George Henry Tucker III was born on May 15, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan and went home to be with the Lord on August 24, 2023, at the age of 78 at his residence in Palm Desert, California. George is preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Annie, who passed away on July 10 of this year.
George grew up in the Detroit area and went on to study business administration at the University of Michigan, earning both a Bachelor’s degree in 1967 and an MBA in 1968. As an undergraduate, George trained in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and ultimately served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. Also at that time, George met his future wife Ann while working in the undergraduate library in 1966.
After George earned his MBA, George and Ann were married on August 17, 1968, in Lapeer, Michigan. Together, they moved to Indiana in 1968, where George served at the U.S. Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison. During his service, George played a key role in the implementation of updated payroll systems for the U.S. Army. As part of this important effort, George was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1970 for professional competence, exceptional ability, and devotion to duty. In 1970, George and Ann moved to Cleveland and George began his professional career with Ernst & Ernst.
George served his entire career with the firm even while the firm itself evolved (becoming Ernst & Whinney in 1979 and then Ernst & Young in 1989). George became a partner of the firm in 1981. During his career, George worked in both the Cleveland and Los Angeles offices. George earned a reputation as an expert in the development and application of technology-based auditing practices and standards. As one noteworthy example, George served as chairman of the industry task force that developed auditing standards pertaining to IT systems (“SAS 94”) which were adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in 2001. At the pinnacle of his professional career, George served as technical advisor to both the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).
After retirement, George and Ann returned to California in 2007, where they enjoyed homes in Lake Arrowhead and Palm Desert. These homes were the location of many family gatherings through the years. The entire family was blessed to be able to gather together for holidays, school holidays, summer vacations, birthdays, and many other fun and loving occasions.
During these retirement years, George found many ways to serve others. As an extension of the opportunities with the IAASB, George and Ann traveled the world together, visiting not only places in the United States and Canada, but also many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. At home, George assumed leadership roles in the Arrowhead homeowner's association, Lake Arrowhead Country Club, and the Arrowhead Arts Association. He was actively engaged in the Christian community at both homes, building deep and lasting friendships at Twin Peaks Community Church and Friendship Church. George enjoyed golfing, going to the theater, spending time with his beloved Ann, and connecting with his children and grandchildren.
George is survived by his three children and their spouses, Jennifer Tucker Mottes (and husband Alan), Robert Tucker (and wife Krista), and Katherine Steinkraus (and husband Jeff). He leaves behind seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Scolinos (and husband Michael), Joshua Tucker, Caleb Tucker, Luke Tucker, Kara Steinkraus, Molly Steinkraus, and Gage Mottes. He also leaves behind sister Jane Atzinger and her husband Al, sister Judith Schatz, brother James Tucker, and brother-in-law Benjamin Blissett and his wife Margie, along with a host of other family and friends whom he loved and cared for deeply.
George is preceded in death by his wife Ann, parents George Jr. and Luella Tucker, mother-in-law and father-in-law Helen and Floyd Greanya, brother-in-law Robert Blissett, brother-in-law Harry Schatz, and sister-in-law Diane Blissett.
A service to honor his life is being planned for October 2023. Details and location will be announced.
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