HM2 Bailey J. Tucker

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December 22, 1999 - September 3, 2021
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Shalimar, FL

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Bailey J. Tucker, a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class in the United States Navy died unexpectedly at the age of 21 as one of five crewmembers in a helicopter crash off the shore of San Diego on 31 AUG 2021.  Search and rescue commenced for three days with death being pronounced on 3 SEP 2021.

Bailey is survived by his parents, Jay and Jill Culpepper, his sisters Abigail, Olivia, and Josephine Culpepper, his grandparents Del and Mary Tucker, grandparents Joseph and Mary-Beth Culpepper, uncle, Chris (Jennifer) Tucker, and cousins Dax, Isaiah, and Eli.

Bailey was born in Saint Louis, MO on December 22nd, 1999.  He graduated high school at Parkway North High School in Maryland Heights, MO in 2018.  He moved with his parents to Florida in early 2019, and spent time working and deciding where to put his talents.  He made the decision to serve in a capacity larger than himself, and decided to pursue a career in the United States Navy.  Upon graduation from basic training, Bailey continued through Medical Corpsman Advanced Technical Field Training and continued into the Search and Rescue Tech Medical Pipeline.

Bailey was a devoted son, brother, grandson, and nephew.  He enjoyed wrestling, swimming, art, and making people laugh.  He was also a thinker who continued to strive towards greatness.  Bailey walked his own path and molded the lessons and values instilled to him, making them his own.  It was impressive to watch him grow and excel in his new endeavors of the USN.  Though Bailey's time was cut short, he will forever have a tremendous impact on those fortunate enough to have known him.  It is with great pride we celebrate our Son's life, and he will be forever missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bailey's name to the Families of the Navy Helicopter Crash, 31Aug2021.

Baue Funeral Homes is currently following CDC recommendations regarding mask and social distancing policies.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Gwen Janitch October 25, 2021 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    candle 5Bailey Tucker, an exceptional young man, was loved by all who knew him. He will be missed. We love you Bailey.

  2. Karen and Kevin October 25, 2021 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    He fought a good fight
    He will be missed 💓

  3. Ava Pollard October 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    candle 2Olivia has always told me how much she loved her brother. She really looked up to him and he left an amazing impact on her. He seemed like a great older brother and son. My best wishes go out to his family.

  4. Kelly Hodge October 25, 2021 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    So incredibly sorry for the loss of Bailey. Love you all and I pray for healing in the days to come.

  5. Ben Weber October 25, 2021 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I did not have the privilege of knowing Bailey, but I admire him greatly and give thanks for his dedicated service. My heartfelt condolences to his family. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Bailey Tucker is a Great American.

  6. Barbara Courte October 25, 2021 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    candle 1With my deepest sympathy.

  7. Ellen Keao October 25, 2021 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    candle 1My deepest sympathy.

  8. Julia J October 26, 2021 at 1:28 am - Reply

    candle 4Knew Bailey a little bit in high school, he used to send me all of his favorite songs. I still have the playlist he gave me and he introduced me to one of my favorite bands still to this day. You’ll be missed Bailey.

  9. Mia Harris October 26, 2021 at 6:45 am - Reply

    candle 8I’ll miss you forever Bailey, & you will always have such a special place in my heart. Thank you for teaching me some of the things you did just by me watching you grow into such a strong, kind, & caring man. Love you always.

  10. Dan Delaney October 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    candle 6Thoughts and prayers for you and your family Jay and Jill. To Bailey . . . “may you have fair winds and following seas”.

  11. Manion Jo October 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    candle 2Bailey, you traveled a long, sometime difficult, road in your young life that led you to what you wanted to be. I honor you. Aunt Jo

  12. J Whittam October 26, 2021 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Will miss those opportunities to encourage Bailey’s artistic endeavors. He had a great talent.

  13. Brett Beckler October 27, 2021 at 5:11 am - Reply

    candle 7So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Christine wheeler October 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    candle 7Bailey we love you so much.

  15. Karen Weeke October 27, 2021 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    candle 3To Baileys family I didnt know Bailey personally but I know he was a fine young man because he choose to serve our country by being in the US NAVY. Unfortunately he was taken way to soon due to a unfortunate accident that took his life and the lives of 5 fellow shipmates. May Bailey always be remembered for the person he was to those who knew him. I will always remember Bailey because he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country and that can never be forgotten. May God be with your parents, family, friends and fellow shipmates during this difficult time in your lives. May God put his loving hands on you to guide and comfort you.

    • Paula Joan Herod October 27, 2021 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      candle 8Very well said, he heart goes out to all

  16. Karen Weeke October 27, 2021 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    candle 3I did not know Bailey personally but I do know he was a fine young man . I know this because he choose to join the US Navy. Unfortunately Bailey was taken way too soon to a unfortunate accident that took his life and the lives of 4 other shipmates. Bailey gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country and that can never be forgotten. May God be with your family, friends, and your shipmates during this difficult time.

  17. Pam Wallace October 28, 2021 at 7:05 am - Reply

    candle 8Condolences to you Jay, Jill and the entire family. Our prayers are with you.

  18. Barb Dobbert October 28, 2021 at 11:14 am - Reply

    candle 7Our world is a better place because of Bailey.
    What an AMAZING young man!! My heart is with him always…
    I am so fortunate to have known him when he attended PNHS and I am so very thankful for his friendship with my son, Nick. He was a true friend to his high school buddies!
    Baily also gave me strength, hope, and shared memories after Nick’s death.
    I hope the two of you find peace…
    You are missed

  19. Tina Noennig October 28, 2021 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    candle 7Jay, I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  20. Valerie Dublo October 28, 2021 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    candle 7Jay…my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the support of your family and friends and your faith in the Lord provide comfort and strength to you in this very tragic and difficult time in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He is a hero.

  21. Delbert Tucker October 29, 2021 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    candle 7Bailey , A special grandson who loved what he was doing ,you will be sorely missed and loved by all i miss you and love you

  22. Micky White October 29, 2021 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    candle 3As a child of a Navy father, I am sending my deepest sympathy. Praying for all the family members during the time of grieving.

  23. Odom family October 30, 2021 at 7:58 am - Reply

    candle 8We are grieving as a nation, as another young soldier has been brought home to his final rest.
    God bless those who love Bailey as a friend and family member, and also those who feel this tremendous loss of our American heroes.
    So very sorry for our loss.

  24. Al & Kippy DiRie October 30, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Bailey, what a sweet legacy you have left in your short life. My condolences on the loss of your son, brother, grandson, friend and colleague. Unbelievable how much he looks like his mama. Thank you Bailey for serving our country. With love — Al & Kippy DiRie

  25. Debra Guy October 30, 2021 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    candle 8My condolences to the family of Bailey Tucker. You gave the ultimate sacrifice to your country and for that we are grateful. From a fellow service member, Air Force Vet, God Speed Sailor. May you rest in peace.

  26. Paul Mills November 9, 2021 at 2:31 am - Reply

    candle 7Bailey, Thank you for your service to this country! You are among a small percentage of people who choose to serve our Country. My heart felt sympathy for his parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He made all your lives better.

    From a family of many veterans that have served this country since the French and Indian wars.

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