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Hugh Bernard 'H.B.' Tanner of Harrisburg

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updated: 3/17/2020 4:57 PM

Hugh Bernard "H.B." Tanner, 97, and a resident of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Marion.

H.B. was born March 16, 1922 in Carrier Mills to the late Earl Atwood and Bertha Melvina (Harris) Tanner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. During his service he was awarded two Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars.

He was a member of the Oasis Community Church of the Nazarene in Harrisburg.

H.B. was one of the founders of Bean and Tanner Funeral Home in Eldorado. He served as Saline County Sheriff from 1958 to 1962 and served as state representative from 1964-1966.

He owned and operated Tanner Construction Co. for nearly 20 years and later sold real estate across southern Illinois. He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially National Field Trials and riding his horses.

H.B. is survived by two children, Greg (Nina) of Texas and Ruane (Debra) of Anna; a granddaughter, Bobbi Kim (Zach) Butler of Oklahoma; three great-grandchildren, Maddisen, Joshua and Tanner; and a special cousin, Mabel Clements of Carrier Mills.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Buell Tanner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home in Eldorado with the Rev. Gary Clark officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow in Lindale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oasis Community Church of the Nazarene and are accepted at the funeral home.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the family via the website