The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 11, 2013

Richard Allan 'Rick' Tanner II

Published 9-11-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Richard Allan “Rick” Tanner II, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Oakwood Christian Church, with Eric Keller officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service and Cremation Directors. Viewing and visitation under the watchful eye of Enid Police officers standing guard will be at Oakwood Christian Church. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Rick was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 18, 1972, the son of Richard and Patricia Mandly Tanner and passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at his residence.

He graduated from Enid High School with the class of 1991, and studied aircraft mechanics at Autry Technology Center.

On March 5, 1994, he married Shawna Renee Mittelstet.

Rick started his law enforcement career with the Enid Police Department on Feb. 9, 1998, graduating from CLEET Academy in July. On Dec. 14, 1998, Rick was assigned to C-Shift (patrolman). On Nov. 12, 2001, he was assigned to the Narcotics Division as a detective. Rick was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Jan. 22, 2007, and was assigned to Investigations as detective sergeant. On Jan. 28, 2008, he was transferred to Narcotics as detective sergeant. On Dec. 19, 2011, Rick was assigned to C-Shift as a patrol sergeant, a position he held at the time of his passing.

Rick received several commendations including Winchester West Apartment Fire (9-23-2001), Operation “Ice Storm” Drug Raid and Arrest (4-5-2005), Bank of The West Armed Robbery (6-27-2007), Drive By Shooting (5-23-2008), Scheffe’s Pharmacy Burglary Investigation and Arrest ( 2-23-2009), and Operation Crackdown Drug Raid and Arrest (10-12-2009).

Rick is survived by his wife, Shawna (Mittelstet) Tanner; two children, Emily and Matthew; parents, Richard and Patricia Tanner; his sister, Amy (Tom) York; nephew, Brandon Daniels, and niece, Kaitlyn Daniels; beloved grandson of the late Everett C. and Reta Tanner and the late Joseph and Julia Mandly. Also surviving are many loving family and friends, not to mention his brothers-in-law enforcement.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to FOP Memorial Fund for Richard Tanner, through Security National Bank of Enid.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.stitts worth funeralservices.com.

(Submitted by family)