James F. Tannis

July 17, 1947 April 12, 2015

James F. Tannis passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at age 67 years. He was the dear husband of Cheryl (nee Fox); loving father of Travis and Caitlin; and brother of Richard Tannis. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Jim loved go-kart racing, tractors, motorcycles, horses and scuba diving. He loved muscle cars and hot rods. He was a tool maker in Milwaukee for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Angels-Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc for their loving care.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 4:30 PM until the time of a memorial service at 6:30 PM at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home of Waukesha is serving the Tannis family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit  to view the online obituary or leave condolences.