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What Cheer, Iowa

November 1983


William Tancer

William Henry Tancer, 84, of What Cheer, died Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa.

He was born January 5, 1899, in What Cheer. He was the son of Joseph and Anna Louise Schultz Tancer.

He was a life-long resident of What Cheer. He worked at the What Cheer Clay Products from 1917 - 1964.

He married Elvie Craig June 28, 1930, in What Cheer.

He is survived by his wife, Elvie; son Paul of Tennessee, and daughter Phyllis Nicholson of What Cheer; seven grandchildren, William of Tennessee, Lynn of Germany, Paul of Georgia, Carla Jean Alford of Florida, Carey of What Cheer, and Rebecca and Joseph Nicholson of What Cheer. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Louise Schultz Tancer; an infant sister, Anne; a sister, Elsie Koch; a brother Arthur and a grandson Perry Tancer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., at the Harden Funeral Chapel in What Cheer with Rev. Duane Ferguson and Ivor Kock officiating.

Music by Jean Wilson.

Bears of the casket were Neil Nilles, Everett Sterrett, William Rea, Ford McFarlan, Frank Coppersmith and Carrol Walters.

Honorary bearers of the casket were Alton Grudgings, Dick Moode, Dick Burdock and Leonard Walker.

Burial was in McFarlan Cemetery near What Cheer.

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