James Tucek

Dates

July 5, 1936 - April 24, 2021

Obituary

James Tucek, 84, of Mitchell, formerly of Tripp, SD, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Howard. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, April 28 at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

James E. Tucek was born on the farm near Tripp on July 5, 1936, the hottest day on record in South Dakota. Frank and Tillie (Plihal) welcomed their first child and only son during the coldest year of record in SD. It was no surprise that Jim lived his life like the extremes of 1936--hot and cold and larger than life. Jim grew up in a multi-generational home and attended grades 1-8 at Maag School #81. He had been helping out on the farm since he was a child, but in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He proudly served in the naval service and enjoyed his travels to Japan, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Shemya Islands. Jim always spoke fondly of his navy years, pranks and all, and made lifelong friendships. After his discharge, Jim returned to work on the family farm. In 1959, he married LaLanie Lee, established a home southeast of Tripp, and raised three children. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW, Catholic Workman, township board, and CB Club. He helped build the elevator in Beardsley, the Tripp Sales Barn, and worked on road construction, among other things. Jim met Marilyn Voelker at a singles’ dance and fell in love on the dance floor. They were married on October 11, 2003, and lived in Mitchell. There was never a dull moment. They enjoyed antiquing and just spending time together.

Jim had a wide variety of interests. There wasn’t an animal he wouldn’t try to tame or bring home. He tried taming everything from coyotes, raccoons, opossums, and donkeys. He often took them to town, the nursing home, and even the hospital for people to enjoy. He was a stock car racer in the 1970’s, wrote and performed in many skits, and participated in parades and other events. Jim’s Czech heritage was important to him; he played the button accordion, listened to polka music, and like any good Bohemian, loved to dance and socialize.

Jim was irresistibly attracted to bargains and a shrewd shopper for good deals and rebates. He was resourceful, not willing to throw away something that he might use someday. Jim was fascinated with restoring nonfunctioning mechanical objects to usefulness again, salvaging parts for his toy tractor collection, a lifelong interest (especially if it was green). Jim had the ability to fix, repair, or construct anything. Jim always said, “If man can build it, a man can fix it.”

Jim had a winsome personality, a great sense of humor, loved practical joking, and was gifted with conversation (if you knew him, you know what we mean). He had a prodigious memory and his mind was a never-ending bucket of anecdotes and jokes. Jim could be very generous, so willing to give of his time and resources, especially for someone in need. Jim derived more pleasure from buying something for someone else than for himself. He never worried about the future, feeling confident that something would come along. Jimmie never thought he would live this long!

Like the year 1936, Jim’s temperament could change from hot to cold. Though generally of a quiet nature, he was known to erupt when stirred. Jim’s inquiring intellectualism led him to be an avid reader and crossword puzzle buff, though he could sometimes seem like a know it all (but we loved him anyway). His memory was sharp as a tack to the end.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three children, Vicki (Tom) Streifel, Tracy, MN; Randy (Karen) Tucek, Abilene, TX; and Terry (Jen) Tucek, Howard, SD; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Darla (Rick) Kofford, Howard, SD; Rodger (Pascale) Voelker, Eugene, OR; Jolene (Fred) Geffre, Aberdeen, SD; Tony Voelker, Minneapolis, MN; Janell Ridgway, Mitchell, SD; and Jesse (Laurie) Voelker, Lincoln, NE; many step-grandchildren and step-grandchildren; siblings, Sylvia Jezek, Kaylor, SD; Lillian (Paul) Schlechter, Scotland, SD; and Eileen (Steve) Hardesty, Reno, NV.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Tillie Tucek and stepson, Douglas Voelker.

