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Allen David Tanner Jr., age 70, of Delta, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee. He was born January 26, 1951, in Toledo, Ohio to the late Allen Tanner Sr. and Shirley (Barber) Tanner. Allen served in the United States Air Force. He married Brenda (Barton) Tanner and enjoyed 24 years with her before her passing in 2013. Allen worked as a diesel mechanic and heavy press operator for most of his life.
Allen would be best known as the ornery “Guy” that always joked with everyone around him. He took great pride in seeing how much he could frustrate you with his riddle-like way of telling you something. All joking aside he took yard work very seriously. Allen enjoyed helping his neighbors and could be seen on most summer or fall days out mowing a lawn or picking up leaves around the neighborhood. Allen was a great father that instilled integrity, honesty, and a very strong work ethic into his children; which he fostered with hours of yard work in their younger years. He will be greatly missed.
Allen is survived by his daughter, Tracy (Matt) Rowland; daughter, Karen (Jerrid) Burkhiemer; son, Michael (April) Tanner; brothers, David (Connie), Glen (Debra) and Mike (Beverly) Tanner; sisters, Arlene (Roger) Weirauch, Emily (Doug) Moon, Jackie Barczak and Teresa (Butch) Whitney; grandchildren, Abby, Cera and Gary Brink; Tiffany, Courtney and Lance (Bailey) Burkhiemer; Thomas, Jasmine, Adalynn, Ella and Isla Tanner; two great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Allen was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister Marianne “Marie” E. Gillen.
Graveside services, with Military Honors, will be held later this spring at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.
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