Walter Tanis

January 16, 1924February 9, 2014

Sparta- Walter Tanis died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, February 9, 2014. He was 90 years old. Walter was born in Rochelle Park, NJ to Joel and Irene (Maginnis) Tanis. He has resided in Sparta for 57 years, being formerly from Wyckoff. Walter served his country with the US Navy as a Seabee, of which he was extremely proud. He was a congregant of the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta, and held memberships in the Peace Officer’s Club of Newton, and the VFW Post 7248 in Sparta. Walter and his brothers worked with their father to build Joel Tanis and Sons in Fairlawn, NJ. In 1957 he moved his family to Sparta, and started Sparta Sand and Gravel as the owner/operator. Predeceasing him is a son: Glenn (1970) sister; Dorothy, and brothers; Joel Jr. and Charles. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Anna (DeVries) Tanis, daughters; Patricia Myers (Stacy) of Oak Ridge, TN, and Sharon Shevach (Steven) of Hurley, NY; a son; Kenneth Tanis (Pamela) of Andover and a brother; Gerald, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to calling hours Friday 9 ~ 12 followed by a Noon chapel service at Goble Funeral Home 22 Main Street Sparta, NJ 07871. Burial will follow in Sparta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Walter’s name are being requested by the family to the charity of your choice. For more information visit



  • VISITATION: Friday, February 14, 2014
  • FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, February 14, 2014



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Marie Santella Ridner

January 1, 2015

I remember Mr. Tanis as a lovely man who made a wonderful barbequed supper for Marty Leach, his son Ken and myself back in the 60's, when we were kids in high school. His wife is a lovely person also. I met the lovely man again when his son passed. My heartfelt his wife and girls and son, Ken.
Marie "Mary" Santella Ridner

Scott & Jeff Vealey

February 20, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the family. Jeff and I have such great memories of working with Walt on Saturdays mornings when were young, and seeing Walt at Sparta Sand & Gravel where my father Walter worked. He was a hard worker, and loved his family so very much. We will all miss him. Our deepest sympathy to all.

Colleen Garmon

February 17, 2014

Dear Pat , I am so sorry for your loss. How wonderful to have your parents for so long. God bless your family with comfort in these days. Colleen Connallon Garmon

David Lehmkuhl

February 16, 2014

My deepest condolences to everyone in the Tanis family. May God comfort you today and always. And many, many years overdue, I am still so very sorry for the loss of my classmate, Glenn. I think of him often.

February 16, 2014

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Tanis Family. Our family has such fond memories of "Uncle" Walt. May he rest in peace. Max Straway & Family

sam castimore

February 16, 2014

walt was one of the last of the old guard, a great guy, fun, hard working, what you see is what youve got, a big loss for sparta

sue sheaffer ( Pullis )

February 16, 2014

my condolences, such wonderful memories of the whole Tanis family

jeanne pelt

February 16, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the family. Remember Walt for Sparta Sand &Gravel. My son Dusty Ruch spent lots of time with him.

Donna Fitzpatrick

February 15, 2014

So sorry to hear of Walt's passing. It was wonderful to be your neighbors while growing up on the farm and staying in touch over the years. Walt brought many fond memories while growing up - especially his and Jack's school bus he parked down at the pond for us kids when we would go ice skating. R.I.P. Walt.

jacob and dylan tanis

February 14, 2014

poppy , you will be greatly missed by us !!!!! dupa is a word we will never forget. r I p. Jacob and Dylan tanis