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Ben Herbert Tanis

June 8, 1951 — December 27, 2022



Passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at home. Ben was born June 8, 1951,
in Holland, MI the son of Herbert and Sylvia Tanis. He was a Vietnam War veteran
serving in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Western Michigan University. Ben
retired in November 2011 after a career of teaching woodshop at Parchment
Middle School. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and the
Michigan Education Association. Ben enjoyed woodworking, especially making
gifts for his family and friends, kayaking, canoeing, biking and being in nature. He
loved spending time in his community, giving back and sharing his love of
woodworking with others. On May 16, 1987, Ben was united in marriage to
Christine, who survives. Also surviving are four daughters and 11 grandchildren,
Heather and Robbie (River, Kai, Koa and Sunset) Humphreys, Holly (Davis and
Dallas) Henderson, Monica and Matt (Aiden and Quinten) Wall, Cate and Lukas
(August, Mae and Annie) Pederson; mother, Sylvia Tanis; sister, Crystal (Rich)
Matzen; former wife, Goldie Nicholas; and many special family friends. He was
preceded in death by his father, Herbert Tanis and brother, Nick Tanis. Friends
will be received Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 1-3 pm at Parchment Middle
School and a private family Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at The
Nazareth Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of St.
Joseph, Kindleberger Festival Fund, or plant a tree his honor. Arrangements by
Parchment Redmond Funeral Home.

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