, Washington at the age of 72. His family was by his side. Bob was born in Casper, Wyoming on June 24, 1947. He was predeceased by his parents, Wayne and Melba Joslyn Tucker, and his brothers, Terry Arnold, Michael Charles, and Paul Scott Tucker. Bob was a proud Veteran of the United States Army, and served four years, with two years being in Vietnam. He is the recipient of The Bronze Star, the Medal of Good Conduct and Medal of the Republic of Vietnam Service.
Bob married Deanna Lynn Winkes on July 11, 1970 in Casper, Wyoming. He and Deanna have two children, Kimberly Dawn and Jeffrey Wayne and two grandsons, Aiden & Gavin Tucker. Bob worked for Salt Creek Freightways, alongside his dad and brothers, in Casper, Wyoming and later in Spokane, WA. He and Deanna relocated to Spokane in 1979 due to job transfer. Bob made many friends throughout his business career with Silver Eagle Company, Priority Freight, Spokane Transfer and Unishippers. Bob loved outdoor activities, which included rafting and golf, and hanging out with his favorite “pals,” grandsons Aiden and Gavin, who brought such joy to his life.
Bob is survived by his wife Deanna, of 49 years; daughter Kim and daughter-in-law Heidi; his son Jeff and daughter-in-law Amy and their children Aiden and Gavin Tucker; along with sister Donna & Barrie Heinzenknecht, nephews Greg Michael & Forest Heinzenknecht, sister-in-law Darlene Tucker and nephew Derek Tucker, and sister-in-law Suzanne & Don Stroh; niece Jamie Jourgenson, sister-in-law JeNiene Dimond, nephew Kevin Dimond, niece Amy Dimond, nephew Keith Dimond; along with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and numerous friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:00 pm at Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. Inurnment will be held later in the summer in Bob’s hometown of Casper, Wyoming. A reception after the service will be held at Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s name to the NorthwestGolfersforWarriors.org
- Celebration of Life Saturday, 16 November , 2019
Robert Dewitt Tucker
17 November 2019
Bobby’s mom and my mom were best friends all of their lives. Bobby dated my cousin Jeannie Marvel, got interrogated by her older brothers. His smile, holding his hand out, ‘put it in the vice’, always made me smile.
14 November 2019
Bob was my best friend from the day I was allowed out of my yard on West 21st. All through grade school, junior high and high school, right up until we stood shoulder to shoulder at the Denver Army Induction Center the day we got sworn in to the Army. I went to Missouri and he went to Texas. He was the best friend a guy could have through all the joys and sorrows of growing up. I will miss him deeply.
14 November 2019
Very early last Saturday morning, November 10, 2019, Jesus sent a whole U.S. Army of Angels to lift Bob up to Heaven. Jesus was simply fulfilling His promise that one day Bob would be with Him in Paradise. Unlike many, Bob heeded God's word to be ready and he was. He spoke, prayed and had Holy Communion two times with the hospital Chaplain. And he watched all eight sermons on YouTube by Father Robert Ard, Rector of the Church of the Holy Cross, Tryon, NC. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes reference to His Father's house where there are many rooms and that He was going there to prepare a place for His Disciples. While we too can all look forward to that room that will ours in Heaven, I can not help but believe that God has always had a special place in mind so that Bob would not need a room. So Bob has already been assigned by God to assist Saint Peter at the " Pearly" Gate of Heaven. Who else would we rather first see and hug than dearest Bob Tucker. But now I miss you so very much Bob and I always will till we meet again. But I will be praying that you won't be too tough on me. With all my love to you and all your family who will follow faithfully in you footsteps that you have laid down so clearly.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus, Amen