Bruce Tanner


Graveside services for Bruce Tanner, 84, of Kilgore will be 4 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at Kilgore Memorial Gardens with Reverend John Woodard officiating. Mr. Tanner died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in Longview.

Mr. Tanner was born October 26, 1933 in Hobart, Okla., to Charles E. and Laura Jones Tanner. Bruce owned and operated Tanner Industrial Engine Service until his retirement. Even after his retirement, he often received calls to diagnose engine problems over the telephone. Mr. Tanner taught his three sons the trade and it has served them well.

He is survived by his three sons, Charley Tanner and his wife Linda of Arp, Jimmy Tanner and his wife Tawanah of Kilgore, Steve Tanner and his wife Patty of Kilgore; a daughter, Diann Nelson and her husband Bruce of Leverett’s Chapel; step children, Clint Ramsey of Longview and Debbie LeCours of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Sunni Tanner, Donna Knight, Anthony Tanner, Allison Leach, Amanda Moses, Meagan Tanner, Zollie Kerns; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years, Addie Dorsey Tanner, and his second wife of 19 years, Carolyn Hutcheson Tanner.

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