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Robert S. "Bob" Tucker
October 26, 1950 ~ November 14, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Robert S. “Bob” Tucker, age 73, of Charleston, IL (previously of Tuscola, IL), went to be with the Lord at 4:53 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Arbor Rose of Charleston, IL with his loving wife by his side. He was born October 26, 1950; the son of Donald Eugene Tucker and Christine Louise (Erickson) Tucker. He married Karen June Buckner in Champaign, IL on October 9, 1971.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Karen Tucker of Charleston, IL; children, Jenni Boyd (Robert) of Tuscola, IL and Brian Tucker of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Felicia Tucker of Champaign, IL, Alex Tucker of Charleston, IL, Julia Tucker of Chicago, IL, and Tibor Tucker of Chicago, IL; and close family friend, Renee Crane. He is also survived by 2 brothers, 5 sisters, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; uncles, Ray Dean and Douglas Tucker; aunt, Mary Tucker; and niece, Tammy Sue Johnston.
Bob was a 1968 graduate of Mattoon High School. After graduation, Bob became a well decorated member of the Army. He proudly served his country in Vietnam earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Sharpshooter Medal (Rifle), Army Commendation Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Bob received honorable discharge in 1973 and began working at LyondellBasell in Tuscola, IL. He began his employment as a maintenance mechanic, later becoming certified as an EMT and firefighter. Bob then honed his skills further to become an inspector and retired after 39 years of dedication to the plant.
Bob was a pastor and minister to many for 33 years from 1980-2013. He would minister at many events and healthcare facilities. Later in his life he became a member the First Christian Church in Tuscola, IL. He was a man full of joy and one who had a positive outlook on life, always believing God would provide for all his needs. He was always thinking of ways to lift up others in times of troubles. Putting the needs of others before his own was a trademark in his life. Bob also enjoyed being in the woods for camping, day hikes, backpacking trips, mountain climbing, repelling, and picnics with his family. His fondest climb was Long’s Peak in Colorado with his good friend Chuck. He was married to the love of his life for 52 years, and lovingly raised two children who gave him 4 grandchildren to brighten his later years.
Celebration of life service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, IL with Clayton Harriss officiating. Inurnment will follow at Adkins Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023 at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL.
In of lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family at the visitation or sent to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL.