Celebration of life services will be held Saturday, June 15 in North Platte for a friend of many and a fine rock drummer who was reportedly killed Monday in a construction accident.
Details were hard to come by about the death of Tanner Mollendor, but word of his passing moved slowly and solemnly through the North Platte area. Mollendor, 38, was working in Kansas, friends said.
He was a former railroad worker and was well-known as a drummer in the band Dirty Finger that played at dances and parties in the North Platte area for six years. The band was getting back together after nearly a two-year layoff.
“He was an excellent guy,” rhythm guitar player Eric Mersick said. “He was always giving of himself. He got along with everybody. He was a spark.”
Celebration of life services will be held at Unreel Event Center, 4684 West Highway 30, North Platte.
Rob Kittle of Kittle’s Music said Mollendor was respectful of everyone around him.
Mollendor reportedly moved from North Platte a few months ago to Kansas to be closer to family. Mersick said he was working with an oil crew the last he knew.
“He was a really great guy,” said Rob Mandeville, whose sister Nicole Hardy is a singer in the band. “He treated everyone with respect and dignity even if they maybe weren’t that way to him. I just pray for his kids. The thunder will sound a little different now. Pound those drums Tanner!”
Dirty Finger is scheduled to play at Kelsey’s on Saturday night, along with Big Dan and the Jellystingers. Mersick said the band will perform.
Mickey Leopold Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Mullendor’s funeral services.
Celebration of life services will include food and a cash bar. The family would love for you to come and share your memories.
Memorials are suggested in memory of Tanner to Tanner Mollendor Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, PO Box 987, Hoxie, Kanas 67740.
Here is his obituary:
He was born on April 4, 1981 in Holyoke, CO to Theadore and Kristee (Kemper) Mollendor. Tanner graduated in 2000 from Julesburg High School in Julesburg, CO; and later from the welding program at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, KS. Tanner was engaged to Brittany Mullins and was blessed with 5 children: Keegen, River, Lillyin, and Addysin Mollendor, and Allie Schmidt.
Tanner loved music and drumming, fishing with his kids, and riding motorcycles. His job was his passion next to his love for his children and fiancé. Tanner was a hugger and could always be found helping others.
Tanner is survived by his wife Brittany Mullins-Mollendor and son River of Hoxie; father Theadore Mollendor and wife Toni of Julesburg, CO; mother Kristee Mollendor of Colorado; maternal grandmother Phyllis Kemper of Julesburg, CO; grandparents Don & Lora Reuter of Holyoke, CO; mother and fathers in law Cara Priel and step-father Kent of North Platte, NE, and Ted Miller, III of Scottsbluff, NE; children of Tanner Mollendor and Mandi Miller, Allie Schmidt (Tim) of PA, and Lillyin, Addysin, and Keegen Mollendor of Brewster; and brothers Dane Mollendor of Julesburg, CO and Brandon Reuter and wife Taylor of Harrisburg, PA.
Preceding Tanner in death is his paternal grandparents Phillip and Mary Mollendor; maternal grandfather Orville Kemper.
Tanner was a hardworking, loving, and dedicated family man. He loved what he did and did what he loved. Although our hearts are weighing heavy during this difficult time, we can cherish the memories of the time that was his and the life that he lived. Tanner will be greatly missed; his life, his love, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.