Arthur "Art" J. Tucker
Arthur Jarrett Tucker, 87, of St. Joseph, Missouri and formerly of Downs, Kansas, went to his heavenly home on January 24, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph. He was born in Atchison, Kansas on May 21, 1929, the son of Arthur Marian and Mildred Emma (Jarrett) Tucker.
The family moved from Atchison to Wathena, Kansas in 1934. Arthur was very studious, while attending country school he took the 2nd and 3rd grades at the same time. This enabled him to graduate at the age of 16 with the Wathena High School Class of 1946.
After graduation, he went to work for Southwestern Bell in Troy, Kansas. Art joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1948. On July 28, 1950 Arthur and Dixie Laverne Lytton were married. That same year, Uncle Sam called and Art and Dixie went to Camp Pendleton, California.
After proudly serving and being discharged with a rank of Sergeant in 1952, they moved to Osborne, Kansas where Arthur was employed as a combination man for United Telephone Company. Three daughters were born to this union: Phyllis Elaine- March 12, 1952, Katherine Louise- August 15, 1953, and Cynthia Ann- August 5, 1955. The family moved to Downs in 1957 and Arthur continued working for United and later Sprint, retiring in 1991 after 44 years of dedicated service.
Arthur’s hobbies were many and varied. He had an avid interest in collecting guns, coins, and historical picture postcards of Osborne and Doniphan counties. He also had picture postcards of a large number of the courthouses in the state of Kansas. The ham radio offered many hours of enjoyment for Art.
Arthur and Dixie were part of the bowling team "The Flintstones" with Milt and Eileen Voss. They were also members of the Waconda Swingin’ Squares and the Good Sam camping group.
The theatre and music played a special part in Art’s life. He had parts in all of the PTA plays directed by Betty Jo Banks. The DAL Trio country western band consisted of Darrell Chandler, Arthur Tucker, and Lloyd Schreuder. Art was the singer and bass guitar and saxophone player of the group. They performed for many dances around the area for approximately 20 years. The band performed for the Homecoming Dance in 1969 at Downs High School and they even learned the theme song "This Magic Moment." Arthur could be found reading western paperbacks and John Grisham books late into the night.
Art belonged to the Downs Rotary Club and served as the President in 1962. He was a dedicated member of the Downs Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years and served as fire chief. He was a life member of the American Legion belonging in Downs and transferring his membership to the Wathena American Legion Post #161. Arthur was a member of the Downs United Methodist Church and he often sang solos as a part of the Senior Choir.
Arthur was always ready to enlighten us or his friends with many a story. Not a detail would be left out or untold, so we were sure to know and be a part of the many experiences he had throughout his life. We remember Evelyn Roe saying, "I bet your dad keeps you all in stitches."
Rex Sumpter was a "special" friend of Art’s. They shared many good times and memories-old cars, wheat harvests, stories and more stories; they never seemed to end.
Arthur married Norma Reed on July 11, 1997 and he moved to St. Joseph, Missouri. While in St. Joseph he attended the Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church and they went on many church trips to the Branson area.
Arthur and Norma were able to travel to Osborne, Kansas for the August 13, 2016 wedding of his grandson, Perry Curry to Gretchen Albert. 2016 was not a good year health-wise for Arthur and he lost both of his sisters within a week’s time.
As we celebrate Arthur’s life, let us remember all the good and fun times we had with him and how much he cared for all of his family and friends.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Norma of the home; daughters, Phyllis (Steve) Christie, Mankato, Kansas, Kathy Tucker, Downs, Kansas, and Cindy (Barry) Curry, Osborne, Kansas; grandchildren, Katy Curry (Jasper Schneider), Sara (Jamey) Fuller, Patrick Christie, Perry (Gretchen) Curry, Lucinda Christie (Daniel Leon), and Jarrett Christie; great-granddaughters, Haylee Fuller, ZaKiya Christie, Myka Fuller, and Emma Leon; nephew, Ronald Hoffman; brother-in-law, Donnie (Karen) Lytton; Norma’s sons, Chuck (Dottie) Reed, Myron (Gail) Reed, and Bruce (Lana) Reed and their families; and many other relatives and friends.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, John Edward Tucker, wife, Dixie in 1996, and sisters, Ethel Weber and Florence Morgenthaler in 2016.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Downs, Kansas with David Hardy officiating.
Prelude music was furnished by Curt Shoemaker of Ionia. Special music during the service played by Curt Shoemaker on the steel guitar was "Beyond the Sunset" and "Amazing Grace". "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" was the congregational hymn. Other music in the service included "Precious Memories" and "Silver Wings" sung by Merle Haggard and "When I Get Where I’m Going" sung by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
Pall Bearers were Patrick Christie, Perry Curry, Jarrett Christie, Jamey Fuller, Jasper Schneider, and Jeff Sumpter. Honorary pall bearers were Katy Curry, Sara Fuller, and Lucinda Christie.
Interment with military honors was held in the Downs Cemetery at Downs, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to the Downs Historical Society or the Downs Volunteer Fire Department and may be sent to the family.
Domoney Funeral Home of Downs, Kansas was in charge of the arrangements.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Frederick Blvd Baptist Church.

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