K. Dwayne Tannahill was born Sept. 22, 1943, to Clyde and Florence Tannahill in Regina, Saskatchewan. They moved to Waskada, Manitoba and owned a general merchandise and grocery store. Dwayne spent his youth working in the store and playing in dance bands that traveled all over Manitoba and North Dakota. Dwayne was a gifted athlete who adored playing and watching many sports. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his master’s degree in music education. He met the love of his life Bobbi; they married and moved to Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He spent most of his career as the director of bands at Woodbury High. Dwayne passed on not only the joy of music but the joy of life to thousands of students. He was a beloved teacher whose students kept in contact with him until his death.
His family was the focus of Dwayne’s retirement along with traveling the world with Bobbi. Dwayne was a talented musician who loved to play his saxophone and clarinet for others. His personality was larger than life; he drew people together with his humor, wit, and selflessness. He spent many hours working on his yard and flowers. He would jokingly say “Better Homes and Gardens is coming out to take pictures” and people would believe him. Dwayne enjoyed boating on the St Croix and Mississippi rivers and handed down the love of boating to his boys.
Dwayne is survived by his wife Bobbi, his sons Derek (Amy), Bryce (Christine) and Jason (Nichole) and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Florence and Clyde and brother Bryce.
Visitation will be June 25 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. with a service to follow at All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Blvd, Cottage Grove, MN. To watch virtually go to “allsaintscg.org” or link is: