John T. Stucky, Age 78 of White Bear Lake. Born in Lewistown MT on August 17, 1938 and passed away April 29, 2017 at Prelude Memory Cottages in White Bear Lake, MN after suffering a stroke recently and Alzheimer’s several years.
Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Frances. Survived by wife, Gail of 54 years; daughter, Jennifer (Andy) Moore; son, Craig (Heather Zinn); grandchildren, Asher Moore and Amelia Stucky; sister, Creta (Robert) McGuire; brother in law, Warren (Darcy) Halpin; and many other loving relatives and friends.
John was employed by Shell Chemical Co., Conwed Plastics, and Carroll Communications/InTouch. He worked in seven states, Japan and other Asian countries. He served in the U.S. Army in the Chemical Corp in Alabama. He liked to help people and was loyal to his family and Faith.Prior to his major employment years, he received a B.S.ChE from NMSU, and Commissioned 2nd Lt. in the U.S .Army. (1961) In the middle of the Army experience he married Gail in Montana, (1962) but had courted her on the Colorado ski slopes. After the Army, next stop was U of NM in Albuquerque graduating with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Administration and a new baby girl in about the same week. (1966) Then the road trips across the U.S. began: Torrance , CA with Shell Chemical Co. in a Synthetic Rubber Plant and words like, styrene, Butadiene, Thermoplastic Elastomers were heard. Four months later, we headed east from LAX area to the Big Apple in a VW station wagon and aforementioned baby (and wife). We arrived in Bergen Co. NJ and lived in Palisades Park. John commuted across the GW Bridge to Manhattan – Midtown in the J.C. Penney Bldg., across from Rockefeller Ctr. There were lots of reports in Yellow Shell folders and then the plan for the company to relocate to Houston. John chose to not relocate there, but we were soon on the road again now 1970 and with a toddler son (1968) in the family. Going east to Chicago, a 6 month stop on way to MPLS/SP. John was in Sales for synthetic rubber and plastics for a division of Shell Chemical, then Shell Oil. Again corporate was to be in Houston, and he again chose not to move there. By then we were living in White Bear Lake, MN. He joined Conwed and worked for them for 20 years. Their product was a range of nettings, so the words were extruded and oriented nettings for industrial and agricultural applications. He enjoyed the diversity, sales, market research, manufacturing and international experience in Japan (1990) living there for 15 months). As well, he sold product in South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. Oh yes, another side trip in 1976 to North Carolina to manage a plant in High Point for eight years. We learned how to say ya’all and about ACC Basketball teams and met wonderful people there. By now, the daughter stayed there for college and the son came back to White Bear Lake as a Junior in high school. About a year after returning from Japan, Conwed’s focus had changed and his position was cut, thus he was part of the statistics of middle managers being let go.
In 1994, he did some consulting. He went to Tempe, AZ as Vice President in charge of manufacturing for A (3 cubed) TECHNOLOGIES, INC. The work was to produce a very thin and very strong sail material to be used in the American Cup sailing races in California 1995. He pulled together a small staff and in three months machining had been assembled and put into operation.
He did telemarketing for businesses several years.
Mostly he just worked, but did enjoy astronomy. During high school and college in Las Cruces, NM, he worked with Prof. Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. He loved fly fishing for trout especially In Montana with his brother in law. He skied, downhill and cross country, hiking club member 9 years, coin collecting, stamp collecting. Always a church member, was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He went on mission trips to Pine Ridge, SD with the Methodists, was a Befriender and an Usher. He was a Store to Door Volunteer for Cub. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at New Mexico State University.
John has been in Memory Care for nine months for Alzheimer’s and had continued to be helpful with residents there as pushing wheel chairs and clearing the tables, running the carpet sweeper and being concerned about others. As well, he retained his social skills of complementing pastors on their sermons and thanking Gail for all she did. His grandson and granddaughter brought on big smiles.
Celebration of Life Service 11 AM Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at WHITE BEAR LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1851 Birch St., WBL with visitation one hour before service at Church. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to White Bear Lake United Methodist Church or charity of donor’s choice