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July 5, 2020

4/21/2020 7:29:00 AM
James R. Tanner Sr.

James R. Tanner Sr., age 75, of Rhinelander, passed away on Thursday evening, April 16, 2020 at his home with his family at his side and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.

James was born in Rhinelander on Friday, Aug. 8, 1944, the son of Willis M. and Gladys M. (Shedore) Tanner.

He was united in marriage to Judith K. Schwarz on May 16, 1974. He took part in many church functions at Northern Lights Church of God. Jim loved playing cards and going to the casino. Jim knew many residents of Rhinelander, and no matter where he went, he would always take the time to visit with them.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, Judith; children: Michael T. Tanner and fiancee Kim Sedlak of Arkansas and Brenda M. Tanner of Rhinelander; grandchildren Samantha L. Tanner and Tucker J. Tanner; sister, Linda L. Ring of Rhinelander, brother Gary L. (Christine) Thorstenson of Rhinelander, brother-in-law Robert Mericle of Rhinelander and longtime friends Lloyd and Charlotte Wilcox of Pine Lake.

Jim is preceded in death by his son, James R. Tanner Jr.; parents, Willis Tanner and Gladys (Shedore) Tanner-Thorstenson; brother Larry James Tanner, and by two sisters Carol Ann Mericle and Sandra Jean Tanner.

A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at a later date.

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343.

You are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

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