James "Jim" K. Tucker
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NOVA: James "Jim" K. Tucker, 87, of Nova passed away Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014 in Samaritan Hospital following an extended illness.
Jim was born on October 14, 1926 in Paradise, Ohio to the late Fremont and Grace Mae (nee Searls) Tucker.
He graduated from Hayesville High School, Class of 1945. Following high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Jim married the love of his life the former Rachel E. Benner on Sunday afternoon, following church, April 18, 1948 in the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren.
Jim retired after more than 34 years from the F.E. Myers Pump Company in 1989. He enjoyed bowling at King Lanes on City B League, where he served as secretary. Jim was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and enjoyed many sports. He was a devoted member of the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren. Jim and Rachel played bingo in the F.E. Myers Hall.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rachel Tucker of Nova; one daughter, Jean (Kirk) Stillman of Ludlow, Massachusetts; one son, James E. Tucker of Ashland; one son-in-law, Gary Wittman of Polk; seven grandchildren, Angela (Jon) Hendrix of Sullivan, Michelle Hitchcock of Ashland, Benjamin (Angela) Wittman of Delaware, Jennica (Erik) Klimkewicz of Polk, Linda Francis of Medina, Glenn Hitchcock of Ludlow, Massachusetts, and Corey (April) Tucker of Mentor; and 13 great grandchildren, Brandon, Seth, Jamye, Trevor, Lathan, Allison, Valerie, Blake, Madison, Alahna, Emmit, Shayne, and Lily; and one great great granddaughter, Willow; and a sister-in-law, Eldora Tucker.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Wittman who passed away April 24, 2011; one son-in-law, Robert Hitchcock who passed away, May 23, 1997; two brothers, Jay and David Tucker; and two sister, Hattie Vedda and Alice St. John.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, 960 Township Road 964, Ashland, OH 48805 with Pastor Bill Shaefer officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery where the Ashland Veteran's Honor Guard will conduct full military honors. Friends may call Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, 960 Township Road 964, Ashland, OH 44805 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.
The family suggests that memorial Contributions may be made to the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, 960 Township Road 964, Ashland, OH 44805.
For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences and to light a candle in memory of Jim may be shared on the funeral home's website at www.dpkfh.com
Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home
313 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805
Published in the News Journal on Aug. 26, 2014