March 2, 1948 - May 20, 2018
John H. Tucker III, 70, of Waverly, passed away May 20, 2018. He was born March 2, 1948, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Jonathan H. and Myra (Tapper) Tucker II. He was the owner and operator of the Waverly True Value Hardware store since 1975. John served his country in combat and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
He made an impact in so many lives. He was a big part of a small town, and lived and breathed to volunteer in the Waverly community. No one was a stranger. He loved to hunt and “teach” kids, not only basketball, but life's lessons. John was a volunteer coach for 35 years for the Salvation Army Small Fry Basketball. He was also the voice of the Vikings at Waverly High School and a member of the Lincoln Trap Club.
Family members include his wife, Janet; son, Benjamin Tucker; daughter, Jessie (Casey) Fries; four grandchildren, Mason and Ella Carlson, Berkley Tucker, and Aiden Fries; sister, Pamela (Mike) Jones, Colorado; brother, Robert (Karen) Tucker, New Jersey; brothers-in-law, Bob Boatman; and Jerry Sporleder (Wyoming) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Patricia Sporleder.
A life celebration gathering with the family present will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Roper and Sons Waverly Chapel, 10851 N. 148th Street. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., with Pastor Dan Safarik officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Small Fry Basketball. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.