Donald W. Tucker
1920 – 2009

CHESTERVILLE – Donald W. Tucker went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by his family and loved ones, on Friday, Nov. 13, at the age of 89.

He was born Sept. 27, 1920, in North Salem, N.Y., the son of Erie and Nina Tucker. He shared his childhood with his brothers, George and Robert, and his sister, Nina. He graduated from Ridgefield Preparatory School in Connecticut, where his father was the headmaster. He attended the City College of New York and lived in Virginia for a short time.

He was a proud veteran of World War II, where he served his country in the Pacific. Prior to serving his country, he met and married his lifelong love and companion, Nancy Andrews Tucker, in Waltham, Mass., in 1943. Shortly after being married, they moved to Indianapolis, where Donald attended Lincoln Chiropractic College. He graduated in 1950 and he and Nancy moved to Ellsworth, where he set up practice in 1951.

While raising their five children in Ellsworth, they were active in the local grange and both enjoyed serving their community through various organizations. In 1966 they moved their family to Farmington, where Donald set up a new practice. Over the years Donald and Nancy welcomed many college students and missionaries into their home, where they were provided a warm and safe haven. Don and Nancy became active in the Republican Party, where they passionately fought for the right to life movement.

Donald served as president of the Maine State Chiropractic Association in 1973. He was instrumental in lobbying for chiropractic care for the people of Maine when the profession came under attack in the 1970s. Donald and Nancy were members of Farmington Baptist Church and gave so much of themselves to sharing the love of God with others. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered for his love of all people, his sense of humor, and his undying commitment to his friends, family, and to his Lord.

He is survived by his five children, Martha Beathem and her husband, Steve, of Ellsworth, Stephen Tucker and his wife, Anne, of Charlestown, Mass., Peter Tucker and his wife, Bonnie, of Augusta, Douglas Tucker and his wife, Anita, of Wilton, and Beth Childs and her husband, Lindy, of Chesterville; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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