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Ernest Tucker, 77, of Lebanon, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at his home while surrounded by his family.
Ernest was born on Feb. 5, 1940, in Denney, Ky., the son of the now late Charlie and Eliza Ellen (Morrow) Tucker.
Ernest was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and didn't know a stranger.
He married Gillis Camille Andrew on May 22, 1965; she survives.
He could frequently be seen walking through town, hand-in-hand with his loving wife. He loved playing the guitar, singing his favorite song "Amazing Grace," and fishing with his family.
He also enjoyed family vacations with his grown children, and large family gatherings throughout the year. Ernest enjoyed visiting with his large circle of friends anywhere and everywhere he could, from Wal-Mart to McDonald's to Bingo night.
He worked at Heffner Foods for 21 years until they closed. He retired from Kehe Foods in 2000, after 16 years.
He was a member of Lebanon Christian Church and Boone County Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife, Gillis Tucker of Lebanon; children, Mike (Kim) Cline, Rick Cline, Kathy (Brian) Jedwabny, Carol (Mike) Cunningham, and Ernest Jr. (Laura) Tucker, all of Lebanon; grandchildren, Jason (Alissa) Cline, Jennifer (Steve) Jenkins, Justin (Jessica) Ellis, Nik Cline, Heidi Cox, Anna (Nathan) Dimiceli, Cody Jedwabny, Christopher Tucker, Aaron (Ana) Cline, Maisey (Andrew) Harris, James Cunningham and Kasi Cline; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Cloma Tucker, Zona (Charles) Detmering and Clara Tucker; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by brothers, George, Robert, Delbert, Oscar, Arnold and Lawrence Tucker, and an infant brother.
Family and friends will gather Friday, July 7, for visitation from 4 until 8 p.m., and services will be held Saturday, July 8, at 4 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Boone County Cancer Society, 117 W. Elm St., Lebanon, IN 46052; or the Boone County Senior Citizens, 707 S. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on July 4, 2017
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