Louis P. Tanney, 72, of Bellefonte passed away on Sunday in Geisinger Danville with his family by his side. Born July 4, 1945, he was the son of Jerald and Madeline (Quici) Tanney who predeceased him in 1990 and 2007, respectively. Louis is survived by his wife, Terri Reis Tanney; four children: Jennifer A., (husband Greg J. Thornes and grandson Aiden) of Bellefonte; Matthew L., (fiancee Tonya Johnson) of Virginia; David J., (fiancee Kelly E. Heckman) of Bellefonte; Daniel J., (girlfriend Kati Caldana) of Bellefonte.
Lou was a 1963 graduate of Bellefonte Area High School. He graduated from Penn State University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. On August 31, 1985 Lou and Terri were married at their cottage in Mingoville.
Lou was a member of the Centre County 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club in the mid-60’s where he enjoyed 3-day trail rides with the club members, always making sure everyone stayed safe on their horses. Lou was most proud of his 1st place ribbon that he won in a saddle seat class on Marcoo, his beloved and very hot-blooded Arabian horse, that had him more often out of, than in the saddle. He also enjoyed attending Grange Fair encampment with his parents.
Early in his working career his love and knowledge for British cars landed him his first job as the Parts Manager for a local foreign car dealership. Lou loved his old English cars, which he enjoyed driving as much as fixing.
Lou helped manage the Historic Academy Apartments in Bellefonte with his father for many years. The Academy was purchased by his grandfather Harry Tanney in 1945. It served as the last standing boys academy in the state of Pennsylvania before it was converted to apartments. With a solid foundation of property management, Lou and his wife, Terri created a successful business as Landlords of multiple Bellefonte properties.
Lou loved history and knew every fact there is out there to know about military history. He was proud of Matthew and David's military service. He also had a strong compassion for members of the military and their families, donating to Wounded Warrior Project, USO and Toys for Tots often.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 10am - 12pm at Wetzler Funeral Home, 206 North Spring Street Bellefonte, PA 16823. Online condolences may be made to the family at wetzlerfuneralhome.com. Internment in Centre County Memorial Park will be private and at the convenience of the family.