Richard D.

Tackett, Sr.

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Richard D. Tackett, Sr.

May 07 1922 - Jul 28 2006

One of the last survivors of the "Greatest Generation" Mr. Richard D. Tackett, Sr., 84 of PIano, Texas, passed away July 28th. As a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army's legendary 41st Division, he helped write history in battles across the South Pacific in some of WWII's most difficult war zones including Biak Island, New Guinea and in the Philippines at Mindoro, Palawan and Mindanao. His efforts, coupled with those of millions of his comrades, won the freedoms that Americans enjoy today. Like many Americans who took the responsibility to defend America, Mr. Tackett left his bride, Mary Jean Rheubottom of Wakarusa, IN, and a promising football career at Indiana University, just days after their wedding to spend 28 months on deployment in the South Pacific. Upon his return, Mr. Tackett completed his education at Kalamazoo College and joined the Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Company where he spent his entire career, becoming a member of the Fishing Tackle Hall of Fame and President & CEO of the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Division. In retirement, Mr. Tackett enjoyed traveling with his family and consulting with his sons' business, Tackett Brothers, Inc., a sporting goods sales firm located in McKinney, TX. A family memorial service was held to celebrate his life. Mr. Tackett was a man of faith who demonstrated courage, compassion and integrity throughout his entire life. He would want to thank all those who showed him kindness. As husband, father and our inspiration, he will be with us every day. We will miss him deeply. Mr. Tackett is survived by his loving wife, Jean Tackett, PIano; children Richard Tackett, II of Allen, TX; Tamara Tackett Fey of McKinney, TX; James Tackett of Richardson, TX; and Andrew Tackett of Bentonville, AR; and 11 grandchildren.
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