Chamber Announces Bob and Anna Mae Tanner as
2018 Parade Grand Marshals
“The Chamber of Commerce is honored to annually select the Grand Marshals to lead the 40th Annual Chamber Christmas Parade started in 1978. Mr. and Mrs. Tanner are longtime residents of Wayland and true pillars in our community. We couldn’t be more excited to have the Tanners as our grand marshals,” stated Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director. The Tanners are best known for their humble servanthood attitude and willingness to helping others whether it is at their church, for city events, helping shovel a driveway, pick up groceries, or help with yard clean up.
Their journey as Mr. & Mrs. Tanner began in 1960 when they were married at Dorr Christian Reformed Church. A lifelong resident of Wayland, Bob was born in Wayland just blocks from his current home he and Anna Mae have shared for the past 54 years. Bob and Anna Mae are well known and respected community members volunteering with the area food pantry and at the voting polls. They have been members of Wayland Christian Reformed Church since 1964 where both have served in many volunteer roles. Bob has performed janitorial duties, served as a deacon, an elder and a cadet leader. Anna Mae served as a Gems leader for 19 years. Bob and Anna Mae both worked for Harding’s Market in Wayland. Anna Mae worked there for ten years and Bob retired after working 28 years and now works for Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services. Bob has also volunteered at various chamber events including the annual golf outing.
The Tanners have raised four children in Wayland and currently are proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
It is our sincere honor to have this year’s Grand Marshals as Bob and Anna Mae Tanner. Please look for Mr. & Mrs. Tanner leading our Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00am in downtown Wayland.