Randall L. Tucker died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a lengthy battle with his health.
Randy was born on May 21, 1951 in Toledo, OH to Jesse Tucker and Phyllis Klovski. He is survived by wife Sue (McMullen) of 43 years, three children and six grandchildren - Rachel (Tony) Butler, Grant & Sophie of Forest; Emily (Brian) Halm, Norah & Millie of Findlay; and Seth (Kenzie) Tucker, Memphis & Hank of McComb.
He was a 1969 graduate of Findlay High School. Upon graduating, he was drafted by the U.S. Army where he was hand selected to be a member of the elite Special Forces group, the Green Berets. He served his time from 1970-1973 in the Vietnam War.
When he returned home Randy and his father, Jesse opened a machine shop in Arcadia.
Randy continued his career at Cooper Tire, a journey spanning 30 years which ultimately landed him as a Senior Research Engineer. During his tenure, Randy earned the title of inventor which served as launching point for his diverse portfolio of patents.
Randy was an avid outdoorsman, highlighted with yearly hunting trips out west, fishing excursions at his cabin in northern Michigan, deep sea fishing and lobster diving in the Florida Keys, and surf fishing in the Outer Banks. Randy always invited others in to share his love and knowledge of the outdoors, especially his children and grandchildren.
This passion for the outdoors led him to start his own business, Streamside, a company focused on restoring rivers and streams. This company was built around numerous patented technologies developed by Randy with the focus on improving fisheries to ensure generations to come could enjoy rivers as he had.
Randy had a rare ability to bring ideas to life. To discover a problem and fix it, leaving things better than when he first discovered them, and in this case, leaving this world much better than he found it.
In 2013, Randy was the recipient of a bilateral lung transplant. Memorial contributions can be made to:
5516 Falmouth St., Suite 302, Richmond, VA 23230
Bridge Home Health & Hospice
15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH 45840
Private memorial service to follow at a later date. Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.