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Tree museum name proposed to honor Tucker

Monday, November 27, 2006

Family's proposal

The children of former Storm Lake Mayor Wilbur Tucker are proposing that the name of the Living Heritage Tree Museum be changed to honor Tucker's memory.

Kim Tucker Dale, a summer resident of Bel Air Beach, and her brothers Mike and Dale Tucker have written to each member of the city council requesting consideration.

Wilbur Tucker founded the volunteer committee that raised the funds for and created the tree museum, which was then presented as a gift to the Storm Lake community. He passed away in 2005 after an extended battle with cancer.

"This year my immediate family enjoyed spending our summer in Storm Lake. I believe as did our dad, that the parks of Storm Lake are a large part of what makes the community unique and set apart from other towns," Kim said. "The Living Heritage Tree Museum is a unique, one of a kind place, that should remain important to the city, especially as more people come to vacation in the City Beautiful.

"I am (asking) that you think back on my father's vision of this unique tree park and his years of dedicated service to the community he loved."

The family would like to have "Tucker" added to the existing name of the tree museum. This would not affect the name of Sunset Park where the museum is located.

Memorial funds donated to the family would be offered to change the sign, which the family would erect.

The family is also volunteering time to spruce up the museum by planting flowers and replacing broken identification plaques or lights without cost to the city.

"It would be wonderful to reinstate the Beautification Park Day that Dad

did during his terms. Dad believed when local citizens volunteered their time and talents, that this created great community pride," Kim said. "I would like to try and gather some citizens this summer to do something like this.

City officials said they would take the issue under consideration. It has not yet been scheduled for discussion in a city council meeting.

Currently, the only park sites named for individuals are Frank Starr Park, named for a longtime Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer, and Oscar Baumann Park, a small area in west Storm Lake that was provided by a civic club to honor a well-known fundraiser for community causes.

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