OBITUARY

William Tucker

July 26, 1925July 17, 2021
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Daddy was born on July 26, 1925 to his parents Maude Jeanette and William Waloyd Tucker in Middletown, Ky; where later worked on a farm with his three brothers and two sisters in Anchorage, Ky. While walking to school one morning, he made a detour and went to the recruiting office where he was inducted into the U.S. Army on November 13, 1943. Come to find out, that journey was not uphill both ways. After boot camp, he was assigned to a anti-tank co., 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division (Buckeye Division). He was shipped out to the northern Solomons where he was involved in several beach landings and intense combat in Luzon, Bougainville, New Guinea and Manila as a machine gunner. While in the jungle, Daddy adopted a monkey that he named Susie. Susie stayed with him throughout his campaign and would alert him to sounds in the jungle that only she could hear. When rations ran low, he would watch her and eat whatever she ate. When Daddy was to be shipped out of the Philippines, he made sure she had all of her shots so he could bring her home. While waiting to board the ship, an announcement was made that if any animals were found on the ship, they would be thrown overboard. He couldn’t take that chance, so he gave Susie to a G.I. truck driver and told him to take good care of her. He talked about Susie for the rest of his life. Daddy was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic – Pacific Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Metal with Bronze Arrowhead and the Purple Heart. On November 26, 1947, he joined hands and entered into the bond of holy matrimony with our mother, Mary Lee Jackson. They celebrated their wedding at Mammoth Cave and remained devoted husband and wife for 74 years. Daddy had a long 37 years career as an Electrician/Lineman with the L&N Railroad. Always one for wearing a uniform, Daddy served as Assistant Scout Master and later Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 317 where he helped shape boys into young men. Daddy is survived by daughters Letitia Ann Oswald, Joyce Carol Stone and son William David Tucker (Jackie). Three grandchildren, Donnie Oswald (Adrianne), Greta Oswald (Pearl Fiancé), Joseph Stone (Shannon Fiancé), great granddaughters, Kyla and Keira Stone.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

Memories

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Sandra Horner

July 24, 2021

I remember sharing with Bill our love of decorating for Christmas, history, and love of dogs. He enjoyed children and would entertained them by wiggling his ears.

Tim Starke

July 24, 2021

It has been a true honor to have known Bill Tucker since we started attending the same church in 2011. Soon after we joined the church, Bill and Mary Lee invited my family over for dinner, and it was an experience we will never forget. His stories about serving in the Pacific will live with me forever, and I will continue to share them with other service members when we discuss what true courage and selflessness are all about. Bill was so humble when describing his actions in combat, but the gallantry and honor he displayed, both in war and throughout his life, were very evident to me as we shared stories and looked through his awards and photos. I have spent my entire adult life in the Armed Forces, but any of my contributions pale in comparison to those of Bill Tucker. He is a hero to me, and his life and service will never be forgotten. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him. May God Bless your family and bring you peace during this time.

Guy Adams

July 21, 2021

Dave, thank you for sharing your father’s obituary. It was special to read about his service to our country and his service to humankind. God bless you and your family. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Susan Hughes

July 21, 2021

I remember growing up visiting Uncle Bill, Aunt Mary Lee, and my cousins during the summer. Uncle Bill always wanted to share something about history or whatever he might be working on. When I think about Uncle Bill I remember him always sitting at the head of the table with his coffee in a golden color mug, chewing tobacco, and the “gun room” (the door was always locked). This is where he would share history. Uncle Bill will be missed by family for his wanting younger generations to learn about the past.

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