Eli Lewis Tucker, Jr.
Eli Lewis Tucker, Jr.
  • December 7, 1933 - January 14, 2017
  • Pacific Grove, California

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Eli "Bud" Tucker
December 7, 1933 ~ January 14, 2017
Pacific Grove

In loving memory of Bud Tucker.

Bud Tucker, a native of Topeka, Kansas, first came to California in the spring of 1940. While in elementary school, he played the violin becoming the second chair. He progressed to the point that he played with the Los Angeles Junior Orchestra. The family moved to Oregon in 1947 and then back to California in 1950 where Bud finished High School. He took aeronautics and received his two-year degree and pilot's license while at Glendale College.

Bud entered the US Navy in May 1953. His career as a Naval Pilot took him all over the world including: Pensacola, FL Flight School; Whidbey Island, WA; Bahrain, Persian Gulf; Okinawa, Japan;
the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Moffett Field, CA; Pearl Harbor, HI. His last duty station was Bermuda where he retired as a Commander in 1975.

Bud loved the Monterey Peninsula so much that he chose to retire here. He taught woodworking at Hartnell College for several years and found great joy in teaching others his passion and creativity. He was a superb artesian, woodworker and creator. His work can be found at the Bernardus Tasting Room in Carmel Valley and in private homes throughout the Monterey Peninsula and has been featured in magazines and galleries.

Bud is survived by his wife, Kathleen Tucker; his children, Christopher, Randi, Tom and Jeff Tucker; his sister, Patricia See and Kathleen's children, Deborah, Sheryl and Thomas and all of their families.

His life and service will be honored, according to his wishes, with a private burial at sea off the Monterey Coast. Funeral with Military Honors at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery will take place on February 21 at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the donor's local food bank or charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.