Dordt College News

Campus mourns the loss of student Joshua L. Tucker, 19

May 17, 2012

TheJoshua Tucker Dordt College campus community is mourning the loss of Joshua L. Tucker, 19, a student from Springfield, Missouri, who had just completed his freshman year.  He was a history major studying pre-law, and he played on the golf team and was active in campus life. Josh was the son of Jeff and Donna Tucker of Springfield.

According to police reports, Josh was struck by a car and was killed on impact at U.S. Highway 65 just south of Battlefield, Missouri, on Wednesday, May 16.

“Josh was a Christian young man with high integrity and a great work ethic. He always had a positive attitude, even if things didn’t go his way on the golf course,” said Dordt College golf coach Mark Christians. “We are grieving as a campus, and we are in prayer for Josh's family and all who were close to him as they mourn this loss.”

Vice President for Student Services Bethany Schuttinga noted that Josh had recently been elected to a leadership position in Student Symposium. “Josh was known by many on campus as a person who loved others and as a person who was in pursuit of growing deeper in his faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. He will be missed,” she said.

Information for visitation, funeral, burial, and memorials are as follows:

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at High St. Baptist Church, 900 N. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 862-5502

Funeral:  10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at High St. Baptist Church

Burial: 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Forrest Cemetery Association, 634 North 9th St., Oskaloosa, IA 52577 (641) 672-2243

The funeral home in charge of arrangements is Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield, MO. Memorials can be directed to the Missions Fund at either of the following churches: High St. Baptist Church or Heartland Covenant Church, 1700 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 865-5556.

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