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Herman Tuck, February 23, 1929~February 2, 2015

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Herman Ashby Tuck, Jr., 85, of Fayetteville left our world on February 2, 2015 and went to join his wife, Irene, in the beautiful world beyond. He slipped quietly and painlessly to Heaven while sleeping, with his daughter, Cyndy Tuck Ash and son, Herman Ashby Tuck, III by his side. An era has ended and a legend has passed!

Herman was born in Fayetteville, AR on February 23, 1929, to Josephine Ellison Tuck, of Muskogee, OK and Herman Ashby Tuck, Sr., of Fayetteville.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Clara Irene Mayes Tuck; his parents, Herman Ashby Tuck and Josephine Ellison Tuck; uncles, Henry Lafayette Tuck; Jack Shive Tuck; and aunt, Nancy Sue Tuck Brown. Family was so important to Herman and he passed this love on to his survivors. Survived by sister,  Jo Anne Tuck Stanberry Compton; daughter, Cyndy and husband, Bill of Goshen; their children,  Melanie and William (Turk) Ash; and grandchildren,  Avery Undernehr, Jorge Garcia, Ashton and Jacie Jones;  son, Herman Ashby Tuck, III, and wife, Kim of St. Louis, MO.; and their child, Herman Ashby Tuck, IV; stepdaughter, Kandace Herring and husband, Alex; and grandchildren, Ethan and Ashton Herring.

He attended Washington Elementary School and Fayetteville High School, until his junior year, when he transferred to Kemper Military School graduating in 1947. He attempted a semester at the U of A, but decided that it was not for him or vice versa. Growing up he spent working for his grandfather at the Sinclair Gas Station at College and Spring St.  His true work ethics were instilled there. In his words, “There are only two reasons to not show up for work, one is death, the other a nuclear bomb.”

Swimming, waterskiing, horseback riding and music kept him busy giving of himself to others and honed his desire for perfection, demanding it of himself and just a few others starting with his children at home. His theory, “If you can’t do it right, then don’t do it at all”.

Music! An avid and accomplished drummer he put his talent to good use. He was Ronnie Hawkins first drummer and they gave many hours of entertainment playing local gigs.  His skills and abilities as a drummer were recognized and reaped several local awards as a result.  His love of music was reflected in being always surrounded by big band and jazz.

Herman’s Ribhouse! An example of what a few dollars and a lot of perspiration can achieve and on New Year’s Eve, 1964, Herman’s Ribhouse became a reality. Wearing a shirt saying “I’m Herman” on the back,  the side most familiar to guests, his talents at good simple food with Herman’s touch making it a staple to many an appetite! Irene always at his side, Cyndy serving and Dubber doing whatever, theirs was the first “reality” show as NWA watched the family growth over decades spanning the 60′s into the  late 80′s.  History was born. A salesman from Ft. Smith, office employee, Don Tyson, Willie Nelson or Bill Clinton, you got the same fine treatment. There, everyone was someone important.

Retiring in 1987 to Beaver Lake where Herman could, once again, play with a boat on water while Irene watched her birds and sunsets. Time shared with family especially those grandkids! Herman and Irene moved back to Fayetteville after 10 years to accommodate her failing health. Herman celebrated her life and mourned her death on February 5, 2012.

A special thank you goes to Jennifer Rust, an incredible caregiver who gave so much of herself and whose unending loving care added so much to Herman and Irene’s daily life in their latter years. The entire Tuck family recognizes your efforts and thanks you for the blessed time you added to Herman and Irene’s lives. They also recognize BrightStar for the wonderful caregivers, Amber and Jamie, who helped in Herman’s final days.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Gary Lunsford officiating. Burial will be in Sons Chapel Cemetery.  Following the interment, a reception will be held at the Tuck’s home, 2926 N. Loxley in Fayetteville.

Visitation will be at Beard’s Chapel from 5-7 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to, The Broyles Foundation, at 2020 E. Joyce St., Suite 2, Fayetteville, AR. 72703. Please help raise the awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that is stealing the minds of so many; and BrightStar, at 4264 Frontage Road, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. BrightStar teaches the art of caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It takes a great deal of caring, empathy, knowledge, training and patience to give of oneself for the betterment of those unable to speak for themselves.

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    Nancy Blair » 03. Feb, 2015

    one of NW Arkansas’s mist unforgettable characters. We will remember the stories and treasure our memories.

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    Bill and Millie Zirger » 03. Feb, 2015

    To the Family if Herman:

    Herman will be missed by all. His wit and wisdom were always appreciated by both Millie and I.
    Our sincere sympathies to the family.

