Marion Eugene (Rusty) Tucker III


Marion Eugene (Rusty) Tucker III
Marion Eugene (Rusty) Tucker III

Marion Eugene (Rusty) Tucker III of Amarillo, TX passed away into the hands of the Lord on Monday, January 17, 2022.

A private memorial service to celebrate Marion’s life will be held for family and close friends at 2:00 P.M.  Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Boxwell Brother’s Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX.  The service will also be live streamed.  Arrangements made by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors with Chaplain, Davlyn Duesterhaus, officiating.

Rusty was born on October 6, 1950, to Marion Eugene II and Janice Tucker in Coraopolis, PA.  He was an only child but was raised with an abundance of cousins and family where there was no shortage of love.  Rusty was a stellar three sport athlete in high school.  He had opportunities to play all three sports at collegiate and semi-professional levels.  Rusty made his way to Canyon, TX to play college football at West Texas State University and made his home in Amarillo, TX.   He had 3 children with former spouse and lifelong friend, Nina Tucker.  Family and sports were the center of his world and the pride of his heart.  He coached many of his daughters’ and son’s athletic teams and rarely missed a sporting event that his kids participated in.  He loved watching his children and grandchildren excel in sporting events, in the classroom, and in life.

Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Eugene II and Janice Tucker.

He is survived by his children, Shannon Pestel and her husband Aaron of McKinney, TX, Kisha Mize of Plano, TX, Marion Eugene Tucker IV and his wife Desiree of Menifee, CA, and 6 grandchildren Shelby, Luke, Mackenzie, Marion Eugene V (Troy), Logan, and Audrey.  Rusty had several out of state extended family members and close long-term friends who stood in the gap and supported him physically, emotionally, and spiritually during some of his sickest days.  Immediate family will be forever grateful for their acts of love.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Amarillo Chapter of Meals on Wheels.

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10 Replies to “Marion Eugene (Rusty) Tucker III”

  1. The family of Uncle Thomas Sr. (late) and Aunt Beverly A. Tucker sends our sincere condolences to Rusty’s entire family. We are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you during these difficult times. May you stay strong and cherish your precious memories of him always. With Love, Cathy Jordon, Thomas Tucker, Jr., Holly Overton, Elizabeth Tucker, Tanya Tucker, Beverly J. Tucker and Katurah Glover.

  2. I send my loving wishes for peace and love to surround all of you at this time of loss. I know you all have many fond memories of Rusty – a bigger than life story teller and lover of all things sports related! I hope you can enjoy the memories and family time together. All my love.

  3. Rusty was a great friend, coach, teammate, motivator, and I could on and on. I claimed him as my brother and will cherish the memories always. Rest In Peace Tuck.

  4. My dear friend…we just re-connected over a year ago & I’m definitely going to miss you. We had hours of phone conversations about our Steelers, football, basketball, baseball, golf, etc. And I was so surprised when you told me you watched the ‘Young & the Restless’ soap opera. We had many discussions about that too. I lost a wonderful friend. My sincere sympathy to all the family.

  5. So sorry to hear about Rusty passing. He was a dear friend. We celebrated alot of birthdays together ever since we had met. Our birthdays were just a few days apart. He always made me laugh. I called and checked on him alot, cause I don’t have a car. We always checked on each other. He always talked about his family. He loved all his kids and grandkids very, very much. RIP my dear friend. I miss you already. Every time I sing Grandpa, I will definitely think of you. Condolences to all your family. Your in my prayers. 🙏🙏🙏🙏♥️♥️♥️

  6. So sad hearing about my friend and classmate from the great class of 1969 from Coraopolis High School. Last spoke and he was trying to attend our 70 bday class event on last year and feel sick. My heart felt sympathy to his beautiful family from the CHS class of 1969 family.

  7. So sad to hear this news of Rusty’s passing. He was one of the nicest and funniest guys I’ve ever known. Didn’t know he was an only child. That explains why he always made everyone feel like they were his brothers and sisters! My heartfelt condolences to you, Nina, and Shannon, Kisha and Little Russ. I was around when each of you were born. You all made your Dad very proud.

  8. So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. My condolences to the family. Rusty was an awesome guy that I worked with many years in the tobacco business ( we were competitors) but always friends. He always showed his love for his family , sports and a good laugh. RIP Rusty and keep smiling down on all of us. We are going to miss you

  9. One of my best Friends since the early 70’s at WTSU‼️ The memories are many and feeling are deep🙏🏻 Rest In Peace my longtime Friend🙏🏻👍🏻❤️

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