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Tanner DeWayne Wymer

Tanner DeWayne Wymer, 17 of Solon, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in a tragic drowning accident on the Coralville Reservoir. Celebration of life services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon, with Pastor Scott Keele Kober of Solon United Methodist Church presiding.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary Catholic Church. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Brosh Chapel in Solon is handling Tanner’s arrangements.
Tanner was born April 19, 1998, in Iowa City, the son of Brad and Marcy (Gage) Wymer. He attended Solon schools throughout his life and planned to graduate in May. Tanner was an outstanding student and active in football, wrestling and track/field. He was named to the 1st team All-District and All-District Academic teams in football, selected to play in the 2016 Shrine Bowl, and voted team captain by his teammates. He was honored with the Dick Butkus (Hardest Hitter) and Ironman awards by his fellow teammates for his efforts on the field and in the weight room at the annual football banquet in December. Throughout the season, Tanner was honored several times by his teammates to carry the Spartan Shield and lead them into battle on game night. 


He also excelled in track and field, throwing discus for the Spartan team. He was a four-year letterman, placing in the state meet the past two years and had hopes of finishing in the top three this spring. Tanner competed at the AAU National Track & Field Meet 2014, placing second in discus throw with the help of his coach/dad. 


Due to an unfortunate injury to his hand requiring surgery in November, he was unable to practice and compete on the wrestling team this year, but had enjoyed the challenges that wrestling provided. 

Tanner loved competition, the camaraderie of teammates and fellow competitors, and the daily workouts to improve his body, mind and spirit. 
 

Tanner was raised in a wooded subdivision south of Solon, the perfect location for his love of outdoor adventures. With his brother, dad and friends, Tanner was able to explore and experiment with things that would never be allowed by the laws and confines of city living. He loved hunting deer and wild turkeys with his gun and bow, fishing, archery, trap shooting, restoring go-carts with Grandpa Bob, or working on his vintage 1976 Firebird that he convinced everyone was a good purchase. 
He was smart, persistent and could never be wrong. He never lost an argument, at least not in his mind. “Uncle Jerry”, one of his favorite mentors, provided him a Pocket Reference book that Tanner frequently used to argue his point of view. 


He was fearless, and confident in all that he did. Around 10 years of age, Tanner completely dismantled the engine from his RC car in his bedroom. When his dad walked in and found parts scattered from wall to wall, Tanner explained that it needed to be cleaned. We couldn’t believe it when that same car sped up and down our driveway/road after he found and asked to order a few parts off eBay. 


Tanner was highly inquisitive and loved to learn about everything. He had an uncanny ability to retain practically everything he saw, read or heard. He frequently recited skits off YouTube, lines from movies and lyrics from songs he had only heard a time or two, always astounding us and making us laugh. 

He was very caring and enjoyed spending time with his loving grandparents. Whether it was fixing breakfast or lunch with Grandma Mardene (and Alex) on Wednesdays; stuffing “Gpa Weedy” with Grandma Coleen; learning to re-load shells with Grandpa Ron; or going to auctions with Grandpa Bob, which spurred his interest and passion for collecting knives of all shapes and sizes. He loved doing it all. He had a soft spot for children and animals of any kind (dogs, cats, snakes, ferrets, etc.). He adored his six younger cousins and enjoyed times spent together with family. 


Over the past two-and-a-half years, Tanner was blessed to find the love of his life, Alex, and spend wonderful times with her and her family; Mike, Joan, and Liv. Although so young, they exemplified the pure, true love that some people search their entire lives to find. His tender heart, compassion for those in need, and his ability to bring levity and humor to nearly any situation allowed Tanner to spread joy to so many. He was so excited about the future. He planned to complete the EMT program at Kirkwood this spring in hopes of volunteering in that capacity before entering college in the fall. 


Tanner and Alex had been accepted to Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, both on scholarships for academics and athletics, where he planned to play football and study medicine. He dreamed of becoming a doctor which paired his caring nature and concern for others with his academic powers and love of science, which he keenly shared with his dad. Knowing Tanner’s tenacity and perseverance, he would have made this dream a reality. 
Tanner is survived by his parents, his loving brother Jordan of Solon; his girlfriend Alexandria Felton of Solon; his paternal grandparents Ron and Coleen Wymer of West Union; maternal grandparents Bob and Mardene Gage of Solon; great-grandmother Berniece Carroll of Eldon; his aunts and uncles Stacy (Bill) Peterson of Dubuque, Travis (Katie) Wymer of West Union, Curt (Sarah) Wymer of Decorah, David Gage of Des Moines; and his cousins Reagan, Dane, Benjamin, Nathan, Lucas and Nicholas Wymer.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Deane and Mary Davis, Clell and Martha Johnson, Levi and Alberta Gage, Leland Wymer, Naomi Wymer and Sidney Sparrgrove. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Tanner Wymer Memorial Fund, which has been established at the Solon State Bank.