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Tanner, Vernon A.

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August 8, 1922 - September 9, 2015

Tanner, Vernon A.

Born August 8, 1922 in Dallas, TX.  Passed away on September 9, 2015 at the age of 93.

tanner.vernon.ENGAGEMr. Tanner is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marie Tanner; his four children and respective spouses, Celia Magee and husband Walter of Plano, TX, Allan Tanner and wife Vicki (deceased) of Houston, TX,  Adele Tanner Demler of Dallas, TX, Carrie Tanner and husband Gordon Robb of St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies; grandchildren, Brandon Magee and wife Michelle of Plano, TX, Lance Demler of Frisco, TX, Philip Magee and wife Kristen of Frisco, TX, Justin Collett and wife Serena of Chicago, IL, Lark Demler of Dallas, TX, Todd Tanner and wife Jay of Glendale, CA, and Tara Tanner (deceased).  His great grandchildren; Sean Magee and Collin Magee, Cameron Demler and Dylan Demler, and Jayden Tanner and Landon Tanner.



tanner.vernon.porVernon was the 4th oldest of 11 children. He graduated from Crozier Tech in Dallas, TX in 1940. He served with honor in the Army Air Corps/Air Force in the China Burma India Theater (CBI) where he rose to the rank of Captain and was a highly decorated combat pilot in the prestigious Flying Tigers flying P-40’s and P-5I’s.  He was re-called to action in the Korean War where he once again served with honor. His courageous actions during military duty earned him these medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Air Medal amongst others.
Upon returning from WWII he graduated from Southern Methodist University. Vernon was known and loved by all as someone with unconditional love, a doting grandfather, sportsman, lover of the outdoors and animals. He took his children and grandchildren on many fishing and camping trips that inevitably went comically wrong. He had his own humorous and affectionate  nicknames for just about everyone – friends & family alike; Senior, Bau, Junior, Timey, Hops, Chug, Hoppa’s Hoppa, Chuga Muga, Preciouscita, C-Bonet,  Sawolka, Toffee, Chili-Bowl, Bada Boo, Tubs, Hoppa’s Boy, Lula Bell, Lulu – and countless others. He created wildly imaginative bedtime stories for his children and grandchildren including The Ghost Ship of Abercrombie and his own version of Lady of the Lake.tanner.vernon.3
Family, friends and even friends of children and grandchildren called him ‘Papa’. He loved to travel with his wife, Marie, and took his children, grandchildren and many of their friends on memorable road trips with them.

He was adored by family, friends, neighbors and all who met him.


A Private Celebration of his Life will be held on October 18 for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please give to the SPCA in memory of Vernon Tanner to honor his two beloved yellow Labs- Badgedog (deceased) and Lucy- and for the respect and kind treatment of all animals.

Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
10116 E Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238

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Vera Tanner

July 31, 2016 11:32AM

I now know now why there is a light and laughter missing from this world. I am sorry that I did not hear of the passing of Uncle Vernon. I know he and daddy are keeping the angels busy. All my love, Vera

Sharon Roybal

September 28, 2015 2:45PM

Condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. He lived such a fulfilling life and left many lasting impressions on many. He will be missed. Much love from little sister Ren (Virginia).

Tom Owen

September 15, 2015 10:49PM

As a retired U.S. Army Officer living at Cottonwood Creek Healthcare Ctr., I have learned of his WW 2 Service and honor him deeply for service to his country.1

Christi Tanner

September 15, 2015 4:56PM

Uncle Vernon you will be forever remembered in our hearts. You were a fine man and served honorable in WWII with the metals you received. This is stupendous, to say the least. Cliff was always proud of you and I know he was anxiously awaiting you arrival at the pearly gates so everyone can go on and rejoice and celebrate life.

We are only passing through and will see you in a better place. I know you are all looking down on us as our guardian angels, especially my Dad Cliff. Fighting crime in the street is not an easy task but it will always be my passion.



Christi Tanner

September 15, 2015 3:45PM

What a beautiful man. Nothing more to say except how stupendous he served his country with honors.

I know Cliff was anxiously awaiting at the pearly gates with open arms to celebrate "LIFE"!!!.

We are proud to have had him as our uncle.

Rest in Peace Uncle Vernon. You are an inspiration to us all passing through this earth and will be greatly missed.

Joy, Darrell, Cheryl, Christi, and Kyle.

Jyoti & Damon Haimoff

September 15, 2015 12:08PM

We are so sorry for the loss of such a kind and loving man. His love and legacy will continue to grow and live on in his four children and countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We wish the entire Tanner family strength and love during this difficult time. Special hugs to Vernon's devoted wife Marie, his loving daughter Carrie and adoring grandson Justin.
With love from New York
Jyoti, Damon, Chase & Dante

Randy Tanner

September 15, 2015 11:05AM

Uncle Vernon was a real man. When my father, Carl, became very ill, he was there for him. As the first of 11 siblings to pass away, Uncle Vernon comforted his younger brother in his suffering in ways that only an unselfish, caring "hero" would do. God Bless Uncle Vernon!

Justin Collett

September 15, 2015 9:06AM

He was loved by all and a Hero to some. I was one of the lucky few. I look back and cherish every single day that I had with him and will miss him every single day that I am here on this earth until I see him again. A gentlemen, a fighter, an adventurer, a leader, a teacher, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend and so much more to so many people. Thank you to everyone that has made his life what it was - A Great Story.

Love you and miss you Hops.

Your Grandonson,


frankie sutherlin

September 14, 2015 8:06AM

your friend from the gardens

Verna Dianne Simes

September 13, 2015 8:51PM

Your sister Edna Mae loved you so much she named me, her first-born daughter, after you. You promptly gave me one of your famous nicknames, Delididy. I shall miss you. Love, Delididy

Joanne and Charlie Zinger

September 13, 2015 6:40PM

Uncle Vernon was a truly remarkable man ... loving, kind, family focused, and a member of the prestigious Flying Tigers in WWII and Korea. He was loved by all who knew him. We will miss him dearly.
With our deepest sympathy and love,
Joanne & Charlie

Nan Gannon

September 13, 2015 11:47AM

Vernon was an admired and respected friend of my husband and he would want me to send condolences to the Tanner family at this time of great loss..Vernon will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him. I have so many memories of his kindness and I am certain he is in Heaven with Billy at this very moment..

Ginny James

September 12, 2015 11:01PM

My Uncle Vernon was a truly wonderful person and held a special place in my heart. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed. God speed Vernon. Sweet dreams until we meet again. Love, Ginny

Lynda & Marq Jones

September 12, 2015 2:09PM

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. He leaves a legacy of love and friendship that will carry you through the days ahead. Blessings and love to Marie, Carrie, Justin, Gordon, and all of the Tanner familiy.