OCONOMOWOC

Stanley Bruce ‘Mike’ Tanner Jr.


Stanley Bruce “Mike” Tanner Jr., 64, of Oconomowoc, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Dina (nee Vasil); children, Stanley (Pam) Tanner III and Rebecca (Travis) Wiedenhoeft; grandchildren, Mary Ann Eagen, Nadine and Wyatt Tanner and Connor and Oliver Wiedenhoeft; sisters, Sherry (Nephi) Cardejon and Laurie DaFonte; sister-in-law, LeeAnn Pusatera; stepmother, Bettye Tanner; aunts, Mary Jean Braddock and Nadine Casey; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Claudine “Sunnie” (nee Williams); father, Stanley Bruce Tanner; along with his brother-in-law, Kevin DaFonte.

The visitation for Mike will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant Ave., Oconomowoc. An additional visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Saturday, Sept. 21, at the church. The family would like to invite everyone to join them for a light luncheon following the service. Mike will be laid to rest at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Union Grove on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Paul’s Organ Fund or St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.

Mike proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner from 1969 to 1971. He earned 15 Presidential Air Medals and many other medals of honor.

Following his service he worked as a regional manager for 3M Company and Ricoh from 1972 until 1986, and then chose to become a fulltime homemaker until the children were grown.

Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching old movies and taking care of his children and grandchildren. Mike was very loyal, strong, never complained and had a great sense of humor.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.