Lonnie Ishmael Tanner
Aug. 26, 1926 - Jan. 27, 2018
Lonnie Ishmael Tanner, 91, of Waco passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 17, at Stacy Wilkins Funeral Home in Goldthwaite, Texas, Reverends Bill Slaymaker and Dale McKinnerney officiating. Burial will follow at Regency Cemetery.
Ish was born on August 26, 1926, on an island in the Red River during a flood with water in the house. His parents are Lonnie Hubert Tanner and Nora Alma Parrish Tanner. The Tanner family settled in far west Texas near Lubbock, true pioneers living in a dugout for the first year. The family farmed and broke horses and mules. So Ish grew up learning how to survive by the work of his hands and the sweat of his brow.
Ish met his future bride at Seagrave High School. Ish and LaFon Teal married on October 25, 1944 during World War II, just before he was drafted to go to Japan to defend our country. He proudly served in the United States Army in the 6th Ranger Battalion. When Ish was Honorably Discharged, he returned to his beloved country, to Texas, and to the love of his life, LaFon.
Ish and Lafon raised seven children, four natural and three adopted from Korea. Ish worked as an electrician, serving his community for 50 years, rain or shine. When he retired, Ish and LaFon retired to their farm in central Texas. Ish enjoyed driving his tractor, feeding his cattle and working on projects with LaFon in his shop.
For those folks who knew Ish, they have blessed us with these kind comments. Ish was friendly, honest, funny, a great man. He loved to tell jokes and to sing "God Bless America" at every opportunity. He did not complain. But more than these attributes, his children know he was trustworthy. All of his life Ish strived to honor people and to 'do a job right the first time.' His employers called on him to work on the difficult jobs because of his work ethic. His family honors and adores him for his faithful leadership as a Christian father. His friends and caretakers knew he would always respect them even in the worst of times. Ish was a man of great character. Ish was a strong, loving husband, father, our rock and will be missed deeply. We rejoice that he is now home with his Lord. No more sorrow. No more pain.
Ish was preceded in death by his wife, LaFon, and his parents as well as his brothers, Jessie Leon Tanner and Doug Joiner, and his sisters, Lois and Mary Lampe.
Survivors include his sister; LaNora Tanner Welch; his children, Jimmy, Cristy, Phillip, Melissa Tanner Gist, Thea Tanner Rasins, Bo Tanner Tidwell, and Dawn Tanner Gaede; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.