Melvin Tucker

Melvin Joseph Tucker

Sunday, December 4th, 1932 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Melvin M. Tucker, 87, of Brandon, IA, died on Saturday April 18th at his home in Brandon, IA.

Melvin was born on December 4, 1932 in Milan, MN; the son of William Henry and Mildred Marie (Portwine) Tucker. He moved with his family to different farms in northwest Iowa as a young child. The family eventually settled in Strawberry Point, IA.

On April 28, 1953 he was united in marriage to Lois Marian Newcomb in Marion, IA. They spent the next 61 years happily married. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids and Evansdale before moving to Brandon in 1976.

Melvin began his working career at Rath Packing in Cedar Rapids, IA before moving on to Herst Construction, where he spent more than 30 years as a heavy equipment operator. He retired at the age of 82 but kept up an active lifestyle.

In his free time, Melvin enjoyed deer hunting. He also liked cars and used to collect and trade different cars until he found one to his liking. Melvin was known to try his luck at local casinos and looked forward to the family reunions when he could put his poker skills on display. He also enjoyed the time he spent with his dogs Zelda and Tiger.

Melvin is survived by his children Franklin (Theresa) Tucker of Brandon, Jerry Lynn (Mike) Menney of Jesup, IA, Debra (Mark) McConnell of Waterloo, IA, Kevin (Tammi) Tucker, and Tom (Becky) Tucker both of Cedar Rapids, IA; 21 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren 2 great great grandchildren; his brother Russell (Jerry) Tucker of Evansdale, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lois; his brothers Casey and Lorell Tucker; and his sister JoAnne Jaster.

A celebration of life and graveside service will be held at a later date.
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Debra McConnell

Posted at 02:59pm
Dad it's been over 3 months I miss you so much you know you're with Mom and I know you are now happy but I wish you a merry could come home to me and I could hug you guys one last time some days are easy and some days are hard I look back at the photos I have lots of good memories leasehold mom tight and let her know that she is the love of your life miss you both hugs and kisses to heaven and back love your daughter Deb

Debra McConnell

Posted at 07:23pm
Dad seems like we just seen each other yesterday but you've been gone for a while I miss you and love you as I do miss Mom today Mark and I laid you to rest so you can be with Mom at the cemetery I already know you're in heaven with her and I know you're happy now you both taught me a lot you're both taught me how to love and respect people and you also show me money doesn't grow on trees when I read my eulogy today it came from my heart I know you and Mom were listening and I know you heard me I wish the other kids what came around you a lot the last six years but they chose not to I'll never understand that I have a crack in my heart are you and Mom but it will heal as the days go by cuz the most important thing is your together and that's the way it was supposed to be and someday we will all see each other again in the meantime I'll be fine and Mark will be fine we miss you and love you both and I think both you and Mom for everything that you taught me and you cared for me and made sure I never went without thank you Dad they're not giving up on me and for you keeping me hugs and kisses may you rest in peace now as I'm crying you're the angel in my eyes and I know he won't let anything bad happen you and Mom left me very much as you loved your other children it's just too bad they couldn't see that and they held it against you for keeping me to the two best parents in the whole wide world I love you and amen love always your daughter Deb and your son-in-law Mark which you treated like a son and he will always remember that hugs and kisses

Debra McConnell

Posted at 07:00pm
dad day is a day where I went to the church and cleaned I prayed that you and Mom are looking down on me and are proud of me I miss you with all my heart you are my best friend and mom was my best friend I know you're both happy now you're together in heaven I don't understand why your other children change my mom passed I know they do not like me but it was their loss because they lost precious time with you you are a wonderful man you are a perfect husband for Mom and you always made sure your kids had everything they needed from this day forward I will never understand why the other kids that were your children threw you away when mom passed and left everything up to me I'm not mad that they do not care for me I'm angry that they don't care enough to spend time with you we had a lot of good moments they missed out on a lot I love you so much and I love mom so much not only were you good parents you were also both my best friends hugs and kisses and I look at the stars and I know you're there and you're both Angels around me bless you both love your daughter Deb

Debra McConnell

Posted at 03:24pm
Dad today is Mother's Day and I miss Mom but I know you're with her and that makes me happy I miss you both and love you with all my heart Mark and I are doing okay I don't want you to worry about me I'm a big girl and I can deal with whatever comes my way love you and miss you Deb

Debra McConnell

Posted at 06:53pm
Dad I miss you and love you and I remember when used to put me on your Harley but I was a cowboy girl as you can see in the photo I have on cowboy boots I remember the first Pony you bought me and the first horse that you and Mom let me pick out her name was Roxanne I wrote in the horse shows and made you guys proud but one thing you both taught me was money can't buy love and money can't buy respect you have to earn it you taught me well and I love you both I hope you're both happy and looking down on me and saying you're so proud of me I know there's a star in the sky for each of you you're both my angels love you and miss you both

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