Charles Nels TannerOctober 20, 1932 ~ June 12, 2015 (age 82)
Capt. Charles Nels Tanner, US Navy, Ret., passed away June 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. The husband of Sara Ann Sage Tanner, he also leaves his daughter, Cyndi Mincy and her husband Bill, of Tallahassee, along with their children Nan Serino and her husband Nick; Mike Mincy and his wife Shelly; and Zach Mincy with his wife Catherine; his son Charley Tanner and his wife Violet,of Lakeland, along with their son Sean Tanner; and a sister Patsy Davis with her husband Mike, of the Charleston Community.
Charles Nels Tanner, son of Keithel Raymond "Ton" and Ollie Maye "Totsy" Peterson Tanner was born at Mount Carmel on October 20, 1932. Nels Joined the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station, Atlanta, Georgia in September, 1952 and married Sara Ann Sage of the Clopton Community on December 29, 1953. During the first 13 years, Nels flew a great many types of attack and fighter planes from many different aircraft carriers, primarily in the Pacific Area. During his career he was assigned to the following units: Attack Squadron-95, Carrier Air Group-15 Staff, Fighter Squadron-124, Carrier Air Wing-15 Staff, Fighter Squadron-154, 4th Allied POW Wing, Chief of Naval Technical Training Assistant Chief of Staff, Commanding Officer NAS Kingsville, TX, Commanding Fleet Logistics Support Squadron-50, and Chief of Naval Education and Training Chief of Staff. A two tour combat Veteran of the Vietnam War and Prisoner of War in Vietnam for 6 1/2 years, Nels retired with the rank of Captain in October, 1985. His decorations include: Two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, nine Air Medals and two distinguished Service Medals. He flew for Federal Express for ten years prior to his second retirement.
Funeral Services are set for 2PM Tuesday, June 16, with visitation to begin at 1PM, at Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital, or the Pensacola Naval Air Museum.