John M. Tucci
April 28, 1925 – October 30, 2018
No matter how busy or ill he might have been John M. Tucci always found humor in life and shared it with friends and family. On October 30th, 2018, John and the special gifts he was given and gave on earth went to be with the Lord. As sad as that is for his family and friends who loved him, his life is one that is to be celebrated as he lived for 93 years. Like many he had his life interrupted at the age of 18 when he was called to duty and left his family and their farm to fight and protect our country overseas during WWII. His 3rd year in the Army was spent in hospitals recuperating from life threatening wounds he received when a land mine exploded in front of him; as he liked to put it “his buddy stepped on it and tripped it”. He received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He eventually made it back to Pueblo, Colorado and returned to the St. Charles Mesa area and to the family farm where he lived out his life. He married, had three children, and continued doing what he loved, farming with his parents, Nick and Virginia Tucci. In addition, he eventually took a full-time job in the newly formed St. Charles Mesa Fire Department. After 30 years of service, he retired as Fire Chief and went back to full time farming. John is survived by wife, Shirley Tucci, daughter, Lorraine Rose (Dalton), granddaughter, Johnna Salazar (Frank), step- daughter, Tammy Williams (Bill), step-sons, Brian Abbott (Betty), Alan Abbott (Kathy) and five step-granddaughters. Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church (1145 Aspen Rd) on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10:00am. Interment immediately after at Roselawn Cemetery. Gather at 12:00 noon for lunch at VFW (2450 Santa Fe Drive). Gifts in John’s memory in lieu of flowers can be sent to Sangre De Cristo Hospice. Online condolences, www.tgmccarthy.com.
John is survived by his wife, Shirley Tucci;
daughter, Lorraine Rose (Dalton);
granddaughter, Johnna Salazar (Frank);
step- daughter, Tammy Williams (Bill);
step-sons, Brian Abbott (Betty), Alan Abbott (Kathy);
and five step-granddaughters
- Bret Marascola
- Gary Crites
- Conrad Orndoff
- Dewayne Salameno
- Rick Urban
- Frank Salazar
- Mass of the Resurrection Tuesday, November 6, 2018
John M. Tucci
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November 6, 2018
From the Sam Salvo famley our condolences
another life long friend has been called home leaving us with Unforgettable memories and irreplaceable knowledge.
November 3, 2018
Mr. Tucci was more than a friend to our family, as my papa D.P. Radosta would always say, that was his brother. My papa and Mr. Tucci grew up together and served in WWII together, I've heard many great stories about the two of them. My papa D.P. loved and thought very highly of Mr. Tucci, so much that he made him my dad's godfather. It was such a blessing to have him at my papa's 95th birthday party last year, I'm glad they were able to spend time together. I'm so sorry for your loss of this great man, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Stacey Radosta-Manweiler.
Rhonda Lytle (Mccomb)
November 2, 2018
I remember being around 13 years old, and me and my sister,picked chili peppers for him. We were very slow. But John never fired us! I remember the Parties he would have at the summer kitchen,when I got older .Roasting pig, turkey etc. over open fire, coming back the next morning for some green chili. I never seen him upset. If ever one needs a role model. John Tucci would be a great one. I am so lucky that our paths crossed.
November 2, 2018
So many good times were spent on the farm. Always welcome at your home. You fought a hard fight. You'll be missed by many! God Bless, "Cuz"