Robert W. “Bob” Tucker died at 6:30 a.m., April 11, 2013, with his family at his side. Bob passed away in Hannibal, Missouri at Hannibal Regional Hospital from complications resulting from a brain injury.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at Clover Road Christian Church, 785 Clover Road, Hannibal, MO. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of services at Clover Road Christian Church. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Danville National Cemetery in Danville, Illinois. The family is being served by the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Bob was born in Hannibal, Missouri, on August 13, 1927, to Frank and Jessie Smith Tucker.
He married the love of his life, Letha Campbell Tucker, on November 24, 1946. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Gary Tucker (Shari) of Odessa, Florida, Jim Tucker (Marla) of West Terre Haute, Indiana, Kevin Tucker (Jane) of Zionsville, Indiana and Ann Tucker of St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition, he is survived by two brothers and one sister, Bill Tucker (Marilyn), Benny Tucker (Jody) and Betty Stolberg (Don). He has eight grandchildren, Suzzette Hesser (Scott), Kimberlee Biddle (Randy), Jennifer Stoll (Art), Dana Page-Weese, Shauna Gourley (Michael), Brock Tucker, Michael Tucker and Andrea Tucker, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Jim, his parents, his son Greg, and a great-grandson Adam Stoll.
Bob was strong Christian man who dedicated his life to service to the Lord. He was an outstanding role model to those who knew and loved him. He not only talked the talk, he walked the walk. He was a member of the Clover Road Christian Church in Hannibal, where he served as a greeter for a number of years. His friendly face and warm handshake will be missed. Bob was an avid golfer, who loved playing rounds with relatives and friends. He had an eagle eye for finding golf balls. He would frequently finish a round of golf with two dozen or more balls than he started with. He and Letha were well-known antique collectors when they resided in east-central Illinois. However, his true passions were his family and the church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Navy. After his military service, Bob attended and graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange College. He also held a bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and two advanced degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Following his graduation from HLG, he embarked upon his profession as an educator that lasted over three decades in Missouri and Illinois. He finished his distinguished career as the longtime superintendent of schools in the Bismarck-Henning Community School District #1 in east-central Illinois. Bob was the consummate educational professional who always put children first.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clover Road Christian Church in care of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.