Funeral Details

Steven Ray Tucker "Tuck"

December 5, 1949 - May 10, 2024


Date and Time

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 12:30 PM


Memorial Park Cemetery
9900 Gross Point Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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By Family


The Powell Residence
1580 Sherman Avenue, Unit 904
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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Following the interment until 9PM

Memorial Contributions

Steven Tucker Memorial Scholarship
Illinois Hustle
c/o Heather Glaser
200 North Plum Grove Road
Palatine, IL 60067

The primary mission statement of Illinois Hustle is to develop strong, confident women of excellence through the continued advancement of basketball fundamentals with a focus on character and sportsmanship while competing with relentless tenacity at the highest level possible. Steve "Tuck" Tucker was a pioneer, friend to, and supporter of the Illinois Hustle. To honor his legacy and his advocacy for girls' and women's sports, donations to the Illinois Hustle will be directed to the Steven Ray Tucker Memorial Fund which will scholarship deserving players on the Illinois Hustle. Checks can be written to the Illinois Hustle. Donations are non-tax deductible.


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Steven Ray Tucker (Tuck), 74.
Beloved brother of Shelley Powell (Karl Sward) and Lori (Steven) Friedman. Loving uncle of Aaron Powell (Christine Dierickx), Matthew (Alexandra) Friedman, Lewis Powell, and Julie (Gabriel) Marcus.  Loved great uncle of Henry, Quinn, Lila, and Maxwell. Dear cousin of Susan (David) Frankel, Karen Holtzman (the late Tom Gardon), and Daniel (Arlene) Holtzman. Steven was preceded in death by his adored parents, Deborah and Norman Tucker, his dear aunt and uncle, Deanna and David Holtzman, his treasured brother-in-law  Barry Powell, and cherished family friend Linnie Morgan. Valued friend to many. Former sportswriter/editor at The Chicago Sun Times. Service will take place Wednesday, May 15, 12:30 graveside at Memorial Park, 9900 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois. Shiva following service. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Steve was my #1 fan! I loved waving to him in the audience in my concerts and sharing music with him. I also loved finding out our family connections! Such a small world—we are some type of cousins!

Eliana Silverman
May 12, 2024
Steve Tucker was a pioneer in girls and women's sports as he fought to make sure they got the recognition and respect that they deserved, especially with Basketball. This year reflected the fruition and intensity of his endless hours and devotion to the girls and their sport. Anybody who has been involved in the development girls and women's basketball in the last 50 years knows Steve was a giant in the media.

Mike&Tina Small
May 13, 2024
Tuck was always a part of our family and always made every experience better just by being there. Some of my favorite memories include Tuck and our many basketball experiences over the years. I remember one tournament where my dad was not there and Tuck promised him that he would take care of me and my friend the entire trip. While on the way to one game we were looking for a Subway for lunch and couldn't find anything anywhere. It was getting close to game time and we told Tuck that we would just eat later and he said "no, I promised your dad that I would take good care of you". And that he always did. No matter where I was, or what was going on, I knew I could count on Tuck 100% and that he would always be there for me, supporting me, cheering me on, and always in my corner. Tuck was a remarkable man who taught me so much, and I am so thankful to have been blessed to have gotten to know him so well over the years.

Sarah McNicholas
May 15, 2024
To the family of Steve Tucker
When we think of Steve we will always remember him as a gentle giant
A kind sweet man who always had a smile on his face and was always so friendly
Our wish is that Lori and Shelley know that Steve is at peace now
His memories will keep him with you forever
Our sincere condolences to the whole family of Steven ray Tucker or better known by his friends as tuck
Ricki and Stan ring

Ricki Ring
May 15, 2024
Steve and I were great friends thru basketball. I stayed with him when in town,and went to women's basketball games. He was a great, intelligent friend. He visited with me on his way to Vermont to see friends. I feel terrible at his loss. A great person!!

Michael Gallivan
May 17, 2024