Lester WM. "Bill" Tanner
01/08/1938 - 04/20/2021
Obituary For Lester WM. "Bill" Tanner
Lester William “Bill” Tanner age 83 passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with his family at his side. He was born in Caledonia, MI on January 8, 1938 to Lester and Mildred (Buege) Tanner. Bill graduated from Sparta High School in 1956. He worked in the construction trades and then went to maintenance for a local factory. He married Mary Veronica “Vicki” Gibbons on February 9, 1973 and was preceded in death by her on December 4, 2019. He was a member of the Sparta Fire Department for over 25 years and enjoyed having coffee with his friends. He loved hunting and working with wood. A special Thank You to Dan Bowen with whom he hunted with for over fifty years. He is survived by his sons, Bill and Ingrid Tanner, Eric and Pam Tanner; granddaughters, Swenja Tanner and Theresa (Vincent) Palandro; nieces, Theresa (Dave) Pace and Kathy Young; nephews, Tom and Ed Gibbons, Steve and Dave Truax; grandnieces, Amber and Shaun, Marian and Johnathan; and grandnephews, Brian, Tom and Ed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Mildred; wife, Mary “Vickie” Tanner; infant son, “Ricky”; sister, Donna Jean Truax. As Bill had wished cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 25, 4:00 P.M. at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Friedrick officiating. Family will meet friends from 2:00 P.M. until time of service at 4:00 P.M. Final resting place will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind at www.guidingeyes.org, Humane Society of West Michigan at www.hswestmi.org or HealthWell Foundation at www.healthwellfoundation.org (P.O. Box 220410 Chantilly, Va. 20153-0410).
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Bill was the sweetest, friendliest person I ever worked with at tesa in Sparta. I still have the white wooden reindeer he gave me one Christmas so long ago. I'm sure his family misses him so much. Susan Farver
R.I.P. Bill. What a great man! You will be missed old friend. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Wauneta (Rountree) Bushee.
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