Gene moved to Colusa with his family in 1951 and attended local schools. He graduated from Colusa High School in 1967. He played 4 years football and a couple of years of basketball. He joined ROTC and worked at Hap’s Service Station.
Gene was drafted on August 5, 1970 and served 7 years and 9 months in the United State Army. He spent a year in Germany, a year in Viet Nam and a number of duty stations in the United States.
He worked for the California Corrections Department for 24 years. He was assigned to Mule Creek Prison, Folsom Prison and spent 3 years in Ironwood State Prison in Blythe.
Gene was an avid deer hunter, a former member of the Colusa County Rugby team, and enjoyed bowling on a league or for fun. He was often seen on his motorcycle cruising through town. He made trips to Sturgis, South Dakota and various states.
He was also a proud and active member of the Colusa VFW Post #2441 and American Legion #218.
Gene is survived by his son Hank, from Oregon, brothers Bill Tanner (Rose), Sonny Tanner (Katy) and sister Barbara Salazar (Gumercindo) all from Colusa. He is also survived by his step-children Buffy Cribari-Lohman, Anthony Cribari, Chris Cribari and Justin Cribari. He is loved and will be missed by all his nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Ann Tanner, his wives Claudia Akers Tanner and Kay Moss Tanner.
He will be most remembered for his laugh/chuckle, his beautiful white beard and his nick name “Grumpy” that his grandson Jarred gave him.
Gene was a kind soul and will be missed by all of his family and friends. He will be forever in our hearts.
Military services will follow at a later date at the Colusa Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Colusa County VFW Veterans Memorial Wall in his honor. ■
01/20/2021 • WPR #2021-0137