Walter J. Tanzey died Tuesday morning at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise. He was 74.
A celebration of life service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the Bollman Funeral Home chapel in Enterprise, with the Rev. Jerry Raedeke officiating.
He was born July 5, 1924, in Petroleum, W. VA., the youngest of the eight children of William and Alma Putnan Tanzey.
He attended high school for two years in Cairo, W. Va., and worked as a riveter in an airplane factory in Baltimore.
He joined the Army Air Corps on March 29, 1943, at Fort Hayes, Ohio. He served in the European theater as a crew chief sergeant for airplane maintenance and as an aerial engineer. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 10, 1947.
Mr. Tanzey was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4307 of Enterprise.
He married Ethel Lamm Nov. 17, 1945, in Wallowa, where they made their home. They moved to Enterprise in 1979.
Mr. Tanzey worked for Bates Mill and later retired after working 18 years for Union Pacific Railroad.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, David of Imnaha and Darvin “Butch” and Paul of Wallowa; brothers, Dick of Bealeton, VA., and Harry of Clarksburg, W. VA; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Brothers Leo and Albert and sisters, Peb Cain, Oni Collins and Tig Mullannaz died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.
The Observer, Wednesday, 27 January 1999, Page 2
Contributed by Robert C. Bull