Tommy Tuckwin 1944-2019
Tommy “Numquat” Gene Tuckwin, 74, Hoyt, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.
He was born Oct. 8, 1944, in Mayetta, the son of Louis and Elizabeth Blandin Tuckwin. He graduated in 1962 from Haskell Indian School in Lawrence and also attended Wichita State University, graduating with an electronics degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Tuckwin served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1969. He worked for more than 25 years for Retail Data Systems as an electronic technician. He later was a gaming commissioner for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation for six years.
He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and a member of the Enrollment Committee.
He married Leida Iris Ramos in July 12, 1969, on the U.S. Navy Base Sabana Seca in Puerto Rico. She survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Leslie M. Tuckwin-Haynes and husband Robert, Brandon, Fla., and Lisa A. Tuckwin and Karen L. Tuckwin, both of Topeka; a brother, Gerald “Jerry” Tuckwin and wife Terry, Lawrence; eight grandchildren, Blake, Dario, Nikko, Mikoda, Tommy, Jericho, Jaden and Mylia; and two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Avalyn. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mercedes Degand, Wilma Holstein, Rosemary Smith and Patty Jo Tuckwin; and five brothers, Ralph Tecumseh, Lewis “Mitch” Tuckwin, Paul Tuckwin, Lyle “Brub” Tuckwin and Marvin Tuckwin.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mayetta. Burial with military honors will follow in Shipshee Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of PBPN, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.