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Obituary: Van William Tankersley

Obituary: Van William Tankersley

Van William Tankersley

Van William Tankersley, a native of Exeter, Calif., passed away on Saturday, April 21 in Silverdale, Wash. He was 56 years old. A Memorial Service will be held at noon this Saturday, May 12 at 33803 Millwood, Visalia, CA 93292.

Van was born in Exeter, Calif. on Oct. 8, 1961 to Wanda and R.B. Tankersley. He grew up in Exeter and later moved to Silverdale. Van loved his family very much. He was married to his wife Sandy for 35 years. 

He also had quite a love for one holiday in particular … Fourth of July. Kids weren’t allowed to light fireworks cause that was Uncle Van’s job! He was quite the kid himself when it came to lighting fireworks. There was never a dull moment when he was around.

Van will be missed tremendously. His laugh and his kind heart will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his mother Wanda and father R.B., sister Patty Flynn, brother-in-law Michael Vaughn, and mother and father-in-law Alice and Robert Vaughn. He is survived by his wife Sandy Tankersley; their four children Hailey, Wayde, Colby and Bradley; four grandchildren; brother Randy Tankersley and his wife Lynne; brother Steve Tankersley and his wife Kathy; sister Teresa Gill and her husband Fred; sister Kelly Boland and her husband Tony; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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