TUCKER, Thomas of Tucson, AZ passed away on October 17, 2016. Tom was born on June 24, 1947 to Jack and Katie Tucker who preceded him in death. Tom proudly served his country in the US Army as a Crew Chief in Huey UH-1C Gunships in Vietnam, where he was well known for painting his ZUNI gun pods to resemble Coors beer cans. He was one of the very few honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross. His award citation read, in part, "Through his courage and sound judgement, he helped save the reconnaissance team from annihilation". Tom served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Pima County Sheriff's Department and later was self-employed at TNT Automotive. Tom was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members Association. He was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 549. Tom is survived by his sisters, Karen Tucker and Taffy Kishbaugh husband Larry; his niece, Kendell Christensen, husband Scott and many friends. Join us in celebrating his life on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., at VFW Post 549, 8424 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85710. Donations in Tom's name may be made to VFW Post 549. Welcome home Tom. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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God Bless You Tom.
Bill Young PCSO
May 28, 2017
Thanks Tom for letting me fly your aircraft.
Rest well!

Tommy Marshall. Sidekick 17
Tommy Marshall
November 15, 2016
Rest in peace Tommy! You were a cherished friend.
Gordy Henson--Sidekick 15
November 12, 2016
Tom, I remember the great times we had in Denver and Colorado Springs before we deployed and on the Kul Gulf ferrying our aircraft to Vietnam! Love you and miss you, Bob Shipp
November 12, 2016
Rest in peace my brother. For the past 25 years we attended the VHCMA reunions together, we met in Laughlin a few times over the years enjoying those prime rib dinners at the Riverside and the boat ride in Laughlin. I will miss you my brother.
Steven Mandel
November 12, 2016
Tucker!!! You will forever be in our hearts!! RIP our sweet friend! "We won't be fooled again"!! The plate will be cherished forever as well as our memories. Love Brandi and Cowboy and Baba Oreilly!! Xo
Brandi & Cowboy Bouchard
November 6, 2016
Will miss you buddy. I can still remember the times together on A/C 113. You taught me how to be a gunny and how to always act like everything is normal. Rest in piece Tommy.

Your friend forever
Richard Savage
Richard Savage
November 1, 2016
So sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He was an original and a pleasure to have worked with. We shared music and beers more than once. He loved his family dearly and talked of his mom and sisters often. He was the kind of man who took the time to call his friends who were dads on Fathers Day and remind them of their good fortune. He will be missed.
Dave Skog
October 31, 2016
Tommy, Thank you for fighting for our country... for being a peacekeeper... and for being a good friend. The world was a better place, for your time here. R.I.P.
Loretta & Jay
October 31, 2016
Tommy, you were one true friend that I could always count on. I am saddened by your death. Condolences to the Tucker family.
Patti Baldwin-Sias
October 30, 2016
Your Log book is closed RIP Buddy
Carl Peters
October 30, 2016
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
October 30, 2016