Helen Josephine (Flickinger) Tucker (1918 - 2013)

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OELWEIN – Helen J. Tucker, 94, of Oelwein died on Friday evening, January 18, 2013 at the Oelwein Health Care Center in Oelwein surrounded by her family.
A private family visitation and service will be held: Officiating the service will be Rev. Tim Scheopf; There will be a Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church in Oelwein at a later date; Inurnment will also be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Independence, as Helen has donated her body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program for the advancement of medical science.
Memorials may be given in her name to the First Baptist Church in Oelwein. An online obituary is available at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.
Survived by her husband of 70 years, Avery Tucker of Oelwein; two daughters, Mary Jane (Mrs. Richard) Svoboda of Aurora and Ms. Linda Wainwright of Grandville, Mich.; A son, Loren (wife-MaryAnn) Tucker of Virginia City, Mont.; Six grandchildren, Matthew (Andrea) Svoboda, Ben (Deb) Wainwright, Aaron (Melanie) Svoboda, Erica (Tim) Hamilton, Sarah (Joe John) Reams, and Amy Wainwright; 11 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; a brother, Robert Flickinger of Lynchburg, Va.; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Fonken of Carbondale, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother (Milton Flickinger).
Helen Josephine Flickinger was born on Aug. 8, 1918, on the family farm near Aurora in Buchanan County. She attended the local one room country school and lived in Independence to attend high school and upon graduation there she attended Independence Junior College for two years. She then attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in institution management. Helen worked as an assistant manager of the dietary department at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, for a year and then moved on to manage one of the YMCA restaurants in Chicago, Ill. On Oct. 29, 1942 she was united in marriage to Avery V. Tucker at the Presbyterian Church in Independence. She returned to Chicago for a short time before joining her husband who was then stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky. She followed him through a succession of Army posts until returning home to bear their first child, Mary Jane. She was able to rejoin her husband at Ft. Benning, Ga. for a short time before he was sent to Europe with his division to join the combat troops in France. After several months and by virtue of decorations, he was sent home for a family leave. She was living with her parents and continued to do so until her husband's discharge. After seven years living in Oelwein, where two more children (Linda and Loren) were born, they moved to her family farm where they remained for twenty years and where she became an expert poultry manager and contributed greatly to the enterprise. They moved back to Oelwein while the third generation took over the farm. She continued with volunteer activities until retiring in 1989, at which time they moved into a travel trailer and traveled for ten years crossing and re-crossing the United States and Canada several times. They then came back to Oelwein to live until her death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oelwein. Helen has been a resident of the Oelwein Health Care Center since May 27, 2005.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 21 to Feb. 16, 2013