Theodore “Ted” Tucker Jr., 79, El Dorado Springs, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at his home. He was born in Branch County, Coldwater, Michigan to Theodore and Lucy Tucker on April 26, 1936.
Ted married Janice Kowalski , also from Coldwater, Michigan, on February 11, 1961. They were blessed with three children: Christopher, Kenneth and Maria. They made their home in Coldwater, Michigan, until 1999 when they moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Ted was employed by Pepsi Company for 32 years prior to his retirement and moving to El Dorado Springs. He enjoyed spending time at his lakefront home on Morrison Lake in Coldwater, fishing, boating and watching lightning storms play over the surface of the lake. Ted also enjoyed golfing and was a member of Gene Pray Memorial Golf Course and marked every tree he could find with his golf balls.
Ted was actively involved in assisting young boys learn the skills needed for manhood by assisting in the Coldwater Boy Scout Troop 460. He taught camping skills, winter survival and leadership to a group of unruly, pre-teen boys who did not follow instructions (who caused his hair to turn white). Amongst other interest Ted was active in the collection of Tiger memorabilia.
Ted worked for the local True Value Hardware store where he imparted his building wisdom to all who asked, followed by a position at Allison’s Gas Station, where he worked until he passed.
Preceding him in death was his mother, father and three brothers: Larry, Fritz and Joseph Tucker.