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*Ira “Duke” Tanner ’50

Ira Tanner - 1950, Death*Ira Jacob “Duke” Tanner, 86, passed away on Jan. 9, 2015, surrounded by his family at his home in Granite Bay, Calif., where he lived with his wife of 62 years, June Halsor Tanner ’52. Ira was born on July 12, 1928 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Oconomowac High School in 1946 and from St. Olaf College in 1950 where he was a popular trumpet player. He then went into the Navy and upon his discharge, married his college sweetheart, June Halsor, in 1952. Following the Navy Ira attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., graduating in 1956. He then served as a pastor in Greenwood, Wis. before venturing west with his young family to start a mission church in Orangevale, Calif. – Christ the King Lutheran Church. Ira served 14 years in the ministry in Orangevale before attending Sacramento State University, where he completed his master’s degree in marriage and family counseling in 1971. Ira worked in many capacities throughout the years. He was a licensed practicing counselor in the Sacramento area and authored three books: Loneliness: The Fear of Love; Trust: The Key to Lasting Relationships; The Gift of Grief: Healing the Pain of Everyday Losses. Ira also worked as a part-time pastor at many churches, instructed at local colleges and upon retirement enjoyed volunteering at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, Calif. He is remembered as a friendly character who loved to talk to people. Over Ira’s lifetime he enjoyed hiking, running, reading, listening to jazz music, singing, and being with his family. He and June spent their summers with family and friends at Ottertail Lake in Ottertail County, Minn. Ira is survived by his wife, June Halsor Tanner; his four daughters, Constance Tanner Huggett ’76 and husband Rand, Kristi Wyant and husband Jeff, Kathy Ynclan, and Mary Titus and husband Mark; seven grandchildren, Joshua and Kyle Huggett, Jessica and Rachele Wyant, Shane Ynclan, and Haley and Drew Titus; and two great-grandchildren, Caitlynn and Madelynn Huggett. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Tanner Harney ’53, and sisters-in-law, Carol Halsor Hembre ’54 P ’76 ’85 and husband Donald Hembre ’54 P ’76 ’85 and Lois Halsor ’55. Ira is preceded in death by his father, Idar Tanner; mother, Judith Romstad Tanner ’23; and son-in-law, Bill Ynclan. Memory gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, Sacramento, Calif.