Leonard Jon Tanner © Alva Review-Courier 11-03-2015 Submitted by: Glenn
Leonard Jon Tanner of Warsaw, Indiana, went to be with the Lord at 3:26 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw at the age of 98.
He attended school in Burlington, Oklahoma, and later became the co-owner of Burlington Hardware Store in the 1940s. After selling his share of the store, he purchased the Deluxe Motel in Alva, Oklahoma, in the1950s. He and his family operated the motel for 10 years while working part-time at the post office in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He served as Clerk, Assistant Postmaster, and then Postmaster for 12 years. Leonard was also postmaster in Carmen, Oklahoma, and retired on January 4, 1984.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cherokee where he was deacon and did volunteer gardening and maintenance. He was a member of the Cherokee Seniors Domino Club, an avid fisherman and gardener, and shared his award-winning flower arrangements with businesses, seniors and nursing home residents.
Leonard moved to Winona Lake, Indiana, in 2010 to live with his son, Gary and wife Shelley. He frequently visited the Winona Lake Senior Center for lunch. He taught everyone there how to play dominoes. In July 2015 he became a resident of Grace Village Health Care in Winona Lake.
He was born on July 21, 1917, in Burlington, Oklahoma, to Henry Tanner and Ida May (Schafer) Tanner. On May 26, 1940, he was married to Gladys (Whybrew) Tanner, who preceded him in death on February 23, 1962. Leonard was remarried on June 2, 1963, to Luella (Cox Headrick) Tanner; she passed away on July 19, 2002.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: Gary (wife Shelley) Tanner (Warsaw, Indiana); Rudy Tanner (Oakland, California); step-son Dennis (wife Eva) Headrick (Newberg, Oregon); and step-daughter Judie (husband Bob) Collins (Bartlesville, Oklahoma).
He also leaves behind two grandsons: Gary “Chip” (wife Erin) Tanner (Plainfield, Indiana); James Leonard (wife Amy) Tanner (Los Gatos, California); three granddaughters: Bethanie (husband Mark) Goodson (Dublin, Ohio); Katherine (husband Mark) Davis (Brentwood, Tennessee); Cherish (husband Antonio) Paris (St. Petersburg, Florida); five step-grandchildren: John (wife Rebecca) Headrick (Newberg, Oregon); Adair (husband Mark) Goss (Lafayette, Oregon); Garrett (wife Brenda) Headrick (Newberg, Oregon); Joel Collins (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Heather (husband Michael) Youngs (Fenton, Michigan); and 23 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Gladys and Luella, as well as three brothers and one sister.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He will be buried at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery in Cherokee. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s web site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.
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