Irvin Percy Tanksley, 81, of Walkerton, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at La Porte Hospital.
Irvin was born in Alabama on July 26, 1937 to Price and Lucy (Chaney) Tanksley.
On November 7, 1953 in Alabama, he married Betty Jean Roan who preceded him in death in 2005. Surviving are his children, Phillip (Shelly) Tanksley of La Porte, Adam (Rita) Lofgren of Salem Heights, Marie (Alan) Anton of Salem Heights, and Glenda Tanksley of Portage; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all of Mill Creek; ex-wife, Pat Zernick; special friends, Teresa Tanksley, Lynn Pendleton, and Patricia Kirby; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Price and Lucy; wife, Betty; 3 sons, David, Tommy and Mike Tanksley; 2 brothers, Alton and Waylon Tanksley; son-in-law, Kenneth Collette; daughter-in-law, Karen Tanksley; granddaughter, Gwendolyn Farmer;
Irvin was an Union Operating Engineer Local #150 for 45 years. He was a member of American Legion Post #400. Irvin enjoyed riding his motorcycle and traveling to and from his home in Florida.
Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.
A public graveside service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Oak Grove Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Fish Lake American Legion Hall immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the donor's choice.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.cutlercares.com.