Matthew Ray Tanner, an 89-year-old Claremore resident, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at the Claremore Hillcrest Hospital. Ray was born March 5, 1928, to Buster and Nellie Tanner, in Claremore, Okla.
Ray served in the United States Army, was a talented brick mason, and spent the majority of his career with the Oklahoma Wildlife Department as a ranger and then as a supervisor for the northeastern most counties of Oklahoma. His time with the wildlife department, protecting the wildlife he loved so much, was an important part of his life.
Ray loved fishing, the outdoors, but most importantly being known as "Papa". Being a grandfather was an absolute joy for him. Ray is dearly loved by his grandchildren, numerous family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his children: Cheryl O'Meilia and husband David, of Jenks, and Jason Tanner of Claremore. Two grandchildren: Matthew Dreadfulwater and wife Arika of Fort Worth, Texas; Brandt Dreadfulwater of Jenks, Oklahoma. Great grandchildren: Jackson Dreadfulwater and Paxton Dreadfulwater of Fort Worth, Texas. Brothers and sisters: Lois Faught, Billie Sue and Bob Falling, Joe Tanner, Treba and Harvey Hendrix of Claremore, and David and Peggy Tanner of Bixby, sister-in-law Jackie Tanner, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: Buster and Nellie Tanner, Anna Corley, Garth Tanner, Jack Tanner, brother-in-law Aubrey Faught and sister-in-law Wahnee Tanner.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, with the funeral service to follow, at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Rice Funeral Service, in Claremore.
Published on December 6, 2017