In Memory

Ted Tanner

Ted Tanner

Dear Friends & Family,
We lost our beloved husband, father, and friend, Ted Tanner yesterday afternoon, January 31. He had a massive stroke Thursday morning while still asleep & was unable to recover after the meds & surgery admistered. He went peacefully with his two sons (Chris [CO] & Tim [OR]), by his side, as well as myself & my son, Mike (Richardson).

I was blessed to have Ted in my life the past 8 years. He was the most thoughtful person I knew; caring, funny, & a lover of life. We traveled the world, took up the mountain dulcimer, had a wonderful circle of friends here in Sun City (many from Borger/Phillips), and we had, between us, a big family who loved Ted dearly. He was even friends with my ex husband. lol

Ted graduated from Borger High in 1958. Went to Frank Phillips & graduated from Colorado State in Ft Collins in 1962. He joined the Navy & went thru flight school in Corpus & Pensacola. He was navigator/bombadier on carriers in the South China Sea, Viet Nam in 1964-1966; flew A3 Sky Warrior (the whale). Of 21 planes in his group, only 3 returned after 2 yrs (mostly mechanical difficulties). He served on the Oriskany & Enterprise. Admiral James Stockdale was his air group commander (Stockdale served the longest in Hanoi Hilton), and John McCain was on the Oriskany the year after Ted left. They all reunioned together from time to time.

After leaving the Navy, Ted was hired by Firestone to train in their corporate headquarters in Akron, OH. He had a career "selling tires" as he always said, and retired from Yokohama Tire Co in CA in 2002. He & his wife, Sandy, had two sons; they retired in CO Springs. She passed a few years later.

Services will be held Tues, Feb 4 @ 1pm at Ramsey Funeral Home Chapel, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, Memphis, TN or The Caring Place in Georgetown, TX.

Above posted by Bonnie on Facebook