On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, Daniel “Danny” Eugene Gucker, surrounded by family, lost his hard-fought battle with cancer at the Ada F. Addington Hospice at Rush University Hospital, Chicago, Ill. He was 62.
Danny is survived by siblings, James (Ann) Gucker, McCutchenville; Deborah (Tom) Rossi, Franklin, Tenn.; Susan Tobias, Powell; Garth (Sheila) Gucker, Seville; and Hans (Enessa) Gucker, Westerville; uncle, Dave “Bizzie” Bismark Schneider, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; aunt, Virginia “Ginny” Schneider, Groveport; mother, Judy (Price) Gucker, McCutchenville; nieces and nephews, Grant and Elise Gucker, Chase Ferguson, Molly, Jack and Mitchell Rossi, Sophia and Matthew Tobias, Max, Brett, Brooke and Clay Gucker; brother-in-law, Tim (Paula) Buckalew, Lima; sisters-in-law, Beth (Rod) Richardson, Ft. Myers, Fla.; and Lisa (Jeff) Huston, Lancaster; and many Buckalew nieces and nephews. His beloved kitty Aggie happily has a new home in Lancaster with Lisa and Jeff.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy (Schneider) Gucker; his husband, Bob Buckalew of Lancaster; and his father, Robert E. Gucker of McCutchenville.
Danny was born in Zanesville, on May 26, 1960. He graduated from Mohawk High School in 1978. He kept in close touch with many high school friends.
He went on to attend the Ohio State University where he studied computer science. Living in the Stadium Scholarship Dorm greatly influenced his love for Buckeye football. He loyally traveled to every Stadium Dorm Alumni Society reunion. His OSU alumni friends have chosen to make donations to the Stadium Alumni Scholarship Fund in his honor.
Opportunity eventually brought Danny to Chicago, Ill., in 1982 where he devoted over 35 years at Taylor Made Software, Inc. as a senior software developer. He mentored colleagues who became friends and worked for a company that became his Chicago family.
Danny was loving and lovable from day one. His warm inviting smile, calm demeanor and infectious laugh always brightened the day. He was a blessing to so many people, especially his family. He was thrilled to support his nephew, who played Buckeye football these last six years. Danny traveled all over the country getting to as many games as he could.
Danny took great pride in sharing his love for downtown Chicago with family and friends who were always encouraged to visit his home in the iconic Marina City Towers. He especially loved concerts at Millennium park and special events at Navy Pier. His love for nature was evident in his award-winning balcony garden and his appreciation for the black-crowned night herons who nest around the city.
As he requested, his cremains will be interred at Zanesville Memorial Park in the Schneider family plot. A private family memorial service will be planned at a later date.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Ohio State University Stadium Alumni Scholarship Fund at https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/project/35401.