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Robert Skip Tanner

April 18, 1948 - April 11, 2024

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Robert “Skip” Tanner, 75 and a lifelong resident of West Scranton, passed away Thursday evening at home. On July 11, 2009, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Mary “Mimi” (O’Neil) Tanner.

Born on April 18, 1948, he was the son of the late Harold and Alberta (McDonough) Tanner. A graduate of the former St. Patrick’s High School, he then proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War prior to his honorable discharge. He remained an active member of the American Legion Post 306 of Taylor.

For four decades, Skip worked as a foreman for United Gilsonite Laboratories in Dunmore prior to his well-deserved retirement. He enjoyed bowling, having played in the West Side Lanes league for years, and as an avid golfer, he was a familiar face at Pine Hills, where he was a fixture in its Monday night league. A sports fan, he also loved his local high school football.

Above all else, his favorite hobby was undoubtedly being with his grandchildren. He made it a point to be at each and every one of their activities, and as many sports events as possible. His family meant the world to him.

He is survived by his adored family, including his children, Lisa Evans and husband Doug, and Paul Tanner and wife Renee, all of Scranton; his four grandchildren, Owen and Nora Evans, and Reese and Morgan Tanner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita and Tom Doherty of Allentown; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his companion, Annmarie Vaskie.

His sister, Carole Agliata, also preceded him in death.

Blessing services by Rev. Paul McDonnell, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, are scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. in the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Private burial, Cathedral Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects from 10 a.m. until services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Skip’s name to the American Legion Post 306, 208 Main St., Taylor, Pa., 18517. Please visit the funeral home’s website for directions or to leave a condolence.