Bruce Tucker, 90, of Los Osos, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Bruce was born in Woolwich, England, in February 1923. His mother had been visiting her family in England at his time of birth. Bruce grew up in the Oxnard/Camarillo, Calif., area at the Springville Ranch, where his father worked as a weigh master. He went to a one-room school house from kindergarten through eighth grade. Bruce then attended Oxnard High School. He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old. He was a pilot while in the Navy and flew OS2U Kingfisher airplanes during World War II. He loved to share stories about flying the hydroplane during his time in the Navy. Sports were a big love in Bruce's life. He was on his high school football and baseball teams as well as the Navy baseball team. He continued to play softball until he was 50 years old. He would have played much longer but suffered a shoulder injury due to many years as a pitcher. He was also an avid bowler. After the War ended and he left the Navy in 1945, Bruce had many jobs, including working as an air traffic controller at San Francisco International Airport and Burbank Airport. About 1950, he became self employed and owned his first of several service stations that he built into successful businesses. He also owned and farmed orange ranches. Subsequently he spent a few decades constructing over 40 homes and commercial buildings. Bruce was a prolific builder in many areas of California having spent multiple years in Porterville, Paradise and the San Luis Obispo area. In the mid 1980s, he worked as an inspector for Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC) in San Luis Obispo. He worked as a courier for Tri-Counties Blood Bank for over nine years and retired at 88 years young. Bruce leaves behind his wife of 43 years, JoEllen; four children Judy Arthur (Terry) of Grass Valley, Calif.; John Tucker (Trina) of Applegate, Ore.; Julie Kern (Rick) of Orange, Calif.; and Bryan Tucker (Basak) of Oakland, Calif. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two nieces; and many other loving family members and friends who will dearly miss him. Bruce's sister preceded him in death in 1987. A memorial service will be held for Bruce Tucker at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park in Los Osos. Donations in Bruce's memory can be made to Wilshire Hospice, 277 South St. Ste. R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Feb. 15, 2014