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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Carl E. Tanner, Sr., 78, Smethport, PA

Carl E. Tanner, Sr.

SMETHPORT- Carl E. Tanner, Sr., 78, of Pierce Brook Rd., died Thursday (June 4, 2009) at his home, after a lengthy illness, with his family by his side.

Born January 23, 1931, in Farmers Valley, PA, he was a son of John E. and Neva M. Kemp Tanner. On Nov. 4, 1949, in Coryville, he married Iva J. Austin, who died Aug. 1, 2003.

Mr. Tanner was a self-employed dairy farmer for many years, worked in area oil fields and also for Kendall Refinery, Bradford, before his retirement.

He was a member of the McKean Lodge 303, F. & A.M., Smethport, Coudersport Consistory, and Port Allegany Area Milk Coop.

Surviving are two sons, Carl E. (Debra) Tanner, Jr. and Perry L. (Tayna) Tanner, Sr. both of Smethport; three daughters, Katherine E. (Edward) Bigley of Eldred, Shirley M. (Richard) Wineberg and Janice N. (Thomas) Foster both of Smethport; 18 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, 5 step-great-grandchildren; five brothers, Chester (Eileen) Tanner of Coryville, Stephen Tanner and Norm (Barbara) Tanner both of Eldred, Nelson (Betty) Tanner and Ward Tanner both of Smethport; a sister, Marybelle Dunn of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Iva, a son, Bruce Scott Tanner, two grandsons, Russell Bigley and Kenneth Wineberg; a great-grandson, Tyler Tanner; four brothers, Roy Tanner, Sylvester Tanner, John Tanner, and James Tanner.

Friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (Jun. 6, 2009) with Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

A Masonic service will be conducted by McKean Lodge 303, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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