Huey P "Tucker" Bertrand, 74, passed away Tuesday, March 21, at 8:45 a.m. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in DeQuincy.
Mr. Bertrand was born February 10, 1932 and raised in the Perkins Settlement and resided in DeQuincy for most of his life. He was employed by Cities Service for 25 years. He was a member of the DeQuincy Masonic Lodge #279.
Mr. Bertrand displayed his patriotism by serving his country in the United States Air Force for five years during the Korean Conflict. He continued by being actively involved in the political elections for many state, parish and local officials over a thirty year period.
Mr. Bertrand is survived by his wife Sammie Nell (Biven) Bertrand; his two children, Kirk Bertrand and his wife Connie of DeQuincy and Viki Dale Flessner and her husband Dave of Overland Park, Kansas, and Karen Collet who was like a daughter to him; five grandchildren, Brandy Bertrand, Mandy "Chris" Klingonsmith and husband Levi, Jackie Bertrand, Allie and Noah Flessner; and one great-grandchild, Keely Bertrand. He is also survived by two brothers, Shirley Bertrand and D.L. Bertrand and his sisters, Isabelle Fotenos and Nettie Sue Walker, as well as many nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Ludie Bertrand and siblings, Dr. Alvin Bertrand, Sherman Bertrand, J.W. Bertrand, Jr. and Gene Bertrand.
The family thanks the staff of Cornerstone Rehabilitation Center for their kindness and care extended to Tucker and his family. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Kevin Schlamp, Dr. Maureen Lannan and Dr. Chin for the compassion shown to Mr. Bertrand and his family.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Hixson-Snider Funeral Home in DeQuincy. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in DeQuincy. Visitation will be today from 2-10 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until service time in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.