Paul Tanke, 66, died Monday, October 3, 2011 at his home in Colman. Paul was born on January 6, 1945 at Volga, SD to Lee and Phyllis (Hutt) Tanke. He was confirmed at Argo Lutheran Church, rural White, SD. Paul graduated from White High School in 1963. He then attended General Beadle College in Madison where he played football. Paul married Joyce Shane on September 2, 1967 in Brandt, SD and they resided in Madison. He graduated from college in 1968 and taught and coached at Rutland High School until 1980. While teaching, Paul worked summers at Lake County Implement. In 1985 he started working at UBC in Madison and continued there until 2008 when he went to work for Colman Building Center until his death. Paul was inducted into the Dakota State Hall of Fame for football in 2008. Paul was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, racing fan, Dallas Cowboys fan and a sports enthusiast who loved going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, following all Colman-Egan sporting events. He also taught Hunter Safety Course for Archery in Madison. He was a member of Colman Lutheran Church, The Lakes Golf Association in Madison, Sunrise Ridge Golf Association in Colman, Ducks Unlimited, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Paul is survived by his wife, Joyce, Colman; daughters, Yolanda (Rex) Groos, Colman; Shanya (Brian) Hunter; St. Joseph, MO, Tara (Brett) Sichmeller, Brandon, SD; grandchildren, Paityn, Baylee, Kaden and Berkley Groos, all of Colman; Blake and Garrett Hunter, St. Joseph, MO; Brianna Hunter, Pipestone, MN; Savaeh, Tavyn and Mavik Sichmeller, Brandon, SD; mother, Phyllis Tanke, Brookings; brother, Doug (Donna) Tanke, Mesa, AZ; sister, Diane VanderWal, Brookings and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and hunting buddies. He is preceded in death by by his father, Lee Tanke; sister, Beverly Thue; father and mother-in-law, Clifford and Rose Shane; granddaughter, Skylar Hunter and nephew, Kip Hillestad.
Funeral services will be Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Colman Lutheran Church with burial at Colman Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 PM at Skroch Funeral Chapel, Colman.