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“May the God comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow. God will remember those who pass on in death because they are precious in...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“My sympathy to all of the family. His presence will surely be missed. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Betty Martin - Sussex, NJ

“Always had the greatest respect for you Jake, you were a quiet man with a loud presence. We will miss your grin. RIP ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Bruce Jorritsma - Branchville, NJ

“So sorry to hear about the loss of Jake. All of us in Frankdord township and involved with 4-H are still reaping the benefits of his dedication to...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Debra Brodhexker - Branchville, NJ

“Our thoughts and prayers from the Merrill family the Tanis family. Love to all ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Frank and Robin Merrill - TX

“The Frankford Twp Fire Dept extends deepest sympathy to the Tanis family. As a Charter Member of our Department, he was instrumental in helping forge...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Mike Fox/president/Frankford Twp Fire Dept - NJ

“Dear Rose & Family, Jake was a kind and giving person who spoke with great pride about you all. I am glad to have known him. He will be remembered...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: theresa tamburro - Frankford, NJ

“So sorry to hear of Jake's passing. He was a legend in Sussex County and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Tisler - Lafayette, NJ

“My Deepest Sympathy to the Tanis and Castimore family. Jake was a wonderful man and will be missed. Rest in Peace, Jake. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Deborah Barnes Kishbaugh - Cresco, PA

“On behalf of the McIntosh family please accept our sincere sympathy. We have many fond memories of our 4-H years with the Tanis family. Our dads were...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Phyllis McIntosh Bluhm - Roswell, GA

“Our sincere sympathy to the family. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ted & Janice Huizenga - Lafayette, NJ

“I'm grateful to have known Jake and hold fond memories of him at several wonderful family holiday dinners. His gentle, loving spirit always shined...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jerry Pagano - Branchville, NJ

“Dear Rose and Jan, I loved your dad so very much and will miss him dearly. Peace be upon you. With tears and compassion; hugs to the boys and...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: karima - Branchvile, NJ

“Sympathy to the family. What a wonder life Jake lived.My Dad, Bud Dunker, grew up with Jake. I remember some stories and always had so much fun when...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Jo Dunker D`Elia - MD

“Though our family did not know nor meet Mr. Tanis, our condolences go to his family and all of the agricultural family of which we are part. "Thou...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Roberta Bruss - Bernardsville, NJ

“Dear Family Please accept my heart felt sympathies. May you and your family find comfort in knowing he is with his Mom, Dad and brothers now...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Hazel Hawkins - Andover, NJ

“Our family has been life long friends with the Tanis family. Jake will surely be missed. He was a great supporter of youth and livestock programs....Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Dan Kniffen - Spring Mills, PA

“Jake will be missed. A true cattleman and friend and supporter of Agriculture. Jake made a big impression on me young in life and I tried to emulate...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Ken Brubaker - Harrisonburg, VA

“Dr Sam Castimore called me last night and I was very sorry to hear of Jake's passing. My late husband, Bart Glass, always had great respect for him,...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: JANE GLASS - STANFORD, KY

“I have many warm memories for which I am grateful and wish you God Speed until we meet again. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Betsy Hall - Branchville, NJ


Jacob Tanis, Jr., 87, of Frankford Township, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at home. Born in North Haledon, Mr. Tanis was a lifetime resident of Frankford Township. He was a 1942 graduate of Newton High School and was the owner/operator of Ideal Farms (purebred Angus cattle farm) in Augusta. Mr. Tanis spent his entire life as a member of the farming community. It began with his father, Jacob Tanis, Sr., who owned a large dairy operation in Sussex County, known as Ideal Farms, which extended throughout Northwestern New Jersey. Mr. Tanis was on the Board of Directors of the Hackettstown Auction Market for 47 years, President of the New Jersey Angus Association, and instrumental in forming the NJQHA (New Jersey Quarter Horse Association) where he served as President. Also instrumental in forming the Top O'Jersey 4-H Beef Club, he was a longtime supporter of the 4-H Market Sale and in 1959 developed a purebred Angus herd. He was a member in longstanding of the Young Progressive Farmers of August along with Tom Bain, Ed Risdon and Emery Castimore. The Mayor of Frankford Township, Mr. Tanis was a member of the Township Committee as well as a member of the Zoning Board for 25 years. The son of the late Jacob Tanis, Sr., and Anna (nee DeHaan) Tanis, Mr. Tanis was also predeceased by two brothers, Dr. John Tanis, in 1985 and William Tanis, Sr., in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rose (nee McKinnon) Tanis; four children, Sharon Tanis of Island Park, Idaho, Jacob Tanis, III, and his wife, Sally, of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, Jan Tanis Jorritsma and her husband, Ben, of Lafayette, and Mark Tanis and his wife, Kathy, of Pitcher, New York; seven grandchildren, Jacob Tanis, IV, Adam Tanis, Rachel Tanis Mead, Jennifer Tanis Rice, Logan Tanis, Benjamin Jorritsma and Kyle Jorritsma; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Lillian Castimore and her husband, Emery, of Lafayette; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Lafayette Federated Church, 180 Route 15, Lafayette. Interment will follow in Frankford Plains Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Avenue, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871.

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