Richard O. “Dick” Stucker, 87, died, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, with his loving wife by his side.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Providence Baptist Church. Grave side service will follow at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Quaker Cemetery, Camden. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Providence Baptist Church.
Stucker was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Louisville, Ky, a son of the late Harold Stucker Sr. and Emma L. Stucker Sells. He was a graduate of Ohio State University, where he received a degree in Chemical Engineering, and taught night classes in math and played football for two years. After college, Stucker joined the U.S. Marines, and bravely served his country during WWII. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Stucker was a retired Chemical Engineer with the Dupont Plant in Camden. While in Camden, Dick was a member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, where he also was a member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, and served in various other positions. He also assisted in the beginning of a church sponsored by the First Baptist Church. He served in the Gideon Ministry in various positions. Dick was an artist and a member of the Art League. His paintings won various ribbons and honors.
After moving to Pageland, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church, where he loved serving his Lord. He continued in the Gideon Ministry, where he served in all the camp offices at various times, as well as serving in the S.C. state positions. Dick especially loved the jail/prison ministry and the scripture distributions. He was also a member of the Smith Graves American Legion Post # 92. He loved young people, and was again a substitute teacher, known lovingly as “Mr. Dick”. Continuing with his art, he joined the Monroe, N.C. art league where he won various ribbons and “Best in Show” Painting. Dick’s last painting was for Providence Baptist Church, a painting containing the different church buildings through the years.
In addition to his parents, Dick was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Stucker, Jr.
He is survived by a wife, Rachel Snipes Stucker of the home, three children, Ann (Steve) Nichols of Anderson, James Stucker of Berkeley, Calif., and Robert (Yvette) Stucker, of Bogalusa, La. Also, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, a brother, Gayle (Eddie) Stucker Annapolis, Md., sister-in-law, Ronna S. (Joe) Johnson of Cheraw, brother-in-law, Gary L. (Jane) Snipes of Assumption, Ill.
Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church “State Mission Fund” 232 Providence Church Road, Pageland, SC 29728, Gideons International, Pageland Camp PO Box 26, Chesterfield, SC 29709, or to Hospice of Chesterfield County, PO Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Stucker Family.