Thomas N. Tuck
Thomas Tuck passed away in his hometown of Joliet, Illinois, on April 7th, after having been surrounded by family and love throughout the Easter weekend. Tom was born in Chicago on November 7th, 1949 to parents Raymond and Irene (nee Hickey) Tuck. Tom spent his youth in Chicago, growing up with lifelong friend, Tom Hionis. Tom Tuck joined the United States Navy after college, where he served proudly & with honor. He frequently downplayed his contributions during his 6 years in the military, as he brought a valuable (and then, rare) skillset to the typing pool. He went on to hold many different jobs that highlighted his engaging personality and friendly demeanor, including positions in sales, education, and insurance.
In 1985, Tom's life changed when he met his wife, Elizabeth (nee Lebar) Tuck at a wedding. He was proud to tell anyone the story of seeing the most beautiful woman in a blue dress from across the room, and rearranging seating to make sure he was able to speak with her. Tom and Beth married in 1987, and remained married until the end of his life. Their union produced 4 children (Sarah, Mathew, Elizabeth, and Thomas) and 2 grandchildren (Connor and Leo Tiller). Tom devoted most of his time to his family, often embracing the "Norman Rockwell" moments of familial life. His favorite memories included day trips to zoos, museums, and gardens with his family. Never one to miss an opportunity for a joke or a pun, Tom's loud laugh and ready humor will be missed at both family dinners and around war gaming tables with his closest friends.
Tom was also a regular attendee of Three Rivers Church in Plainfield, and frequently volunteered with the church's ushering staff and the seasonal events - including the annual children's Vacation Bible School program. One of Tom's deepest passions was history, a passion he was able to live-out by donning a suit of Roman armor and participating in the church's then-annual "Who Moved the Stone" Easter reenactment. Tom was not shy in sharing historical anecdotes and contextual framing of biblical passages - famously explaining the passage in Luke 18, where Jesus proclaims, "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God," as a metaphor people familiar with the gates of Jerusalem would have understood. One of the gates was famously small, and the only way to escort a camel through its doors was to completely unburden the beast, have it get down on its knees, and humbly shuffle through the gate. Tom is now unburdened, and in the arms of our Savior.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home on April 10th, 2021.
Visitation: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Service: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm This service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Click here to be taken to the live stream page.
Blackburn Funeral Home is located at 1500 Black Rd, Joliet, IL 60435
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