R.C. (Randel) Tucker, son of the late W.E. Tucker and Estalee Romaines Tucker, was born on May 8, 1924, in Geronimo, Okla. He died July 14, 2012, in the Cypress Point Care Center in Dexter, Mo.
He worked at Elder Manufacturing Company for many years before leaving to establish his own business of custom machine hay baling. He baled hay for farmers throughout the Stoddard County area for many years. R.C. was an avid fisherman, camper, and bluegrass/gospel festival enthusiast. He faithfully attended the New Bethel General Baptist Church for 56 years.
He was married to Mildred Duckworth in Puxico on Nov. 25, 1942, and to this union two daughters were born.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years; two daughters and spouses, Brenda (James) William-son of Bloomfield and Thelma (Jimmy) Thomp-son of Dexter; a daughter-in-law, Rosemary Frailey Phillips of Union, Mo.; one brother, Alvie George Tucker of Alton, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Jane Tucker, of Bloomfield; five grandchildren and spouses, Crystal Frailey of St. Joseph, Mich., Sherrie (Will) Kent of Union Mo., Daron (Tonya) William-son, of Bloomfield, Cleveland (Angela) Williamson of Nixa, Mo., and Brian Thompson of Cherry Valley, Ark., and six great-grandchildren, Kyle Williamson of Bloomfield, Nathan (Jaki) Welker of Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif., McKenzie Welker, of Union Mo., Austin Williamson of Bloom-field, Haylee Henson of Union, Mo., and Rhett James Williamson of Nixa, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Hayward Frailey; one son-in-law, James Williamson; and two brothers, J.D. Tucker and Wayne Tucker.
Visitation was held on Monday, July 16, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Dean Williams of Dexter officiating.
Interment followed in the Essex Cemetery in Essex, Mo., with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.