“Dobry noc,” honey, I love you.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
6:30 PM Scripture Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Howard, SD


Posted by Doug Mikuska on June 8, 2021
Jimmy was truly one of the good guys. He would do anything for anyone. I enjoyed so many of his jokes and visits with him and my dad.
Posted by Alan and Stacy Bueber on April 29, 2021
Our deepest condolences on your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort lifted for your family.
Posted by Debbie Emme on April 29, 2021
Jim was a great guy with a huge heart. It was my pleasure to have met his acquaintance. Marilyn, he loved you with all his heart, there was no doubt about it. He will be missed. Prayer to all of you.
Posted by Al & JoAnn (Schoenfelder)Steffen on April 28, 2021
Vicki, Randy & Terry & families. So sorry to hear of your dads passing. Thoughts are with you.
Posted by William Brummett MITCHELL SD on April 28, 2021
I worked with Jim on the elevator south of Parkson and seen him at the Cubby's stations doing maintenance work. Super nice guy. Think's For the memories. GONE BUT MOT FORGOTTEN.
Posted by William Brummett MITCHELL SD on April 28, 2021
I worked with Jim on the elevator south of Parkson and seen him at the Cubby's stations doing maintenance work. Super nice guy. Think's For the memories. GONE BUT MOT FORGOTTEN.
Posted by William Brummett MITCHELL SD on April 28, 2021
I worked with Jim on the elevator south of Parkson and seen him at the Cubby's stations doing maintenance work. Super nice guy. Think's For the memories. GONE BUT MOT FORGOTTEN.
Posted by Jesse Dicus on April 28, 2021
I met Jim years ago at the VFW in Mitchell. Though I'm half his age, we became good friends. I would take him pheasants, ducks and geese that he would cook for his wife Marilyn. Rest peacefully my Ol buddy. Prayers to the family.
Posted by ALLEN VANDERHEIDEN on April 28, 2021
Sorry to hear this Jim was always good to visit with take care
Posted by Mike Kelley on April 28, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Always used to see him in Kaylor, Tripp and Lesterville. Fun loving man! My sympathy to the families.
Posted by Kelly and Lois Brown on April 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with your family .
Posted by Marcia and Ron Deyalsingh on April 27, 2021
We loved Jimmy and his sense of humor. He was a guy just full of fun! Our sincere condolences to his family! May he Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon him!
Posted by Jerry and Deanna Mueller on April 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss we have many memories of Jim and all the Tucek family. High energy and full of fun! Our prayers are with all of you!
Posted by Bill &Evie Mikuska on April 27, 2021
Our sympathies to the Tucek family. He was such a fun loving guy. He will be missed by many. Bill will miss the Monday night phone calls.
Posted by Belva Mikuska on April 27, 2021
So sorry to hear about Jim. I knew Jim from country school over 75 years ago..Our kids went to country school with Vicki, Randy and Terry too. My sympathy to you Marilyn and your families. He will be missedby many.
Posted by Vonnie Gall on April 27, 2021
He was a good friend to my mom and dad. So sorry for the loss of your dad. He was such a good guy.
Posted by Fred and Virginia Kubal on April 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on April 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Jim was a nice man & will be missed. God Bless🙏🏼
Posted by Charlie Prickett on April 27, 2021
Always enjoyed his visits to the local VFW
Posted by Michelle Lutt on April 27, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Ed and Teri Vavruska on April 27, 2021
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all during this difficult time in your lives. I remember Jim always had a smile on his face and always loved to talk. He will be missed.
Posted by Roger and Pinky Huether on April 27, 2021
Our sympathies to the Tucek family! Jimmy was a dear friend and will be missed!!
Posted by John&Margie Slama on April 27, 2021
We have known Jim for many years and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Jo Duffy on April 27, 2021
Prayers and positive thoughts to the family. Peace and rest.
Posted by Angel Stahly on April 27, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Please let us know if there’s anything we can do!❤️
Posted by Tara Goldman on April 27, 2021
Always enjoyed visiting with him! He will be missed
Posted by Ron and Sandi Ruml on April 26, 2021
We have known him for years Ron always enjoyed visiting and seeing him at farm sales or toy shows. My sympathy to the families.
Posted by Lacy Styles on April 26, 2021
He was a good friend to my dad and me! He always stopped into my jobs to see me! Will be missed
Posted by marian Peschl on April 26, 2021
my thoughts and prayers are with you
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