Walter Tanis

SPARTA - Walter Tanis, 90, died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Walter was born in Rochelle Park to Joel and Irene (Maginnis) Tanis. He had resided in Sparta for 57 years, being formerly from Wyckoff.

Walter served his country with the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, of which he was extremely proud. He was a congregant of the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, and held memberships in the Peace Officer's Club of Newton, and the VFW Post 7248 in Sparta.

Walter and his brothers worked with their father to build Joel Tanis and Sons in Fair Lawn. In 1957 he moved his family to Sparta and started Sparta Sand and Gravel as the owner/operator.

Walter was predeceased by a son, Glenn, in 1970; sister, Dorothy; and brothers, Joel Jr. and Charles. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Anna (DeVries) Tanis; daughters, Patricia Myers (Stacy), of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Sharon Shevach (Steven), of Hurley, N.Y.; a son, Kenneth Tanis (Pamela), of Andover; a brother, Gerald; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a noon chapel service at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Walter's name be sent to the .

For more information, visit

Funeral Home

Goble Funeral Home
22 Main Street Sparta, NJ 078711904
(973) 729-5530

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 12, 2014