Robert U. Tanner, 81 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (December 3, 2020) at the New York State Veterans Home.
He was born February 10, 1939 in Homer City, PA, a son of the late Harry Samuel Tanner and Mable Mae Moore Tanner. He is preceded in death by a brother Harry Tanner.
Bob was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved attending sporting events for his children and grandchildren and was infamous for bringing candy bars to them. He was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and loved watching the Pirates, Sabres and the Army/Navy games. Bob was a four year Veteran of the US Navy, serving as a Signalman on the USS Independence during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from Batavia Metal Products where he worked for 35 years, often times holding down a second job to provide for his family. He will be remembered most for his affectionate term, “I love you two bush”.
Bob is the husband of Ethel Kelly Tanner whom he married on January 6, 1962. Surviving along with his wife are his children, Ginny Leanen (Ron Trumble) of LeRoy, Terry (Michael) Freeman of Oak Ridge, TN, Kimberly (Raymond) DiPasquale of Conesus, Kelly (Steven) Mountain of Batavia and Steven (Leslie) Tanner of Batavia. Grandchildren, Jennifer (Billy) Gannon of Brockport, Karl (Dawn) Leanen of LeRoy, Christopher (Lacey) Freeman of TN, Robert Freeman of TN, Aimee Freeman of FL, Andrew Freeman of TN, Ryan (Robin Quataert) DiPasquale of Kent, NY, Brandon DiPasquale of CA, Chelsea Mountain of Lancaster, Melissa Mountain, Tanner Mountain, Scott Tanner and Rhys Tanner, all of Batavia. Also surviving are six great grandchildren, sister Patricia Schmitt of AZ and sister in-law, Donna Tanner of AZ.
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Dec. 8th) from 5-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. A funeral service will be held privately for the family.
Burial will be in Morganville Cemetery.
The funeral home capacity will be limited to 33% and a face covering will be required.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New York State Veterans Home Activities Dept., 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.