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    Jennifer Pinkerton Cook » 03. Feb, 2015

    I am so sorry to hear of Herman’s passing. He was a longtime friend of my dad, Harold Pinkerton, and they were bandmates in Ronnie Hawkins’ band in the mid-1950s. Harold died Jan. 31, two days before Herman. What a sad time, losing two Hawks within a couple of days. Herman was always so kind to me when I saw him when I was out with my dad. All of my family sends our love and prayers. May you have peace in the coming days.

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    Bill Wright » 03. Feb, 2015

    Herman, you will be missed terribly. I’m thankful that I was around fifty years ago to experience your contribution to all of us…

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    cathy miller » 03. Feb, 2015

    One of the funniest, best men that I ever had the priviledge to meet! He and Levon Helm are having a great jam session in heaven!

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    Ramona Caldwell » 03. Feb, 2015

    It is hard to loose someone who gave us so much to Remember.
    Thoughts to Family!

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    Name » 03. Feb, 2015

    A Fayetteville icon. Herm-my-Tuck. Thanks for the memories. Vernon Tarver

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    "Chocise" » 03. Feb, 2015

    Herman treated me like a second son and I have always love him for that. For all his stories and jokes, I think it was when he’d sneak out and join us behind the Rib House for a game of ping pong that I enjoyed the most. God rest ya Herm!

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    Douglas Haase » 03. Feb, 2015

    Herman is a Legend!!! He will be missed and loved eternally!! Prayers and thoughts with the Family!!

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    Valerie Lauerman » 03. Feb, 2015

    Herman III, so sorry to hear the news. He sounds like he was a wonderful man with a full life. My thoughts are with you.

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    RON HARRISON » 03. Feb, 2015

    FRIENDS AND PATRONS OF HERMAN…LAST VISITED WITH HIM AT THE WALMART ON JOYCE STREET. BETTY BANKS AND I WERE HAVING A CUP IN THE McD’s IN THE BACK OF THE STORE WHEN HE ROUNDED THE CORNER…CAME OVER…EXCHANGED A FEW CHOICE HERMAN GREETINGS AND SAT FOR AN HOUR WHILE IRENE RODE AROUND IN A CART DOING THE SHOPPING. HE NEVER LOST HIS HUMOR…TELLING STORIES, SOME WE REMEMBERED, OTHERS TOO MANY TO COUNT. IF YOU COMPLIMENTED HIS FOOD AT THE COUNTER PAYING OUT..A COMMON RESPONSE ( WGAS ) ! IF YOU ATE THERE…YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS..WAIT STAFF KNEW THIS CHARACTER..WITH HIS SHOCK VALUE..WATCHING NON-REGULARS BEING SHOCKED AT HIS UTTERING’S AND SHENANIGAN’S … ENTERTAINING ALL THE WAY OUT THE DOOR. ( RIP )

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    Barbara Mashburn » 03. Feb, 2015

    I loved Herman and Irene. Herman played drums in the first jazz band, The Dixie Cats, I ever sang with and I was sixteen years old. Irene and all the other wives would sit with me off stage until it was time for me to sing. When I came back home in 1979, I went to Herman’s and he took me over to his juke box and pushed a button. I said, “That’s me”! In his gruff voice he said, “Who the hell did you think it was”? They were wonderful people and icons in the community. Most of that era is gone now but they are never forgotten. God rest your soul, Herman. You are with Irene again❤️Peace and love to you Cyndy

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    Marc Reif » 03. Feb, 2015

    Sorry for your loss. He made Fayetteville a better place!

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    Martha Agee » 03. Feb, 2015

    Herman and Irene touched many lives with friendship, music, and in many other ways. It was always a pleasure to see them at Herman’s, their anniversary party, and elsewhere. When our children were young, they wanted to eat at Herman’s and watch the fish and other creatures in the aquarium. When my husband ate lunch at Herman’s in later years, Herman would tell him and some other people to sit at the bar and he would grill some vegetables to help all of them eat healthier along with him. He always looked happy when he was telling stories and heading out to play tennis.
    My sincere sympathy to all the family.

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    Tiffany Gibson-Chapman » 03. Feb, 2015

    Truly a legend in NWA! One of the funniest, most charming men I’ve ever met. So many treasured memories of bellying up to the bar at Herman’s as a child and watching him cook with his “I’m Herman” shirt on, to drinking my first beer there the night I turned 21 in college, and lots and lot of fun game days! My all time favorite. Still is. I know Herman will be sorely missed.

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    Allen Carney » 04. Feb, 2015

    Prayers of Love and Strength go out to you and your family, Cindy. Your Dad was certainly an icon in the community. And as a teenage boy he gave me “that look” when I was around you!

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    Scott Morgan » 04. Feb, 2015

    One of best memories of college years in late 70′s and early 80′s is watching Herman at grill with that great shirt serving great food to grateful kids. A central part of the college experience in Fayetteville.

