On July 5th, 2020, R∴W∴B∴ Kevin L. Tanner passed to the celestial Lodge above. R∴W∴B∴ Tanner was serving as our District Advisor and our Junior Grand Deacon, and the 21st District and Ohio Freemasonry mourns his passing.
Born in Akron, R∴W∴B∴ Tanner had lived in the Tallmadge area for most of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a math teacher with Nordonia High School. R∴W∴B∴ Tanner was a member of First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, Star Lodge № 187, and the Swing Machine. He enjoyed boating, hiking and music.
He received his Degrees in Adoniram-Joppa Lodge № 517, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2014. Adoniram-Joppa Lodge merged with Star Lodge № 187, located in Cuyahoga Falls, where he served as Chaplain in 2018. He was a Past Thrice Potent Master and Trustee of the Valley of Akron, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. He was also a Thirty-Third Degree – Elect of the Supreme Council, AASR. He was a member of Cuyahoga Falls Chapter, RAM; Akron Council, R&SM; and Akron Commandery, KT. He also was a member of Western Reserve Council, Allied Masonic Degrees; Tadmor Shrine; and Falls Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
More so than these titles, R∴W∴B∴ Tanner was a wise mentor, an amiable travelling companion, a loving husband and father, a faithful Brother, and a very dear friend. He is survived by his wife, Sherri; sons, Donovan (Alissa) Tanner of Cuyahoga Falls and Cameron Tanner of Tallmadge; grandsons, Dalton and Lucas; parents, Phil and Barbara; sister, Leann (DJ) Leidy of South Bend, IN and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
On March 18th, M∴W∴B∴ Ethan Seaberg of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota closed his jurisdiction to weather the global health crisis. In his letter to his jurisdiction, he wrote:
Brotherly love, relief, and truth, the soul of Masonry, cannot be stopped by emergency. In fact, if ever they were to be ramped up in scope now is that time. Check on one another. Lean on one another. Engage with one another, so that through all this Masons will truly be men to whom distress may prefer its suit, and whose hearts are expanded by benevolence.
These words hold meaning far beyond Minnesota and across the history of our Fraternity. These crises and personal tragedies are exactly when Freemasonry is needed most, and indeed when it is truly practiced.
Please keep the Tanner family in your thoughts. May we all live up to the good example R∴W∴B∴ Tanner set for us in life.