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John E. Tanler

November 24, 1919 - April 15, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – John E. Tanler, 89, of Springfield died at 8:13 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Springfield, the son of Frederick and Blanche Yearwood Tanler. He married Mabel Guy in 1974; she preceded him in death on Aug. 27, 2006.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; twin, Mary Schnepp; a brother, Frank; and one stepdaughter, Charlene Carraro.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Carolyn (husband, Jack) Fisherkeller; a son, Dennis W. Tanler of Missouri; and two stepsons, John Guy of Springfield and Jere (wife, Betty) Guy of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

John was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He worked as a tool and die maker at DICKEY-john Corp., retiring after 15 years. He also worked for Sangamo Electric as a tool and die maker for 25 years.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving with the Seabees during World War II. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, AF&AM Tyrian Masonic Lodge 333 for 64 years, Scottish Rite Consistory, ANSAR Shrine, and ANSAR Legion of Honor.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Masonic services at beginning at 10:15 a.m. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Olson officiating. Burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Interveterans will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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