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Melvin Tucker

Melvin Joseph Tucker

Sunday, December 4th, 1932 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Obituary

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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    Brandon Cemetery
    Address
    BRANDON, IA
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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
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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
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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

Adam Rees

Posted at 07:35pm
I like to think that grandpa Melvin Tucker passed away not because he was sick or suffering but because it was his time to go. He was ready and was anticipating being with his wife again. Grandpa was always there for me if I needed him. He took care of his family, never turned anyone away and even took care of people outside the family, he was not selfish he said time and time again that money was not important he should spend it, help others and have a good time because he was right he couldn't take it with him when he passed. This man taught me a few things but one thing I'm always going to live by is that money isn't the most important, happiness is priceless you can't buy it so enjoy life love family and remember it's only money you can't take it with you when you go. I love you grandpa I hope you can be truly happy now that you are with Grandma again.
Ashley Rees
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Rochelle Phillips

Posted at 09:54pm
He was a great man. Him and my grandma easier me off and on in my younger years. I use to love going on hunting trips with them. We would get the motor home loaded up and head outta town sometimes cross into Missouri. GPA worked alot when I was younger. I so dreaded the getting up for school living in Brandon buses left like 530ish. Grandma would have our bfast and sack lunches for me n Grandpa telling us have good day. He always showed love and provided no matter what. He was forever having new cars n trucks. Loved his animals so much. I miss you Grandpa. I know your not suffering or hurting anymore. You and grandma prolly playing cards or looking for heaven casino.. I have both your small slot machines. Tell Grandma I miss and love her too.
Love always
ChellAnn
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