Rex Dean Tucker, 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 18, 2018. He was born on February 8, 1932 in Brazil to the late Orville E and Mary L. (DeBruler) Tucker. Rex attended Brazil High School with the Class of 1951 until he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951. He did three tours in Korea on the USS Hopewell DD681 where he received several commendations and was honorably discharged in 1954.
On July 29, 1967 Rex married the love of his life, Marilyn C. Harpold. Rex and Marilyn enjoyed going on long trips out west. Rex enjoyed cutting his grass, going to church, working in his wood shop and setting up for flea markets to sell the things he made.
During Rex’s life he worked at JI Case, Alcan, Wilson Tech, and retired from the Indiana Department of Corrections Putnamville Facility in 1994. He was also a member and attended the Otter Creek Christian Church in Brazil.
Rex was known as a devout Chicago Cubs baseball fan however his biggest pride and joy was watching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren participating in sporting events, dance, and band contests in many locations.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark A. Tucker; a granddaughter, Michele L. Tucker; a great granddaughter Emmarae Kunkel; a great grandson, Brentley J. Vandivier, as well as four brothers, Robert, William, James, and Larry Tucker.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, sons Larry and Suzanne Tucker, James (Jim) and Tonia Tucker of Brazil, daughters Jennie and Brad Vandivier, Paris, Il., Rhonda and Fred Clark, Terre Haute. 16 grandchildren, Ashley (Michael) Kester, Erika Tucker, Krystal Raught, Natalie (Josh) Isham-Dean, Evan Tucker, Jamie (Jason) Davis, Kensey Kunkel, SanDee (Gary) DeHeer, Randy (Teresa) Kunkel, Jason (Jessica) Vandivier, Justin (Jacki) Vandivier, Jorden (Kelsie) Vandivier, Andrea (John Robert) Clark, Lindsay (Dustin) Neidhamer, Joseph Clark, 33 great-grandchildren, one brother Jack (Suzie) Tucker, brother-in-laws, Marion (Gail), Ansil (Donna), Jim (Carol) Harpold and several nieces and nephews.
Rex’s family wishes to send a special thank you to Roudebush V.A. Medical Center and to the Hospice of the Wabash Valley, especially to his nurse Debbie for their care and compassion to the entire family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday July 24, 2018 at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil with Pastors Ansil Harpold and Steve Brattain officiating and burial with military honors to follow at Clearview Cemetery. The family will accept friends for visitation on Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service.