Robert I. “Bob” Tanner Jr.

November 02, 1950 ‒ July 12, 2016

Sunbury, Ohio

Robert  I. “Bob” Tanner Jr., age 65 of Sunbury, passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday July 12, 2016 evening at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on November 2, 1950 in Staten Island, NY to the late Robert I. Sr. and Janet (Evans) Tanner.  He was a Vietnam US Army Veteran and a graduate of Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He had lived in the Sunbury area since 2004 coming from Columbus.

Bob enjoyed watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. He was known as Mr. Fix It and in Grandpa’s workshop he could take anything not working apart and put it back together and it would work. Bob was most proud of his sons and treasured time spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife: Nancy (Friddle) Tanner: sons: Joseph Robert  (Carolina) Tanner of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, James Nelson (Juanita) Tanner of Columbus, Jeffrey Michael (Kathleen)  Tanner of Columbus; 7 grandchildren; brothers: William (Patricia) of Westerville, Richard (Gina) of Danville, PA; sisters: Dorothy (Ed) Mete of Naples, FL, Suzanne (Michael) Wade of Middletown: many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Chapel in Resurrection Cemetery. Inurnment will be in the Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the charity of donor’s choice.

A special thanks to the nurses and staff at the James Cancer Center on the 17th and 20th floors.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve this veteran’s family and condolences may be expressed at


  • Nancy,
    I’m so sorry to hear this news. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs to you.

    Marilyn Lane

  • Dear Nancy, Billy, Joey, Jeff , Jim and all of the Tanner family- please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Bobby was a dear friend and best man in our wedding way back in 1972.

  • Dear Nancy
    So sorry to hear of Bobs passing.
    So glad we were all happily together at Elizabeth and Eric’s wedding.
    Jackie & Butch Bellantoni

  • I want to express my condolences to all the Tanner family. I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take Care

    David Evans

  • My sympathy for our loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Beth King (Martha’s daughter)

  • Nancy,
    I just happened to look at the Dispatch today and saw Bob’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking about you and your Mom a lot recently. I will be in contact. You and your family are in my prayers.
    With Love and deepest Sympathy,

    Dorie and Gary Kunz

  • God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU for your service in The Vietnam War,serving in The U.S. Army………………. And Semper Fi.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m a friend of Bill’s, bob’s brother and wanted to express to the family our prayers. We are asking God to comfort and bring
    peace and hope.

    Tim & Jan Waggoner

  • Tanner Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. May happy memories be a comfort during your time of loss.

    Al Bell family