James Russell Tanner

Male 1924 - 2012  (88 years)


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  • Name James Russell Tanner 
    Nickname Jim 
    Born 20 Aug 1924  Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Aug 2012  Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Aug 2012  Fort Sill National Cemetery - Elgin, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I996  Cody LeBlanc's Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2017 

    Father James Walton Tanner,   b. 28 Aug 1895, Indianola, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1963, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Lillian Rae LeBlanc,   b. 13 Feb 1900, Youngsville, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1971, Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1918  Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mazel Marie Leger,   b. 22 Dec 1931, Duson, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1997, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Children 
    +1. R.J. Tanner
     2. Myron Kelvin Tanner,   b. 29 Apr 1955, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1985, Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Betty Jean Dickey,   b. 29 Mar 1930, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 2014, Fort Sill, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    James Russell Tanner
    James Russell Tanner
    Obituary picture

    Documents
    Robert Lee Tanner, James Russell Tanner, Effie Mae Tanner visit mother Lillian LeBlanc Tanner for Christmas
    Robert Lee Tanner, James Russell Tanner, Effie Mae Tanner visit mother Lillian LeBlanc Tanner for Christmas
    Published in The Lafayette Advertiser on December 27, 1945
    Robert L. Tanner, James R. Tanner, and Effie M. Tanner visit mother Lillian LeBlanc Tanner
    Robert L. Tanner, James R. Tanner, and Effie M. Tanner visit mother Lillian LeBlanc Tanner
    Published in The Lafayette Daily Advertiser on December 27, 1945

    Headstones
    Headstone of James Russell Tanner
    Headstone of James Russell Tanner
    Fort Sill National Cemetery - Elgin, Oklahoma, USA

  • Notes 
    • Obituary:

      Graveside services for Jim Tanner, 88, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at Fort Sill National Cemetery, with Chaplain Leonard Reimer officiating and under the direction of Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home, Wichita Falls. Military honors rendered by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

      Jim, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went to be with his Lord on August 25, 2012, after a lengthy illness.

      Jim was born August 20, 1924 in Lafayette, La to Lillian LeBlanc and James Walton Tanner. He grew up in Lafayette. He served in the Marine Corps in Okinawa during World War II, and then received his AA degree from Sunflower Junior College in 1948. After joining the USAF, Jim earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1952 and MS in Education from the University of Indiana in 1961. Jim retired in 1968 from the Air Force where he had earned the rank of Major and served as a Squadron Commander. Jim continued to serve his country through the Civil Service as a Guidance and Education Counselor at Brooks AFB and Fort Sill, where he retired in 1991. Jim was an active member and past-president of the Elks Lodge in Lawton. Jim enjoyed sports of all kinds, but especially loved football and saltwater fishing and crabbing. Jim will always be remembered for making the best seafood gumbo, outspoken conversation, genuine friendship particularly with his neighbors, Randy and Karen Palmer, and great devotion to his wife and family.

      He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (B.J.) Tanner, of Lawton; his son, Rusty Tanner and wife, Mickey, of Bridgeport, Tx; his stepson, Scott Huttenhauer and wife, Sue, of Kirkland, Wa; two stepdaughters, Sandy Fazzino of San Antonio, Tx and Kathy Henderson and husband, Bill, of Silsbee, Tx; and his sister, Effie Logan of Lafayette, La. He is also survived by five granddaughters: Rachel Cereceros and husband, Emanuel; Jessica Eschen and husband, Alex; Laura Huttenhauer; Kelly Fazzino; Ellen Byars and husband, Brady; and one great-granddaughter, Madeline.

      Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Myron Tanner; and his brother, Bob Tanner.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Operation Homefront.