89-year-old Mt. Vernon resident, James A. Tucker died at 1 a.m. Sunday, July 21 at Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon. He owned and operated an independent insurance agency from 1953-1970 and then merged with partners into the Page Insurance Agency. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WW II serving as a cryptographer; he also served in the Korean War and worked as a telegraph operator for the Illinois Central Railroad for 30 years and as a substitute mail carrier. He served as chaplain of the former Dahlgren American Legion Post, was a member of the American Legion Post 141 and was a former past president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. He was very active in securing voters to establish the Rend Lake College.
Survivors include his wife Audrey Jean Tucker of Mt. Vernon; four daughters, Pat Warnberg of Mt. Vernon, Linda May of Pflugerville, IL, Marilyn Kroll of Lafayette, IN and Carolyn Trotter of Belle Rive; and a sister, Daphne Auxier of Belle Rive.
Services for James A. Tucker will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25 at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren with burial in the Oddfellows Cemetery at Dahlgren with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 141.
Visitation will be from 5 – 8 Wednesday evening, July 24 at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association and will be accepted at the Gholson Funeral Home in Dahlgren.