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    Linda Finklang » 04. Feb, 2015

    After reading the obituary, I can see that your father had a great fun-filled life. His generation knew the importance of hard work and family ties. He was an awesome man and sharing his life with others keeps his memory alive. My condolences to your family.

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    Karen McDonald » 04. Feb, 2015

    sending love and prayers from The Lewis family.

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    John Womack » 04. Feb, 2015

    So many fond memories of Irene and Herman and friends and family at Herman’s Rib House. Irene and Herman were such good people! True icons of Northwest Arkansas. My deepest condolences to the family.

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    Holt McConnell » 04. Feb, 2015

    Herman was loved by us all. My wife is Joe Bihn’s daughter. Between Joe and Herman, those two old men taught my two young children how to cuss and how to be discrete about what they passed on to their mother.

    We all loved Herman very much and still miss our Saturday morning old man breakfasts.

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    Susan Williams Carney » 04. Feb, 2015

    To Cyndy and Dubber, just know that Herman touched the lives of too many to recount. As the lovely and lively obit states…”An era has ended and a legend has passed!” This is so true! I spent many hours as a young person in your home and always have great memories of the family and the food. Herman’s Ribhouse was a constant; I have never had a better ham and cheese omelet than one cooked by Herman. In the last many years, I frequently saw Herman at Fayetteville “firsts” memorials. He did not pick and choose, he was paying his respects to past friends and acquaintances. It is now our time to do just that for your sweet Daddy! Know that Allen and I are thinking of you; it is never easy to let a parent “go.” I feel sure Irene will eagerly be awaiting…We love you

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    George/Mimi Rose » 04. Feb, 2015

    many wonderful childhood memories growing up in Fayetteville. After we moved away, George and I always made Herman’s one of our first stops for beer and ribs and of course talks with the Tuck clan. Love to Cyndy and Dubber.

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    Nancy Ward (Ervin) » 04. Feb, 2015

    Herman will be greatly missed. I have some very fond memories of him. He was an icon of the community. I met him not too long after moving here as a newlywed in 1973. He loved to call me “Red” and from him I never minded the nickname. Blessings to all the family left behind.

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    Pam Stiles Delaney » 04. Feb, 2015

    Cindy and Dubber, we all know we will lose our parents some day, but the reality of is so darn hard. May wonderful memories sustain you. I lost my Mom almost a year ago and still miss her every day. Prayers for for your family!

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    Carrie Beal » 05. Feb, 2015

    Herman will be remembered & missed by so many! He was such a Fayetteville Icon & one of a kind man! I feel honored just to have known him! Never could get him to share his garlic chicken recipe with me! Rest in Peace, Herman. My sympathies to the family.

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    Orville Clift » 05. Feb, 2015

    I knew Herman from his “Herman’s Rib House” days. I attended the U of A before I started traveling with the McClellan brothers group, “The Emcees”. After we left the road, Herman would show up at our “Jams” and he and his wife were always happy to see us, as we were them. A fine fellow and we’ll all miss him.

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    Danny and Chris Turner » 05. Feb, 2015

    There are no words really to express so much. Sending thoughts and prayers and special thanks for touching our lives in so many special ways. Much love to you, Forever in our hearts, Danny and Chris

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    Sarah Stafford Farnet » 10. Feb, 2015

    Over the years my family dined at Hermans often. Many fine memories. I was able to reconnect t with Herman several years ago as I would walk my kids to and from class. He was as kind then as I remember him in my early days of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved him. Be patient with yourself during this time as you heal your yourself.

    Take Care,
    Sarah

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    Jeff Crow » 12. Feb, 2015

    God bless and keep you. Thanks for all of the great times you gave me, my family and my friends!

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    Eric Hensley » 16. Jul, 2015

    I wish to offer belated condolences. I’ve only just learned of Herman’s passing today. I was a tenant of Herman’s for several years, living next door on Mission Blvd. We spent many hours chatting over the fence and I was entertained by many hair-raising tales of his life and experiences. Though I moved on, I always have reflected and have fond memories of the kindness and privilege I enjoyed in knowing Herman and Irene Tuck.

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    Craig Allen. » 16. Sep, 2015

    I just discovered my friends passing. I’m at a lose for words to describe this wonderful exciting man. He took me under his wing 30 plus years ago. Taught me things I will never forget. A true gentleman and mentor. Bigger than life. Funny and gentle. Tough and true. And he loved almost everyone. And those that ever crossed his path were better for it. I know. He changed my life. Herman was a character. And we always remember his humor and boldness. But more importantly we respected him. He deserved it. He received it. I was the youngest of the tulsa family he so loved. Herman Tuck lives in my heart.
    I miss you my friend. Rest now. Thank you for being you.