The following obit is reprinted from the Jan. 25, 2004 edition of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle with
permission of Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc. Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.
Gerald T. Tucker
Strengthened by the love of his family and his faith in the risen Jesus, Gerald Tennyson
Tucker, 83, left this life on Jan. 21 to join his loving first wife, Doris (Dot), and second
wife, Naomi (Chick) in eternal life.
Gerald (Jerry) was born in Hulett on June 15, 1920, the first child of Gerald J. amd Merrill
(nee Brown) Tucker. He married Doris N. Higgins on Sept. 28, 1945, in Savannah, Ga.
Their love and commitment to each other gave life to two children. Doris died on March
1, 1989. A wonderful lady named Naomi Clark ended Jerry's loneliness with their
marriage in July 1990. She passed away in August 1995.
Jerry spent his younger years in Chugwater, Casper and Cheyenne. He joined the
Wyoming National Guard Horse Cavalry (115th Cavalry) in 1937. While working for
Western Airlines in Cheyenne, he obtained a pilot's license and a Gyspy Moth. He then
joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in Dec. 15, 1941, and served in the 12th Air Force
Mediterranean Theater (North Africa, Sicily and Italy) during World War II. He served
during the Korean conflict (Okinawa) and with the 56th Air Command during the Vietnam
War (Thailand). During his Air Force career, he was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base
in Florida, Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska,
Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan, Travis Air Force Base in California, and Kelly Air
Force Base in Texas. He also spent tours of duty in England, Germany, Italy,
Greenland, the Azores, France and Newfoundland. Jerry and Dot retired as a chief
master sergeant in 1973 at San Antonio, where he worked 10 more years for Federal
Civil Service at Kelly AFB. For his many years of military service, Jerry received the
Bronze Star Medal, five Combat Service Medals, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit
Citation and the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation.
He is survived by his children, John (and Judy) Tucker of Flint, Mich.; and Jerrilyn Tucker
of Collinsville, Ill; he also leaves behind his six grandchildren: Michael Tucker, Amanda
(and Jon) Evans, Christian (and Kevin) Walters, of Flint, Mich., Mark (and Julia) Lee of
San Antonio, Cambry Clark of Collinsville, Ill., and Alan (Dennis Yawitz) Clark of St.
Louis; and 13 great-grandchildren; Jeremy and Rachel Tucker, Ryan, Kelsay and
Cheyenne Evans and Susan, Denyse and Patrick Walters, Katherine, Heather and
Tommy Lee and Hanaa Taouil and Sidney Yawitz.
He is also survived by his brother, Wayne (and Melba) Tucker of Casper; nieces, Donna
(and Barry) Heinzenknecht of Landrum, S.C., Sherril Lee of Ohatchee, Ala., Frank Little
of Cincinnati, and Lynnette Willis of Gulf Port, Miss.; nephews Scott (and Darlene)
Tucker of Casper and Bob (and Deanna) Tucker of Spokane, Wash.; cousins, Gloria
Tafoya of Cheyenne, Carol O'Grady of Phoenix, and Barbara Alvine of Rancho Palos
Verdes, Calif. He was greatly loved and will be sadly missed.
A memorial service was held Friday at the Troy United Methodist Church in Troy, Ill. The
family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Jerry at Memorial Hospital
in Belleville, Ill., and the pastor and members of the Troy United Methodist Church. A full
military funeral will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio in
April. Please remember him by donating to the American Heart Association.
This is a paid obituary.
Note: I am of no relation, but my sympathies go out to those of you who are.
This is here as a lasting memorial for Mr. Tucker.