OBIT – Virgil Tanner

MISSION – Virgil Lee Tanner, 97, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at his home in Mission.

Mr. Tanner was born on May 16, 1920, in Brickinridge County, Ky., to Jess and Mabel (Erbin) Tanner. He was a WWII infantry veteran. On Oct. 2, 1963, he married the former Lucille Evelyn Engle. He worked for Owens Illinois Glass in Alton before retiring and moving to Mission.

Survivors include his daughter, Percilla Clark of Mission; siblings, Stella Feilbach and Mary Leady; and six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; daughter, Patricia Smith; and siblings, Hubert Tanner, Theodore Tanner and John Tanner.

A graveside service was held on Dec. 29 at Upper Alton Cemetery with the Alton VFW Post #1308 officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Mission.

The family suggested memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mission First United Methodist Church.

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