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Robert Griffith Tucker February 2, 1922 - July 6, 2014 Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Robert Tucker, 92, grew up in Fall Creek, Oregon. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940, and was assigned to the destroyer USS Conyngham (DD-371) shortly after Pearl Harbor. Shortly thereafter he was transferred to the destroyer USS Preston (DD 379), and while serving as a radio / telegraph key operator, he survived its sinking by enemy gunfire at Guadalcanal (1942). After the war, Robert joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he was sent to patrol off the coast of Alaska. He was so intrigued by this area that, after his hitch was up, he utilized his radio experience and joined the U.S. Army as part of the then Alaska Communications Service (ACS). He served five years in Alaska, 3 in Ketchikan and 2 in Kodiak (1950 - 1955). In the summer of 1955, he and his family were transferred to Fort Bliss, TX, where he was assigned to the photo lab. He retired from military service in 1961. After a short stint in Florida, he returned to El Paso where he went to work as a Civil Service employee at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) as a launch photographer. He retired from Civil Service in 1973. He and his wife, Mary, picked up on 4X4 travel in retirement, exploring the back country of Yukon and British Columbia in Canada, as well as Alaska, for many years. Robert was very proud of the scenic photographs he took of these places. He was a longtime member of the El Paso Family 4X4 Club. Robert is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Ruth Tucker (married in 1943), son Terry Tucker, and daughters Janice Dieter and Linda Tucker. He has three grandchildren, Kevin Dieter, Sharon (Dieter) Cavitt, and Robert Dieter, and seven great grandchildren. Visitation will be 5:00 - 9:00 PM on Wednesday, July 09, 2014, at Kaster-Maxon & Futrell, 8817 Dyer St, and the funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with full military honors.
Published in El Paso Times from July 8 to July 15, 2014
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