OKMULGEE Richard Dean "Doc" Tucker of Okmulgee, formerly of Ada and Meeker, died Sept. 14, 2016, just a week prior to his 76th birthday.
Dr. Tucker was born Sept. 22, 1940, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Katherine Burson and Carver Hearn Tucker. He attended grade and secondary schools in Fayette, Alabama, college at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and completed his degree in veterinary medicine at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 1967. Dr. Tucker moved to Oklahoma and became a partner in the Ada Veterinary Clinic, where he remained until he established the Ada Equine Clinic, working with both private horse farms and at Remington Racetrack. He was a member of the Oklahoma Grape Growers Association, the Oklahoma and American Equine Associations, and the Oklahoma and American Veterinary Medicine Associations.
Dr. Tucker is survived by three children, Dean Tucker and wife, Julie, of Richland, Oregon, Beth Walker of Vanoss and Dona-Karel Doffin and husband, Randy, of Vanoss; his sister, Lorraine Whitley, of Fayette, Alabama, and longtime companion, Joyce Bradford of Okmulgee; six grandchildren, Matthew Walker, Chicago, Dr. Monika Payne, DVM, and husband, Jonathan, Davis, Tristan and Laramie Doffin, Vanoss, Will Lovelady, Oregon, and Jake Dingman, Richland, Oregon; and five great-grandchildren, Kenadee, Kaden and Korbyn Payne, Davis, and Bailey and Brogan Dingman, Richland, Oregon.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Chickasaw Community Center in Ada.
Published on November 15, 2016