June 18, 1923 — February 26, 2018
Dewey Tucker, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on February 26, 2018, at the age of 94.
He was born on June 18, 1923, in Salt Lake City to Andrew Mason Tucker and Florence Isabell Guymon. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He graduated from South High School, where he also served in the ROTC.
Dewey was drafted into the Army on December 21, 1942, and, after basic training, was sent to the Old Ordnance School to learn about the 35 mm and .50-caliber machine guns. He was assigned the position of nose gunner on a B24 Heavy Bomber.
For a period of time, he was stationed in Burns, Oregon, where he walked three miles into town to attend church. There, he met Evelyn Evadine Stewart and her mom, who loved to bake him lemon meringue pies. One of the things that has always been said in the family is that Dewey married Evadine for her mom's lemon pies!
Dewey and Evadine were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on January 26, 1945.
He finished out World War II stationed in the Philippines. After moving back to Burns with his wife, Dewey worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company for 22 years. The couple was blessed with five children, Dewey Duane Tucker (Bertha Beach) of Vancouver, Washington; Richard Tucker (Linda Wirt) of West Point, Utah; David Tucker (Susan Harward, deceased) of Layton, Utah; Debra Faw (Wayne Faw) of Elgin, Oregon; and Deanna Lee (Paul Lee) of Sandy, Utah.
With the family, he loved to swim in the Hines swimming pool, and camp, fish and hunt in the national forests nearby.
Dewey served as a branch president and was instrumental in getting a newer building for the church to meet in.
He moved his family to Corvallis in 1968, where most of the children attended college and Dewey and Evadine owned the Rich Maid Ice Cream Store. There the family learned to love the handmade ice cream, sherbets, hamburgers and other great food they served.
Hewlett-Packard was the last company Dewey worked for before retiring.
Being that close to the Oregon coast was fun and he loved to go deep sea fishing. Dewey and Evadine moved to West Point, Utah in 2010 to be close to their children who have been caring for them in their home.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents; half-brothers, Edwardell, who died as a child, and Edwardean; half-sister Deon; and brother Grant, who was killed in action 1944 in Europe.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years; five children; 20 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at the 6th Ward Church Building in West Point, Utah, with the service following at 11 a.m.
Myers Mortuary is handling arrangements.