Tanner, Theodore L. "Theo or Ted", born January 13, 1913 died peacefully on May 12, 2013 at his son's home in Pasadena. Known as "GPa" to all of his family, he will be deeply missed. Ted was the seventh of ten children born to Edith Craske Tanner and Richard Tanner in Manhattan, NY. He received degrees from New York University and Stevens Institute of Technology. |
Ted and Vera Rauscher eloped in 1936 and were blessed with two children. After 47 years of service for Bell Laboratories, Ted retired and he and Vera moved to Carlsbad, CA. In 2000, Ted moved to Laguna Woods. Church, golf, lawn bowling, bridge, following sports and travel were just a few of his many activities.
Ted recently published his memoirs, The Chronicles of GPa: A Century of Living. Family and friends celebrated his centennial with a train ride in vintage railcars from Los Angeles to San Diego. His love of the Lord and strong faith were evident throughout his life. Ted described his book as a love story: a love of family, a love of life, and a love of God. He concluded his manuscript with this simple recommendation: "Uphold the faith, Trust in the Lord, Enjoy Life's Race. Amen."
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Vera Tanner and his daughter Lynn Tanner Cestone. He is survived by his son, Ted Tanner of Pasadena, CA, daughter -in-law Joan Tanner and their children Keith and Rachel Tanner; son-in-law, Bernie Cestone of Upland, CA and his children Bambi Jenk, Pamela Staiger, Phil Cestone, Randy Cestone, Dan Cestone and Valerie Barlett, along with 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Saturday May 25, 11:00 AM.
Published in Orange County Register on May 24, 2013