EAST LIVERPOOL - A lifetime inventor, entrepreneur, test pilot and adventurer, Arthur R. "Art" Tucker, 90, of Perry Avenue, passed away Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11:15 a.m. at the Adkins Convalescent Center following a lengthy illness. Mr. Tucker had retired to East Liverpool, his wife's hometown, in recent years, where he continued to be a seeker of knowledge until his final days.
Art was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 2, 1922, a son of the late Arthur and Alice Beebee Tucker.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Army Air Corps, he served his country proudly during both WWII and the Korean Conflict, where he earned the Purple Heart Medal when he was wounded in Korea.
Following the military, he and his family moved to Danbury, Conn., where he was a pioneer in developing the helicopter industry. He was instrumental in developing the Army's helicopter training program at Ft. Rucker, Ala. In 1960, he started the Dalto Electronics Company which produced the first flight simulators available. He also built the Lunar Landing simulator as well as the space shuttle and 747 simulators. During this time, he developed a new concept for television projection, a patent used extensively in wide screen projection televisions and monitors, which led to him receiving an "Emmy Award" for technological advancements. At the turn of the century, he wrote and published his autobiography "Deep Waters: The Adventures of Art Tucker" which is sold on Amazon.com.
A member of the American Legion Post No. 374, he was an avid Ham Radio Operator, with a MARS certification.
His wife, Marjorie "Mudge" Hartt Tucker, whom he married July 30, 1945, while they both were stationed at Quantico, Va., survives in East Liverpool. One daughter, Maureen Davis also survives in East Liverpool. There is one grandson, Shane Art Tucker and his wife, Jodee of Louisville, Ky.; and one great-granddaughter, Audrey Tucker of Louisville.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, William Arthur Koenig, and one brother, Robert Tucker.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the G.A.R. Chapel at Riverview Cemetery. He will then be buried in the Veterans Section outside the Chapel.
Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group.
Contributions can be made to the Charity Hospice; 500 Luray Drive; Wintersville, Ohio 43953.
The Dawson Funeral Home in East Liverpool is in charge of all local arrangements.
View Mr. Tucker's memorial page and send condolences online at: www.dawsonfuneralhome.com