Stuart Eggleston Tanner passed away March 21 at 94. He was born July 12, 1925 in Marshallton, Del. to parents Col. Archibald Elmer Tanner and Janet “Jessie” Rose Daniels. Stu married the love of his life, Mary Eleanor O’Connell, on Sept. 5, 1948 enjoying “61 wonderful years” until her passing in 2010. Stu worked mostly in computer programming, finally retiring from Star-Kist/Heinz Pet Products in 1990.
Stu loved to share stories of his early years traveling with his family band, The Kentuckians, during the big band era of the 1940s. His brother Paul Tanner would eventually be hired to play trombone in the Glenn Miller orchestra. Stu would never forget the summer of his 15th year when he traveled with Paul and the Miller band.
A lifetime member of the 75th Division Veterans Association, American Legion and DAV, Stu served in the Army, Army Air Force and U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II.
Stu, along with his family, was a long time square dancer starting in 1962 and currently with the Bootjack Stompers in Mariposa. He spent a lifetime as a stamp collector. Stu was a volunteer for the Red Cross since 1972, most recently as an I.C.E. (Investigations, Compliance and Ethics) volunteer and consultant reporting to the vice president of that department in Washington, D.C. Stu loved his activities with the Boy Scouts starting in 1946 and acting in numerous capacities from scoutmaster to his current duties as merit badge counselor. He was very proud of being a life member of the National Eagle Scouts. Stu had the heart of a volunteer, and will be deeply missed by his family and numerous friends.
Stu leaves behind son Thomas ( Janet) Tanner; daughters Susan (Richard) Souza and Kathleen (Donald) Rumfelt; granddaughters Amy (Lenny) McKenzie, Sharon (Lee) Calderon, Melanie Meehan, Julia Tanner and Mary ( Jay) Fraker; grandsons Tim (Lynn) Rumfelt, Paul Rumfelt; and 10 great-grandchildren. Stu was predeceased by his parents and wife Mary and five brothers: Robert “Bob” Tanner, Homer A. “Slim” Tanner, Paul O.W. Tanner, Gordon “Don” Tanner and A.E. “Tim” Tanner, Jr.