Dick Ray Tucker
July 8, 1940 – June 11, 2020
BONNER SPRINGS — Dick Ray Tucker, Bonner Springs, died peacefully in his home June 11, 2020, after a courageous 16-month battle with colon cancer. He was 79.
He was born July 8, 1940, the son of Harry and Flossie Rowley Tucker. He graduated from Northern Heights High School in 1958.
Dick married Karen Mayfield May 16, 1964, in Wichita. She survives.
Dick and Karen made their home in Osage City, where they raised two daughters, Cindy and Christine. Dick worked for several years at Wick’s Greenhouse and later for Osage City power plant, until joining Karen at Osage Products, a production facility of Hallmark Cards.
Dick and Karen’s employment with Osage Products led to a move to Bonner Springs, in 1992, when operations merged with Hallmark’s Leavenworth production facility. He enjoyed a 20-year career with Hallmark, working primarily in the warehouse and maintenance areas.
After retirement from Hallmark in 2000, Dick and Karen enjoyed many years of travel with their fifth-wheel camper in tow. Dick was an avid trout angler and enjoyed fishing of any kind, spending many hours with pole in hand. They visited most of the United States and for the past 19 years had spent their winters in Donna, Texas with their Big Valley family.
Dick had an incredible talent for woodworking and was a gifted handyman. He had the ability to fix just about anything that was thrown his way and if he didn’t know how, he would have at least 10 different options of what to try. He spent many hours in his workshop even completing two nightstands for the bedroom just one month prior to his death. He touched the lives of many by generously sharing his talents and ingenuity. He also enjoyed hunting, tying fishing flies, barbeque competitions with his sons-in-law, hosting fish fries and frying the turkeys for Thanksgiving.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Besides his loving wife of 56 years, he is survived by his children and grandchildren, Cindy and Chris Ross, Westwood, Nathan (26), Bentonville, Ark., Kathryn (24), Manhattan, and Christine and Wes Ray and Sydney (14), Waunakee, Wisc.; and two brothers.
A private, family interment of ashes will follow at a later date in Bonner Springs Cemetery. Due to current restrictions, physical distancing will be practiced and face masks are requested and will be provided.
Memorial contribution may be made to support his daughter, Cindy’s work with JFS of Greater Kansas City, an organization that provides essential human services for people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis, regardless of faith, age, culture or lifestyle. Contributions may be made online at www.jfskc.org/donate or sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012.
You are invited to re-live memories, add photos and share stories on Dick’s memorial page at www.aldenharrington.com/local-obituaries.