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Oswald Arthur Tanner, 88, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014. He was surrounded by family and friends, along with the loving staff of Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as well as Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care.
Oswald was born May 17, 1926, to Paul Washington and Ruby Belle (Stevinson) Tanner on the family farm southwest of Richmond. Except for two years in the Navy, Oswald lived his entire life on the farm he loved so dearly. Oswald married Mary Louise Turnage June 8, 1949. They were blessed to celebrate 65 years of marriage this month.
Oswald loved his family deeply. He and Mary Louise welcomed four children: Edgar Alan Tanner of Kansas City; Janis Ann Lanning and husband Don of Richmond; Joyce Elaine Tanner of St. Joseph; and Wilma Jean Cory and husband Don of Kansas City. From these unions, Oswald enjoyed nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren: Amy Tanner, Tracy and Mark Evans; David and Sandra Lanning with Emmalin and Grayson, Daniel and Sauphia Lanning with Caden, Kniles, and Titan, Rebecca and Paul Daniel Bricker, Jordan Lanning, Adrienne Rendon and Alexis Rendon; Bryce Cory, Kyla Cory, Megan Cory, and Erin Racowski and Jimmy Riffe with Isaiah, Michael, and James. Nothing made Oswald happier than preparing a huge bonfire and having all the children, grandchildren, and extended family over for a wiener roast. His quick wit, teasing personality, and recounting of memories left a great legacy for all of us.
Additional survivors include two sisters and a brother: Virginia Bryan of Richmond, Joan Dice and brother-in-law Henry of Liberty, and Kenneth Wayne Tanner of Richmond. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Loren and Judy Turnage of Higginsville and Charlotte and Harold Johnson of Richmond. In addition, Oswald has one surviving aunt, Aurelia Swafford formerly of Rayville; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He always appreciated calls and visits from family.
Oswald loved his country. Oswald received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy after serving during World War II. He proudly served with assignments in the Great Lakes, California, and the Philippines.
Oswald loved His Lord. In the fall of 1946, Oswald made a profession of faith to the Lord while attending Nebo Baptist Church near Liberty. Since Nebo didn’t have a baptistery, he often recounted his baptism at Winnwood Baptist Church in Kansas City. After marriage, Mary Louise and Oswald became members of First Baptist in Richmond where he served many years as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and Training Union director. Oswald had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and listen to the gospel music of the Blackwood Brothers, the Gaithers, Tennessee Ernie Ford and others.
The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church of Richmond, Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center or the charity of your choice. They are especially grateful for Shirkey’s excellent care on Wings 6 and 3 for the past two years. These friends allowed Daddy to be in the best “home away from home” possible.
Services for Oswald will be Friday, June 27, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Richmond. Visitation will be Thursday, June 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Hope Primitive Baptist Cemetery just up the road from the family farm.