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Paul L. Tucker


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Paul L. Tucker Obituary
Paul Lawrence Tucker died peacefully Tuesday morning, July 10, 2018, at Salida Woods in Mentor.
Born August 12, 1931, in Lumberport, West Virginia, he had resided in Mentor and Painesville since 1961.
He was the loving father of Diana (Tim) Repko of Painesville, Paul (Amber) Tucker of West Virginia, Glenn (Heidi) Tucker of Massachusetts, and Ronald (Paula) Tucker of Concord; cherished grandfather of Lurissa, Blake, Megan, Heather, David, Desha, Erika, Adalina, and Dalia; great-grandfather of Charles Xavier (the ""X-man""). He was also a long-time companion of his lady, Kendra Anfenson, of Mentor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gallio Bryan ""GB"" and Orpha Pearl (nee Wise) Tucker; and siblings, David Shelton, James Bryan, Francis Edward, Robert Burton, Edwin Oliver, William Lee, and Jenetta Jean. He is survived by his brother, Franklin Ray.
Paul served two years in the U.S. Army infantry and was a combat veteran in Korea. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. He was a member of the Painesville chapters of the VFW and the American Legion.
Paul was a tool and die engineer in the aerospace field. He was a 24-year employee of Fluid Regulators in Painesville and then owner of Aerotech Deburring, also in Painesville, for 26 years. Always teaching life's lessons, his children recall him taking them to the Cleveland Air Show, walking onto a cargo plane, and pointing to a part that he had made.
To Paul, life was ""Fantastic!"" He embraced simple pleasures like fishing and picking blackberries, both of which took him to treasured locations throughout Lake County. Whether coaching little league, delivering Meals on Wheels, or working at the polls on election day, Paul was thoroughly involved in his community. He volunteered at Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes, and he played the guitar, sang, and read from the Bible on Sunday mornings at Kirtland Rehab. In many ways, for many decades, he dedicated his life to helping others.
He was active in the Masonic Lodge, first in West Virginia and then in Ohio, for more than 60 years. In Blue Lodge, he was Past Master of Mentor Lodge #772, Past District Deputy Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Past Arch Adjutant of the 7th Arch of Royal & Select Masons, Past Commander of Knights Templar Eagle Commandry #29, and Past Sovereign Master of the Ohio Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees. He was a member of the Knight of the York Cross of Honor Ohio Priory #18, York Rite College #13, Royal Order of Scotland, the Knight Masons Shannon Council #28 of Dublin, Ireland, Al Koran Shriners, Caliph Grotto, the Police Masonic Fellowcraft Club, and the Philalethes Society. He was also Past Worthy Patron of Order of Eastern Star Urania Chapter #284; Past Royal Patron of Strauss Memorial Court #41, Order of the Amaranth; Past Watchman of Shepherds of Lakewood Shrine #26, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem; and Past Grand Advisor of Grand Conclave Trinity Ontario, Montreal and Ohio, Order of True Kindred. He received a Grand Cross of Color, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. In Scottish Rite, he was a 32° Mason, member of Lake Geauga County Scottish Rite, and recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.
Paul, continuing to give even after he has gone, has donated his body to science at the Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anatomy.
Visitors will be received Monday, July 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the Painesville Masonic Temple, 88 N St Clair Street, with the Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The family requests that all donations be made either to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Avenue, Cleveland OH 44110, or to Painesville Masonic Temple, 88 N St Clair Street, Painesville OH 44077.
Published in The News-Herald on July 15, 2018
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