North Las Vegas, Nevada – Joseph Maxwell Tucker III, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away December 13, 2022 of complications related to lung cancer. He was 77 years old.
Joe attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri, where he met his first wife, Barbara Briggs. The two were married in 1966 and divorced in 1994. Joe met his second wife, Catherine, through his work at Caterpillar Inc. They married in 1996.
Joe was an engineer and a mathematician by trade, working for Caterpillar for nearly four decades, and moonlighting as a math instructor at Waubonsee Community College for many years. His work at Caterpillar took him on two international assignments, first to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and then Harsewinkel, Germany. He also held a couple of patents through Caterpillar. He was a car and airplane enthusiast, a lover of all things clever and mechanical, an accomplished photographer, a classical music aficionado, and an avid reader and student of history right up to the end.
He is survived by his two sons, Mark and Zachary, his wife Catherine, stepson Aaron Rogers, his sister Judy Horsch, stepdaughters Barbara Oros and Carrie Jackson, and grandchildren Lauren Bennett and Nolan Oros. Joe wished for his earthly remains to be donated to scientific research, and as such, there will be no funeral. The family plans a memorial service to be announced later. In the meantime, those wishing to pay their respects are encouraged to donate to their favorite charity in Joe’s memory.