Larry Tannehill

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Larry Tannehill

On May 21st, 2019 my father, Larry J. Tannehill, finally came to rest in the early morning hours. He was born February 8th, 1947 in Miles City, MT where he first met his loving family, Don & Arlene Tannehill and his older sis Kay. He spent his younger years growing up in Sheridan Wyoming but always felt the tug to explore the country and head to the coast. Upon graduating from Sheridan High School, he found himself headed to Oregon to attend Judson Baptist College. There in Judson and his early 20s, most of his fondest memories could be heard during the many conversations we shared. It was a time of discovery and independence for him and he loved every moment from; the young woman, Carol, he courted but never married (and always loved), to his friends that he joked, sung, and traveled with along the coast, to the small church he attended every Sunday. After college rather than return home to Wyoming he continued to explore as he volunteered and joined the United States Marine Corps much to the dismay of his family as the Vietnam war was still in full swing, but as the Lord would have it, he never saw Vietnam, he ended up stationed in Hawaii at the Coney airbase. He often spoke of his younger days’ long past with a yearning to return to a simpler time in his life and a much happier one. In 2017 he got that chance as we made a road trip to visit his old stomping grounds in Oregon and he even got to reconnect with some old friends. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, as he was diagnosed with cancer the very next year.
As I walked through his house after his passing, it struck me that while we rarely discussed family in our conversations his house was adorned with a multitude of photos of us in every room. He even managed to sneak a goodbye message in the hutch he told me to look through after his passing. But that is how he was in the later years of his life, quiet and reserved, the brash and vocal days of his youth had passed him by, but it left him with countless memories he treasured all his days. He is survived by his loving family, Stuart J Tannehill (son), Leah K Tannehill (granddaughter), Samuel J Tannehill (Grandson), Kay (Sister) & Gale Christy (brother-in-law), and their three daughters, Lynn, Jan, and Julie and a plethora of nieces and nephews who also were adorned on his walls.
There will be a small graveside service for family and friends at 10:00 am, August 23, 2019, at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with Sherman Weberg officiating and with Military Honors.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.