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Earl Milton Tuckness
September 12, 1930 ~ March 11, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Earl was a strong, quiet man who loved God, his family, and his country.
He was born September 12, 1930, in Caldwell, Idaho, to Henry J. Tuckness and Louise Anawalt Tuckness. He was raised on a farm south of Caldwell with two sisters and a brother. Earl attended Maple Grove school and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1948.
In 1950, after the start of the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Texas and Florida. In March 1952, he was sent to Korea where he spent 13 months as crew chief on a C-47 (Gooney Bird) flying supplies to the front lines.
In May 1953 he returned home to Caldwell and married June McCullough of Nampa on May 23. They then moved to his next assignment at Holliman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Their first son, Tim, was born at Holliman. Earl was honorably discharged in August 1954 with the rank of staff sergeant and returned to Caldwell. Their daughter, Jan, was born in Caldwell.
Earl acquired his A & E license and the next move was to Portland, Oregon, where he began a job with General Airways.
In 1957 he received a call from his father asking him to return to Caldwell and manage the family farm. It was a hard decision to make as he was very happy with his job at General Airways. After much consideration he decided to return to Caldwell to the house he was born and raised in. Earl farmed the ground for 50 years. His oldest son, Tim, still farms the ground.
During the slow winter months on the farm, he was employed by Boise Air and Morrison-Knudson to help support his growing family, which now included a son, Dana, and a daughter, Marcelyn.
Earl was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and sporting clays. His hobby was restoring old tractors. Mom said, "He would come in with a trailer load of junk and after many hours in the shop there would appear a beautifully restored antique tractor." He restored many antique tractors over the years.
He is survived by sons, Tim Tuckness (Sharon) and Dana Tuckness (Kathy); daughters, Jan Bianchi and Marcelyn Coffman (Rick); 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and a 12th great grandchild on the way.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, June, his parents, two sisters, Mildred Ray and Dorothy Black, and brother Don Tuckness.
Donations may be made to the Caldwell First Baptist Church, or a charity of your choice.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Caldwell First Baptist Church, 221 E. Linden Street, Caldwell. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands. I Thessalonians 4:11.
Saturday March 25, 2023 10:00 AM First Baptist Church Linden Caldwell, ID 83605
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 15862 S Indiana Ave Caldwell, ID 83607