March 10, 1934 - March 9, 2019
Harold Robert “Bob” Tucker Jr. gently passed from this life into eternity on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the presence of his family, with his wife Meg by his side.
Born March 10, 1934, in the small East Texas town of Athens to Dr. H.R. Tucker, Sr. and Louise Robbins Tucker, Bob graduated Athens High School and Baylor University (1955). Driving back and forth between Waco and Athens each weekend, Bob pastored the first of many Baptist churches. One such weekend he was introduced to fellow student Margaret Sue Roberts of Tahoka and was blessed to spend 63 years of marriage with her.
Having earned an additional degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Tuckers accepted the challenge of planting and growing a new Baptist church in Toledo, Ohio, during the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Those years also gave them a son, Mark, and daughter Elaine.
In 1963, the Tuckers were appointed as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. Following a year of language school in Costa Rica, Bob pastored and planted new congregations in Maracay, Anaco, and Los Teques, Venezuela. He was a founding faculty member of the newly established Seminario Teológico Bautista de Venezuela, where he trained men and women for service across the country. The young family grew, adding a daughter Karen and twin sons John and Phil.
After 13 years in Latin America, Bob was selected begin serving as a “pastor” to missionaries throughout the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile. Bob traveled up and down the continent, encouraging, training, assisting and loving scores of missionaries and their national colleagues and leaders. His laughter and his genuine care for all persons, regardless of social status or background and his strong and engaging preaching and teaching made Bob a beloved figure in churches across Latin America.
In later years, the Tuckers moved to El Paso where he guided the Spanish Baptist Publishing House, then the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language Bibles and religious literature. Moving internationally once again, the Tuckers accepted the challenge of assisting the founding of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, where Bob trained leaders who still serve Canadian churches today.
With the fall of the former Soviet Union, Bob and Meg sold their possessions yet one more time and ventured into the altogether new assignment of creating graduate and lay training programs for churches once suppressed under Communism. Here, yet again, Bob left his mark as a minister who genuinely cared, listened carefully and wisely advised all who sought his visionary expertise. Two years later, Bob took on the task of ministering to missionaries in the newly liberated Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Retirement found Bob and Meg back in Athens, Texas, in what he once called, “His most difficult assignment”: Minister to Single Adults at First Baptist Church. Several years of guiding singles gave way to encouraging Hispanic pastors across East Texas on behalf of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Upon moving to Boerne in 2006, Bob continued work among Hispanic Baptist pastors as a member of Primera Iglesia Bautista. In 2013, Bob and Meg joined St. Mark Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and sang in the choir.
Preaching from the tip of Chile, looking across the Straits of Magellan at Antarctica, to the snow-swept streets of Arkhangelsk, Russia, above the Arctic Circle, Bob Tucker typified the life of the “Faithful Servant.” His laughter still rings in the ears of people across both hemispheres, and the legacy of his loving lessons and gentle training continues to assist churches and ministries worldwide. Having loved greatly, he will be as greatly missed.
The memorial service for Dr. H. Robert Tucker Jr will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Boerne.
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