Peter Michael ‘Pete’Tannis
Sept. 1, 1942 — May 27, 2016

Peter Michael ‘Pete’Tannis Peter Michael “Pete” Tannis, 73, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System- Eau Claire.

Pete was born on September 1, 1942, to Herman and Jeanne (Olsen) Tannis in Waukesha. He graduated from Pewaukee High School in 1961 and enlisted in the Air Force. After basic training, he was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base in Nebraska. It was there that he would meet and fall in love with Jane Williams, and they were married eight months later.

They eventually moved to Wisconsin, and to Eau Claire specifically in 1972, where they remained and raised their daughters. Pete was an avid and lifelong Packers fan and was proud to tell everyone that one of his grandfathers played for the team in their early days. He also lamented that Kerrin’s family are Vikings fans, but it made for some fun sparring and rivalries over the years. Later in life, he joined Wagner’s Wheels Bowling League, an alternately abled league, and enjoyed the camaraderie for five seasons.

Pete was a member of American Legion Post #310 of Gibbon, Neb., VFW Post #7232 of Eau Claire, the DAV and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1257 of Eau Claire.

He was the beloved husband of Jane; loving father of Christine (Steven) Brunner of Oro Valley, Ariz., and Kerrin (William) Teigen of Eau Claire; proud Papa of Michael Teigen and Kaitlyn Teigen; cherished son of Jeanne Tannis of Pewaukee; dear brother of Ted (Pat) Tannis of Waukesha, Anne-Marie (Jose) Salinas of Waukesha, and Kathleen Theumling of Pewaukee; and brother-in-law of Joan Williams of Kearney, Neb., and Richard (LaNell) Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo.; also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pete was preceded in death by his father, Herman; sister Nancy; parents-in- law, Raymond and Leone Williams; and siblings-in-law Louis Theumling, Donna Rae (Erwin) Lasich, Robert (Marilyn) Williams, Rex (Shirley) Williams and Wanda Williams.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory (off Golf Road one block east of Highway 93 in Eau Claire) with the Rev. Derek Sakowski officiating. Family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service. A private entombment will take place at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wagner’s Wheels, c/o Judy Thompson, 3052 Terry Lane, Eau Claire, WI 54703, are appreciated.

Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory, 715-830-5470, is serving the family. To send your condolence to the family, please visit our obituaries at www.evergreenfuneralhome.com.