Richard "Dick" Tanner

November 23, 1941 ‒ February 26, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Richard “Dick” Tanner, 72, of rural Galion, passed away Wednesday evening February 26, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and friends after a nine month courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 23, 1941 in Masontown, West Virginia and was the son of Emerson Earl and Isabelle Marie (Smith) Tanner. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Valeda (Awbrey) Tanner whom he married on September 6, 1975.

Richard attended the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Galion. He loved spending time with his children and their families, playing poker, hunting and camping with his family. He always looked forward to the Tanner 4th of July parties and his and Valeda’s house was always known as the gathering place, Richard loved all the company. He and his father Emerson owned and operated Tanner Welding Services for many years; he also worked as a supervisor at several manufacturers in Galion and served as Vice president of the former ENFAB in Iberia until his retirement.

In addition to his wife Valeda, he is survived by daughters Virginia Witwer and friend Dennis Perkey of Galion, Khristie (Herbert) Cox of Galion; sons Richard (Jewel) Tanner of Wellsville, KS, Ronald Tanner of Lexington, SC, Keith (Samantha) Tanner of Taylorsville, KY, Michael Awbrey of Muncie, IN, Kevin (Terri) Tanner of Dublin, John Lee (Loretta) Bell of Shiner, TX, Kenneth (Angi) Tanner of Galion and Paul Bell of Galion; 30 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and sisters Dorothy Harmon of Galion and Linda (Jack) Plew of Galion and father-in-law Paul McDowell of Galion.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister Pat McMillen, grandson Jeremiah Tanner and two nieces.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 3 at the Apostolic Tabernacle, 301 2nd Avenue, Galion with Pastor Ron Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home.

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