Richard Lee Tanner Jr., affectionately known as Tank by family and friends, passed away on December 4, 2020 at his home in Post, Texas at the age of 56.
Richard was born to Dorothy Kay (Horton) and Richard “Dick” Lee Tanner Sr. on October 2, 1964 in Dallas, Texas.
Spending Richard’s early childhood in Lubbock, Texas, the Tanner family later moved to Post, Texas where he graduated from Post High School in 1983.
Upon completing high school, Richard worked drilling rigs where he made many lifelong friends. Later, he worked as a mechanic at his father’s auto shop, Tanner’s Automotive, and at Eagle Picher, building forklifts. For the remainder of his working life, Richard worked for the Transportation Security Administration in airport security.
Following retirement, Richard spent his time fishing with friends, playing his favorite game, backgammon, and caring for his family which was his greatest pride. He also was an active member of the Justiceburg Community Church where he devoted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
During his lifetime, Richard touched many lives through his avid storytelling and outgoing personality. He never knew a stranger, talking to everyone he met.
Richard will forever be known for his playful, joking nature and friendliness to everyone around.
Richard leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Cynthia Reiter; daughter, Elizabeth Tanner; mother, Dorothy Kay Tanner; brother, Tim Tanner; granddaughter, Jordyn Tanner; and many other beloved family and friends.
Preceeding him in death was his father, Richard “Dick” Lee Tanner Sr. and son, Richard “Trey” Lee Tanner III.
Graveside services in Terrace Cemetery were held at 2 p.m., December 8, 2020 under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home with Delton Osborn officiating.
Pallbearers included Israel Beggs, CJ Bilberry, Eddie Britnell, Wayne Smith, Justin Tanner and Kaleb Tanner.