Norman N. Tucker, Sr., 87, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at his home in Jackson.

He was born March 25, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Leslie A. and Erna K. Koeppel Tucker.

He was a 1947 graduate of Cape Central High School in Cape Girardeau, and an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from August 19, 1948 to June 24, 1952.

He and Bessie L. Crites were married September 6, 1953, in Cape Girardeau.  They had been married nearly 61 years when Bessie passed away June 23, 2014.

Norman and Bessie worked together several years in hotel and public storage management.  Norman taught himself to play the guitar and enjoyed songwriting and singing.  He always dreamed of being able to entertain people with his talents.  After retirement, he and Bessie did just that, by sharing their music at many area nursing homes.  Norman played the guitar, Bessie played the mandolin, and they both sang.  After Bessie’s passing, Norman continued to be faithful in sharing his wit and talent with the many friends they had made.

They were members of the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cape Girardeau.

Loving survivors include four children, Debbie (Rob) Sandstrom of Oceanside, California, Lorrie (Jim) Litzelfelner of Jackson, Norman N. “Sonny” (Deseree) Tucker, Jr. of Campo, California, and Terrie (Randy) Mouser of Jackson; a sister, LaDon (the late Don) Scott of California; a sister-in-law, Judy (the late John) McClard of Jackson; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a brother, Leslie Tucker; and his parents.

Friends may call Thursday, November 3, 2016, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home, with Bishop Jim Chesnick officiating.

A committal service will be held Friday, November 4, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Kevin

    I have been Mr. Tucker’s mailman for quite a few years. He was always very friendly and never failed to give me a Christmas gift. He will be missed. My condolences.

  2. Condolences to the Tucker family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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