Samuel J. Stucky

Samuel Jay Stucky, age 71, of Tecumseh, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024, surrounded by his family. Born May 26, 1952, in Hudson, he was the youngest son of the late Charles and Catherine (Hirzel) Stucky. When Sam first spied Theresa Lynn Shelle, a feisty freshman at a high school assembly, his life was forever changed. The high school sweethearts were united in marriage on December 30, 1972, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson. Theresa was the cornerstone upon which Sam built his life. Together, they raised five children and enjoyed over 51 years as husband and wife. He was a devoted father, giving his children unconditional love and support throughout their lives.

He graduated from Hudson High School Class of 1970 and was a proud member of the Hudson Tigers football team. Sam played tackle during the record setting 72-game winning streak and was awarded Most Valuable Player by his teammates his senior year. He went on to play football at Adrian College before transferring to Michigan State University where he obtained his BA, followed by a MA from Central Michigan University. During this time, he also proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He went on to work as a safety and security engineer for Ford Motor Company. Sam was also a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish in Tecumseh.

Sam was a proud American who loved his country, honored his fellow servicemen, and was fascinated by the Civil War. He loved his Swiss heritage, the land of his ancestors, homemade Zupfe bread, and Swiss cheese. He never met a stranger, opening his heart and home to everyone he met. He was known for his big hugs. His family will remember him in his Spartan gear, a book in one hand and a beer in the other. Above all else, Sam was dedicated to his family and especially treasured the time spent with his grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the VA, Visiting Angels, and Elara Caring for their services, humbly acknowledging they could not have kept Sam in the comfort of his home without their dedicated assistance.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Theresa, are five children, Sara (Russ) Sayner of Massillon, Ohio, Zachary (Jessica) Stucky of Grand Haven, Mich., Jacob (Jim) Stucky of Seattle, Wash., Mary Catherine (Kellen) Kiley of Norton Shores, Mich., and Hanna (Benjamin) Nix of Adrian, Mich.; a brother, Daniel Stucky of New Baltimore, Mich.; nine grandchildren, Will, Ben, Alex, Lydia, Lauren, Maralynn, Grant, Gavin, and Reed; and one grandchild on the way. He will be missed by many, including numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Jr., Arnold, and David.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, Jan. 19, from 3-7 p.m. at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh. A memorial service for Sam will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Dan Wheeler officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Underwood Orr Post 34 of Tecumseh.  Inurnment will take place at a later date in Lake Twp. Cemetery, Ohio.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Sam can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Tecumseh.


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