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Paul D. Tanner

Alexandria, Indiana

November 11, 1935 - June 6, 2024

Paul D. Tanner Obituary

ALEXANDRIA, IN – Paul D. Tanner, 88, passed away unexpectedly at Community Hospital in Anderson on Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Paul was born on November 11, 1935, in Anderson to Forrest “Bud” and Faye (Vermillion) Tanner and has lived here all his lifetime. He was the youngest of 4 children and the only son. He was a graduate of Alexandria High School-Class of 1953. He played tennis and baseball for the Alexandria Tigers. Before enlisting in the service, Paul worked as a funeral director intern for the Gipe, Williams and Kyle Funeral Home. This was a role he continued following his military time for 19 years. In January of 1954, Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he was honorably discharged in 1956 with the rank of Corporal.

As a young child, Paul was baptized in the Vermillion Christian Church. Later, he transferred his membership to the Alexandria First Christian Church where he served as Chairman of the Board, as a Trustee and chaired various other committees. Later, Paul attended the Alexandria First Baptist Church. Most recently, Paul and Vada attended the Fall Creek Christian Church in Pendleton.

Paul proudly supported his sons in their years of sports participation. With his son’s varied sport interests, Paul became an official with the Indiana High School Athletic Association, a role he devoted himself to for more than 40 years. Paul officiated 3 Indiana state football tournaments, facilitated numerous clinics, served as an IHSAA observer and was an encourager to other sports officials.

Paul worked at his father’s service station, Tanner Zingo south of Alexandria on State Road 9. He retired from Delco-Remy, formerly of Anderson, after 36 years of employment. The last 10 of those years he traveled for General Motors as a Quality Control Engineer. Paul married the love of his life, Vada Gayle Snapp on May 30, 1958, in the Alexandria First Christian Church. In 1970, Paul founded Tanner Fencing Company. He was also a substitute rural mail carried for 5 years. He was a member of the Frankton Masonic Lodge, Korean War Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans Association, IHSAA Officials Association and the Alexandria Wednesday Morning Men’s Coffee Cup Fellowship. Paul was a forthright man who walked among others in honesty and integrity.


Survivors:

Wife-Vada (Snapp) Tanner-married 66 years

2 Sons-Cris (Missy) Tanner, Brian Tanner

Granddaughter-Rachel Severn

Grandson-Brian Mitchell Tanner II

2 Great-Grandchildren-Savannah Severn and Cole Severn

Sister-Ruth Leakey

Several nieces and nephews


He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters-Mary Carson, Jane Wood and Betty Parks


Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1 pm on Friday, June 14, 2024, in the Marion National Cemetery, 1700 East 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953. Pastor Tom Wiles will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps and the Delaware County Honor Guard.

The Tanner family will receive friends on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 North Harrison Street, Alexandria, IN 46001 from 3 pm to 7:45 pm. The Frankton Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service at 7:45 pm in the funeral home to close the visitation hours.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fall Creek Christian Church, 1102 West 700 South, Pendleton, IN 46064.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Paul D. Tanner hosted by Owens Memorial Service.

ALEXANDRIA, IN – Paul D. Tanner, 88, passed away unexpectedly at Community Hospital in Anderson on Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Paul was born on November 11, 1935, in Anderson to Forrest “Bud” and Faye (Vermillion) Tanner and has lived here all his lifetime. He was the youngest of 4 children and the only son. He was a graduate of Alexandria High School-Class of 1953. He played tennis and baseball for the Alexandria Tigers. Before enlisting in the service, Paul worked as a funeral director intern for the Gipe, Williams and Kyle Funeral Home. This was a role he continued following his military time for 19 years. In January of 1954, Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and he was honorably discharged in 1956 with the rank of Corporal.

As a young child, Paul was baptized in the Vermillion Christian Church. Later, he transferred his membership to the Alexandria First Christian Church where he served as Chairman of the Board, as a Trustee and chaired various other committees. Later, Paul attended the Alexandria First Baptist Church. Most recently, Paul and Vada attended the Fall Creek Christian Church in Pendleton.

Paul proudly supported his sons in their years of sports participation. With his son’s varied sport interests, Paul became an official with the Indiana High School Athletic Association, a role he devoted himself to for more than 40 years. Paul officiated 3 Indiana state football tournaments, facilitated numerous clinics, served as an IHSAA observer and was an encourager to other sports officials.

Paul worked at his father’s service station, Tanner Zingo south of Alexandria on State Road 9. He retired from Delco-Remy, formerly of Anderson, after 36 years of employment. The last 10 of those years he traveled for General Motors as a Quality Control Engineer. Paul married the love of his life, Vada Gayle Snapp on May 30, 1958, in the Alexandria First Christian Church. In 1970, Paul founded Tanner Fencing Company. He was also a substitute rural mail carried for 5 years. He was a member of the Frankton Masonic Lodge, Korean War Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans Association, IHSAA Officials Association and the Alexandria Wednesday Morning Men’s Coffee Cup Fellowship. Paul was a forthright man who walked among others in honesty and integrity.


Survivors:

Wife-Vada (Snapp) Tanner-married 66 years

2 Sons-Cris (Missy) Tanner, Brian Tanner

Granddaughter-Rachel Severn

Grandson-Brian Mitchell Tanner II

2 Great-Grandchildren-Savannah Severn and Cole Severn

Sister-Ruth Leakey

Several nieces and nephews


He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters-Mary Carson, Jane Wood and Betty Parks


Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 1 pm on Friday, June 14, 2024, in the Marion National Cemetery, 1700 East 38th Street, Marion, IN 46953. Pastor Tom Wiles will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps and the Delaware County Honor Guard.

The Tanner family will receive friends on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 North Harrison Street, Alexandria, IN 46001 from 3 pm to 7:45 pm. The Frankton Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service at 7:45 pm in the funeral home to close the visitation hours.


Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fall Creek Christian Church, 1102 West 700 South, Pendleton, IN 46064.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Paul D. Tanner hosted by Owens Memorial Service.

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