William 'Ed' Tanner Sr.

Posted Online: Aug. 25, 2014, 7:48 pm
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William Eugene Tanner Sr., 80, of Rock Island, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
A celebration of life will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside services and interment for Bill and his first wife, Dayna, will take place at Rock Island National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Thursday. Those wishing to attend should meet at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th St., Moline, at 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Gilda's Club, Davenport, or Rock Island County Animal Care and Control.
Bill was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Newark, Ohio, to Ivan and Esther Schlingerman Tanner. He graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in Newark in 1952. He married Dayna Walz Aug. 30, 1958, in Newark. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1989. He married Helga Kloes Lofdahl on Feb. 26, 1993, in Rock Island.
Bill proudly served our country for 25 years as a member of the United States Navy. Beginning in March 1952, his service took him around the world from Morocco to Iceland, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Guam and many duty stations in between. His last station was at the Naval Reserve Center in Davenport, where he retired from the Navy in 1977. Bill then worked at Caterpillar, Job Services of Iowa and for Per Mar at Ralston Purina. He completed his associate degree at Scott Community College.
Bill enjoyed great adventures around the world with his five children. From crossing glaciers, to climbing mountains, to digging up treasures brought in by the ocean, Bill was always ready to explore the world. Later in life, he and Helga enjoyed traveling to China, Europe and the Caribbean. They spent 14 years as snowbirds in New Port Richey, Fla. Bill also enjoyed hunting, reading and playing a great game of euchre.
Bill is survived by his wife, Helga; his children and their spouses, Debra and Mark Kretschmer, Lorri Bryson, William Jr. and Julie Tanner and Michael and Lisa Tanner, all of Davenport, and Douglas and Barbara Tanner, Yuma, Ariz.; three stepchildren and their spouses, Peter and Linda Vinson and Michael Vinson, Davenport, and Patricia and James Kennedy, Memphis, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Marianne Lee, Newark, Ohio, Sr. Gertrude Tanner, Garden City, Kan., and Kathleen and David Brooker, Pataskala, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Dade Fledderjohann, Oviedo, Fla.; and a brother-in-law and his wife, Perry and Margaret Walz, West Covina, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill's family invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a free candle in his memory at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.


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