Alvy Lloyd Tucker 1919 - 2009 Westminster
Alvy Lloyd Tucker, 89, died June 12, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Westminster.
He was born Dec. 26, 1919, to Alvy Dallas and Magnolia Mae (Burelson) Tucker in El Reno, Okla.
He was raised in Trinidad and attended school there. He was with the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
He married Mary Elizabeth Coberly in 1939 in Raton, N.M. They had three children: Betty Darleen, Alvy Richard and Diana.
Lloyd volunteered for the Army on the third draft in September 1944 during World War II. He trained at Camp Roberts, Calif., and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, the Philippines (Leyte) and Okinawa.
He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Battle Star. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After the war, Lloyd and family moved to Craig, where he drove a gas truck and later worked as a mechanic for various auto dealerships. During this time, he built the family's home in Davis Gardens with the help of his father and father-in-law.
In 1955, the family moved to Rangely, where he worked for a new auto dealership. In 1957, he went to work for Chevron Oil Company as a mechanic until his retirement in 1986. While living in Rangely, he was a member of the Masonic Order, Eastern Star, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge and attended The First Christian Church.
He actively hunted and fished in Craig, Rangely and Meeker areas. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Slush Pit Country Club in Rangely, and the Meeker and Rifle Creek golf courses.
After retiring from Chevron Oil, he and his family lived in Meeker until Mary's passing in 2004. He then lived in Rifle and moved to the Denver area in 2008 to be near his daughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters and one granddaughter.
He is survived by daughter Betty Darleen (Jerry) Sturbaum; son, Alvy Richard (Mickey) Tucker; daughter Diana (Dennis) Chandler; and sister Patricia Smiley, of California. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, 14 step-great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad. A memorial service is planned for 2 p. m. June 27 at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Donations may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Cochran Memorial Chapel.