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Richard T. Tucci of Overland Park, Ks, originally from Kings Park, Long Island, New York passed away June 16, 2015. He is survived by wife Diana Caruthers-Tucci, son Michael A. Tucci, daughter Vicki J. Rojas and step-daughter Cindy R. Bradshaw. Richard was also the grandfather of three biological grandchildren; Brandon, Logan, Ciara and three step grandchildren; Nicole Kasie and Kristie. Surviving brothers; Larry W. and Guy F. Tucci, and a sister Mary Anne Thomas.
Richard grew up in Kings Park, New York. He graduated from Ralph J. Osgood High School in 1964. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1964. He was stationed in Beeville, Texas until December of 1968 as an aircraft jet engine mechanic. Richard came to Kansas City in 1968 and worked in the aviation field until 1975. In 1975 he started working with computers and became a programmer in 1979 for Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1985, Richard began working for United Telecom (Sprint) until 2003. He then worked for Home Depot in Merriam, KS until his retirement in 2013. Richard loved to watch his children play and helping them with their schoolwork. He also enjoyed the same passion with his grandchildren. He enjoyed sports: Baseball, football, KU basketball and golf. He enjoyed fishing and watching the modified races at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. He loved all kinds of music and loved dancing.
A memorial gathering will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 9:30-11:30 AM at Heartland Cremation, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, Mo 64133, followed by a military graveside at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road, Leavenworth, Ks at 1:30 PM.
Richard Emerson says
Dear Diana and all of Richard’s many loved ones,
Richard and I worked together on the United Telephone customer billing team from 1985 to 2003; both of us retiring in 2003. We enjoyed the company golf league with many fellow employees and we shared many Friday lunches together with our special group of bro’s.
I thank Richard for his service to our country, the expertise and guidance he offered over the years, his love of family and his friendship. I am only sorry that I did not stay closer over the last few years, so I could have been there for him when times got rough.
Richard was an exceptional guy and a good friend. He is in God’s hands now.
Mary Anne Thomas says
Time to say goodbye to my brother…he is now free of pain and suffering! My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Both Diana and Judy and all the kids and grandkids, (step and natural) will miss him greatly!
Nikki Duffield says
Sending my love and condolences to all of Uncle Dick’s family and friends. I will always remember his wonderful laugh. Xo
John Tucci says
Dear Family and friends of Uncle Dick,
I would like to express my deepest sympathies in these hard times. I will always remember summertime barbecues at grandpa and grandmas house, and Dick always playing his numbers while in NY. Fishing trips with him and his Bologna and butter sandwiches. Yes that stuck in my mind all these years. Think of all the good times and laughs. He is in a much better place, and thank the good lord, he is pain free. May he rest in peace, and now celebrate with all of our loved ones who have passed on before him.
John Ritz says
To Richard’s family, may I extend my sympathies. I also worked with “Tooch” for years at United Telecom through the late 80’s and 90’s. He brought life and laughter to the office every day of the week, and especially on Friday’s when he would stop at “John’s Space-Age Donunts” and bring in several boxes of treats for the whole group.
Played golf with Tooch back in the company golf league, shared more than a few cold ones over the years, and I never, ever remember him without a smile on his face. Truly one of a kind. He will be missed.
Troy Jones says
Said goodbye to my uncle Tucci today. Thoughts of peace and courage to my Cousins Vicki & Mike during this time of grieving. Rest assured that somewhere above a deck of cards have shuffled and dealt. Bo is telling stories, Tucci is laughing loud as always and Doc is yelling in the background just to be heard over the laughing.