Fitzhenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home

1637 Esmeralda Place, Minden, NV


Phillip Errol TUCKER

September 29, 1942July 23, 2019

Colonel Phillip E. Tucker U. S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Colonel Tucker was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on September 29, 1942, and grew up in northern Virginia. He was a longtime Nevada resident who most recently resided in Daphne, Alabama. He passed away on July 23, 2019, in Pensacola, Florida, after a brief illness.

He was the First Captain of the Regiment of Cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated with highest academic honors. Subsequently, Duke University selected him as the 1964 recipient of the British Commonwealth Fellowship in Political Theory.

Col. Tucker was commissioned a second lieutenant of Marine infantry. He participated in combat operations as an infantry commander in the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Vietnam. He later served in the Republic of Korea on the DMZ and at the UN forces headquarters at Yongsan.

He graduated in 1977 from the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College with a Master of Science degree in Military Science. In 1985, he graduated from the National War College with a master’s degree in International Security Affairs.

Col. Tucker also served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Marine headquarters in Washington, D. C., and as the Senior Marine Officer, Headquarters, U. S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Col. Tucker’s last assignment was as the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California.

His personal decorations include: two awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Bronze Star for valor, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, and two awards of the Meritorious Service medal.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Col. Tucker taught American History and Western Civilization for the Barstow Community College extension in Coleville, California. He coached football and baseball at Coleville and Smith Valley high schools for sixteen years. He also served at Douglas High School as an assistant baseball coach and as an umpire for Carson Valley Girls Softball. Nothing gave him more pleasure than seeing the young people with whom he had worked and their families.

Col. Tucker is survived by his beloved Cissy, his wife of forty-four years, daughter, Lora Kaasch, and son-in-law, Jake Kaasch of Round Rock, Texas. Survivors also include brother, Thomas Cleveland Tucker, and his wife, Carrie, as well as brother-in-law, Noah Hinton, and his wife, Bonnie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Col. Tucker to City of Refuge in Gardnerville, Nevada, or St. Vincent’s Dining Room, Reno, Nevada.



  • Funeral Mass Thursday, August 1, 2019


  • Burial


Phillip Errol TUCKER

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Graham Pervier

August 3, 2019

Phil’s was a life well and richly lived.

Our prayers for Cissy and family.

Graham and Karen Pervier
‘59 Atoms football

Travis Edney

July 30, 2019

As a Smith Valley High School senior in 2002, my dream was to play college baseball after graduating. Mr. Tucker was an opposing coach for Coleville High School at this point in his career. Playing sports in a 1A school does not receive a lot of scouting attention nor recruitment, so I figured it would be a good idea to ask an opposing coach to write a letter of recommendation to help my chances. Mr. Tucker had seen me play throughout my high school career and what better of a person to ask for a recommendation from. He accepted my offer and was more then happy to help me out. He wrote a wonderful, honest and detailed letter that I honestly believe helped make my dream come true. I still have his letter that he wrote me seventeen years ago. I unfortunately did not get the privilege to play for him, but he made an impact on my life and I am very grateful to have known him. RIP coach, and thanks again.

Debbie Eve

July 30, 2019

I got to know Phil through Cissy, a fellow teacher. They invited me to their house a number of times for dinner. Phil was always so gracious and complimentary. He was easy to talk to, and I loved hearing his stories! We went shooting in Smith Valley one time, and Phil taught me how to hit the target- he was a patient teacher! Phil was so humble. If you didn’t know he was an officer in the Marine Corps, he certainly wasn’t going to brag about it. Phil was a fantastic husband, father, friend, and human being! He will be missed, but I know he’s in the loving arms of Jesus and I’ll see him again someday!

Sandra Coverley

July 30, 2019

What an impressive and distinguished career Phil had. You are going to miss him so much Cissy. Call me sometime so we can get together for lunch and a much needed visit.