He was born Dec. 13, 1978, in Vigo County, the son of Daniel J. Tucker and Beth Ann Baker Tucker.
He was raised in Clay County and graduated from Northview High School, Class of 1997.
As a little boy, Josh knew he loved horses and was active in 4-H Horse and Pony Club. He was also a member of FFA. He participated in local rodeos through high school and following graduation, he made his way to Oklahoma to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla.
He majored in Farm and Ranch Management and equine science. While in college, Josh was on the Rodeo Team. Among the events he took part in was steer wrestling. He was a member of the International Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Josh was currently working as an equipment operator for Peabody Coal, Bear Run Mine.
Josh was a man who loved horses, family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He liked the simple pleasure of working with his horses in the evening alongside his dad and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his parents Dan and Beth Tucker, sister Ashleigh and Brian Baumgartner, niece, Marley Baumgartner, grandparents, Charlotte Baker, Jack and Susie Tucker, Carol Ann Francis, Richard Eugene Wells (Loretta Lavell), uncles and aunts, Brent and Tonya Baker, Joe Tucker, Steve Tucker, Jim and Tammy Tucker, Tony Tucker, and Mike Tucker; cousins Kade Baker, Cody Tucker (Amy), Brittany Tucker, Dakota, Brayden and Trey Tucker, and other extended family.
Josh was preceded in death by grandpa Winston "Dude" Baker, grandparents Roy and Ruth Francis, great-grandpa Ray Wells and uncle Von Slough.
Services will take place Monday at 11 a.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Rev. Ernie Rush officiating. Cremation will follow.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m., and again Monday prior to services.
Light a candle in his memory at www.lawson-millerchapel.com.