Tanner Thomas Gray


Funeral services for Tanner Gray, age 12, of LaPlant was held at 10 a.m. MT, Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Eagle Butte Auditorium. Burial was at the Gray Ranch Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. An all night wake started at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Procession met at the 4-mile at 4 p.m., MT. Tanner passed away November 19, 2012 in LaPlant.

Our beloved, Tanner Thomas Gray, was born on January 16, 2000 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to Steve Gray and Rhonda Rousseau. At the time of his passing, he was a 7th grade student at the CEB Junior High. Tanner’s greatest joy was playing for the CEB football team and participating in Little Britches Rodeos.  He had great pride in his Lakota heritage, staying up late nights, singing and drumming with The Virgin Creek Drum Group.  He also belonged to the CEB Junior High Drum Group. Tanner was also accomplished in shooting guns. He split 2nd and 3rd place with his brother at the 2010 4H BB Gun Shooter Championship of South Dakota. Tanner had passion and gave his all while participating in sports such as: football, basketball, baseball, swimming and bull riding.

Tanner will be forever remembered for having the biggest and kindest heart, always having a beautiful smile on his face, and his love for his family. Tanner was respectful, fearless, and had a great sense of humor (he was a sniper).  Tanner could also argue a person to the point of their surrender.

Tanner had a deep passion for horses and rodeos.  He loved all animals, especially his dogs. He loved riding his horse JJ. Tanner was a top hand on the ranch and was grandpa’s little partner. Grandpa, Tanner and JJ could work together like no other. Tanner had a connection with JJ and was the only one who could saddle him up and ride off with out having to top him off.

Tanner loved food and candy as he had his special hiding spots just like his Uncle John. He also enjoyed doing skits with brothers, sisters and cousins. He was a charmer and ladies man. Tanner was a big fan of the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Steelers and could name all the players. He and his brother Teigan were so excited when they met baseball player, Pete Rose in Las Vegas, N.V. It was one of the highlights of their trip.

Tanner was friendly to everyone and just an all-around good-hearted little cowboy.

Grateful for having shared his life are his dad, Steven Gray;  sisters Braden, Molly, Avery and Kylie, brothers Teigan and Tyan, great grandma Marion LeCompte, grandparents, John and Desiree, aunts, uncles and cousins, Cathy, Trevor, Phannette, John, Shelby, Taylor, JC Gray, special uncle Jerry Gray, special friend Judy Lipp, mother Rhonda Rousseau and Family, stepmothers Dianna Charles and Nicole Mailer, grandmother Doretta Bowker and Family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Casper Leo LeCompte, Pat and Evelyn Gray, Pete Rousseau, Lawrence and Virginia Rousseau, Joe Paul and Hazel Four Bear, brother, Tyler & special friends, Austin Anderson and Royce Bowker.