Clyde Bruce Tanner, better known as Bruce, of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Sunday, September 6, 2020, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Bruce was born December 16, 1944, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Alton J. Tanner and Betty J. (Crutchfield) Tanner. He was 75 years old.
At a young age, Bruce joined the United States Air Force. He proudly served from 1963-1966. Bruce later joined the ranks of being a United States postal worker. He started in Waldron and then held Postmaster positions in Parks and Mansfield before retiring. He was also a 1st responder and the fire chief at Winfield VFD. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved being in the country. He wore a lot of different hats but none made him prouder than that of Papa. He loved his family, spending time with them was priceless.
Bruce leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Tonya of the home, one daughter, Melanie Tanner, one son, Dale Tanner and one step son, Eddy Kliewer and one brother, Gary Tanner all of Waldron, Arkansas. Papa will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren: Megan Rogers, Tanna Rogers both of Waldron, Arkansas, Krystin Hutchens of Booneville, Arkansas, Kallie Tanner of Dallas, Texas, Chance Tanner of Waldron, Arkansas, Tatum Thrasher of Rogers, Arkansas and Trista Davis of Witcherville, Arkansas as well as 10 great grandchildren. Bruce will be missed by all that knew him and the many whose lives he impacted, including a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Betty Tanner and one aunt, Dean Brown.
Bruce's graveside life celebration will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Sehorn Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas with Bro. Travis May officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Bruce's pallbearers will be Butch Sims, John Charles Nelson, Bill Brown, Jerry Bob Metcalf, Duane Blackmon and Trevor Watkins.
Bruce's visitation will be Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
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