June 19, 1933 – September 17, 2012
Paul Allen Tanksley, a resident of Dallas, Oregon died on Monday, September 17th. He was born on June 19, 1933 in Nashville, Tennessee the son of Paul and Irene Gobel. Paul served 4 years active duty in the Navy as a pilot and 16 in the reserves. He retired as LCDR USNR. Paul graduated from Vanderbilt University. He worked in the Aerospace Industry as a Reliability Engineer for Hughes Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft and Vickers Aircraft. Paul married Karen Baldry on July 18, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. They moved to Dallas, Oregon in 1980. Paul was a farmer. He enjoyed the Bridge Group at the Dallas Senior Center. He had been involved with the Willamette Master Chorus and had participated in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant for a number of years. Paul’s hobbies included Ham Radio, Sudoku and golf.
He is survived by his wife, Karen of Dallas, Sons David Tanksley and his wife (Staci) of Lincoln City, Neal Tanksley and his wife (Toni) of Hillsboro, Daughter Paula Tanksley and her husband (Eric Q. Braun) of Sebastopol, CA along with 4 grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment will be in Dallas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Gospel Mission or Goodwill Industries in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.