Sylvester Tanking


Sylvester Clement "Bud" Tanking, 82, of Salina, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

Sylvester Clement "Bud" Tanking, 82, of Salina, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

He was born June 21, 1932, in Nemaha County near Seneca, to Paul John and Helen Marie Weber Tanking. He attended country schools in Nemaha and Brown counties, graduating from Fairview High School in 1950. After serving in the U.S. Navy with a major assignment to the USS Hornet CVA 12 during the Korean War, he attended the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts and physical education.

On June 2, 1958, he married Mary Ann Nelson.

Mr. Tanking began his teaching and coaching career in Horton in 1959. In 1961 he and his wife moved to Bison where he taught and coached. In 1967 he was awarded Outstanding Young Educator of Rush County. Upon unification of school districts he coached and taught in the USD 403 Otis-Bison district at Otis. During summer breaks he attended Ft. Hays State University, receiving his master's degree in education in 1965. In 1971 he received his master's degree in guidance and counseling. In the fall of 1976, he and his wife moved to Saline County where he began 16 years as a guidance counselor with coaching duties at Southeast of Saline School and retired from USD 306 in 1992.

Mr. Tanking was a member of the Gypsum Lions Club, Elks Lodge No. 718, Elks Men's Golf Association, a life member of the National Education Association and the KNEA, and belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church and American Legion Post No. 62.

In addition to his wife, other survivors include two sons, Jeffrey Paul Tanking of Baldwin City, and David Martin (Laureen) Tanking of Lindsborg; a daughter, Jana Marie (Rod) Kennemer of Garden City; a stepbrother, Robert Lawrence (Peggy) Tanking of Belleville, Ill.; and his grandchildren, Suzanne Marie and Olivia Lynn Tanking and Sean Robert Kennemer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmothers, Mary Anderes Tanking and Mabel McFall Tanking; a brother, Martin William Tanking; and a sister, Celene Marie Henry.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with vigil service at 7 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Salina, with burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Salina. Memorials are to St. Mary's Church of Salina, St. Patrick's Church of Gypsum, USD 306 Scholarship Fund or Hospice of Salina.


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