Roy J. Tanner, September 13, 1946 - March 8, 2019

Roy J. Tanner
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Roy J. Tanner, after battling a short illness, died peacefully on March 8, 2019. Born on September 13th, 1946, Roy was raised in Mondovi, Wisconsin.  Roy was a loving, encouraging & humble man.  He followed Wisconsin sports with a passion. (Go Croooooo!)  A lover of history, he recently visited Gettysburg;  #1 on his bucket list.  He celebrated God and his country by proudly waving the American flag everywhere he called home. Grateful for a life abundantly full of loving family and friends, Roy will be deeply missed.

Preceded in death by his parents John and Mary (Clarice) Tanner. Roy is survived by his loving family:  Wife Barbara of 47 years, sons Jacob (Christie) Tanner and Jonathan (Kristi) Tanner; Grandchildren Calvin, Madeline, Olivia, Sydnie, Noah, Kendall, Declan, Dawson, Hudson & Sloane; siblings Colleen (John) Foley, Steven (Heidi) Tanner and Marilyn (Ken) Ward; as well as uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.  

A heartfelt “Thank You” to  Sacred Heart Hospital ER and CCU medical professionals for their tender care of Roy and his family.  We will be forever thankful for Dr. Saleh Obaid guiding us in Roy’s end of life journey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider support for the American Lutheran Communities- Mondovi, or QPR Suicide Prevention Training through the Eau Claire County Health Department.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore Ave, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Visitation will take place at noon on Saturday, March 16 until the time of service at Peace Church. 

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Steven Walker March 20, 2019

    So sorry to hear of your loss Barb and Tanner family ! Roy was a great guy and I always enjoyed being in his presence ! I Always enjoyed playing golf and having a few beers with him ! Prayers for him and you all !

  2. Geri Harrand March 17, 2019

    Barb, I am so sorry to learn of Roy's passing. Sandi Harberts told me. Loosing one's partner is such a hard experience. (I'm a widow now twice....) The support of family and friends is very precious now. I know that you can lean on those close to you. It would be good to hear from you sometime, when you are ready. Thinking of you.

  3. Sharon and Dick Shea March 15, 2019

    Barb and family, so sorry to hear that Roy passed away. We have great memories of Roy, hugs to all of you.

    Sharon and Dick

  4. Dan Market March 15, 2019

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear about Roy, although I did not know Roy that well, I always found him to be a sincere and thoughtful person. Our prayers are with you..... Dan

  5. Steve Schultz March 14, 2019

    Rest In Peace, my friend. I will always remember growing up together in Mondovi. Sitting at the gas station talking sports, when the phone rang, you answered “Highway 10”. That was back when you pumped everybody’s gas for them. Football, Root Beer Stand after summer practice. Back in about 1968 I recall you playing a club championship match - you beat the guy 10&8! I went with your dad to watch you in the spring football game at UM. Old guys with old memories we cherish a lifetime. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Steve Schultz

  6. Bruce and Cathy Werner March 13, 2019

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tanner family in their loss. Roy was a kind and generous man who was so proud of his family. It was our privilege to have known Roy.
    God Bless

  7. Connie Pedersen March 13, 2019

    So sorry for your loss! Sending prayers your way.

  8. Dick Muenich March 12, 2019

    Sorry for your loss. I have great memories competing against Roy in high school when he played for the Buffaloes! A good, fair, clean competitor. We had some great games against Mondovi. Roy was an integral part of those Mondovi teams. God speed.

  9. Bev Hilton March 12, 2019

    Barb, I was so saddened to hear of Roy’s passing. You and you family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.

  10. Thomas Marra March 11, 2019

    I am so saddened to hear of the untimely passing of my cousin Roy, and I want to extend my deepest condolences to Barbara and the family. It is sad that we have lost almost all of the Greatest Generation and are now starting to lose their baby boomers.

  11. Joyce Philen March 11, 2019

    Barb and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing but also filled with gratitude that you all were able to share such a wonderful life with him.
    May your loving memories and God’s Love comfort you during this difficult time.
    Joyce Philen

  12. Donna Friedeck March 11, 2019

    Jim and I are sad to hear of Roy’s passing. He was such a great guy and so full of life and laughter. We will always remember with fondness those basketball treks to smelly gyms throughout the state. Roy made it fun! Will miss him. Thinking of you Barb, Jake and Jon. Holding you close to my heart.

  13. John and Mary Gosling March 11, 2019

    Roy is such a gracious and caring man. He was important to our family, helped shepherd our eldest daughter Elizabeth while she studied at UW EC. The legacy of Roy is wonderful, we WILL miss him. He always had a giving smile, great hospitality and family support. Barb's influence upon him was definitely seen, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Matt Accola March 10, 2019

    Mrs. Tanner, Jake, Jonathan, and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I remember Mr. Tanner as a kind man with a sense of humor who always had a few wisecracks or words of wisdom for us when we came around the house as teenagers. I hope you find comfort in your family and friends in this difficult time.

  15. Ann Wimmer March 10, 2019

    Jake and Christie,
    I was so sad to hear of Jake's dad's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts. May happy memories give you peace.
    Love and hugs,
    Ann and Cy

  16. Terri Hoepner March 10, 2019

    Barb, Jake-
    My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. Cherish your memories.

  17. Kim Schulte-Shoberg March 10, 2019

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. Barb and boys, I pray for healing and peace for you during this painful time.

  18. Lynda And Richard Evans March 10, 2019

    Such heartbreaking news! Our prayers and love to Barb, the boys and families!

  19. David and Marge Linse March 10, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. We were always glad when we saw him. Have many great high school memories. Our sincere sympathy.

  20. Dave Hill March 10, 2019

    Jon, Kristi, Jake and Barb
    We are so sorry for your loss. Roy will be missed by all especially you four and all of the grandkids.
    We love you and are praying for you to heal..

  21. Carolyn Ginder March 10, 2019

    Barb & family, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. My heart aches with you. May God comort you along with the prayers of many. Praying for you. Love, Carolyn.

  22. Marlene Pederson March 10, 2019

    Barb and family,
    So sorry to hear of Roy's passing.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Bob Kerbell March 9, 2019


    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I am praying for you and Jake.

    Bob Kerbell

  24. David Mickelson March 9, 2019

    Jake and family, sorry to hear about Roy! Great gentleman, always smiling. FORE!! Thoughts and prayers from Linda and me.

  25. Scott milne March 9, 2019

    Barb, Cindy and I are so sad to hear of Roy’s passing. As you know, he and I played a lot of golf together and I have such fond memories of the time we spent together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys, the one comforting thought we can all have is that’s he’s in a better place. Best wishes, Scott