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Tanner Kitelinger Memorial Fund

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On June 9th, 2017, the world lost a selfless, kind, and thoughtful son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and best friend when Tanner Kitelinger tragically passed away from complications of Type 1 Diabetes.

All proceeds of the Tanner Kitelinger Memorial Fund will support the Burlington, Wisconsin Police Department’s K9 Program and the Southeastern Wisconsin Special Olympics. Both organizations embody Tanner’s commitments to serve and protect his community and to spread kindness and happiness to everyone.

From a young age, Tanner was full of life and friendships. At the age of five, Tanner was up on water skis and hockey skates. Snowmobiling, wakeboarding, and dirt bikes fulfilled his need for speed and adventure. Tanner absolutely loved his time in the Beloit, WI school systems and forged close friendships with his classmates and teachers. His time at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, was the pinnacle of his education. He loved college life and treasured his memories and friendships. In his spare time, Tanner embodied all things Wisconsin and committed to the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Bucks but found room for the Chicago Blackhawks as well. He did not miss a tailgate with family and friends

After gaining experience in the business field, Tanner decided to live out his lifelong dream to serve and protect. Tanner graduated from Blackhawk Technical College Police Academy as president of his class. He joined the Burlington, Wisconsin Police Department as a patrol officer and formed countless relationships with coworkers and members of the community. After a year and half on patrol, Tanner successfully launched the K9 program and was honored to become the K9 officer. With his new K9 partner and pal Zander, they set out to find the bad guy and had four successful searches. The bond they formed was beyond words. In such a short time, they worked seamlessly together.

Tanner could comfort and light up a room with his warm and compassionate personality and contagious smile. He formed special connections with everyone he met, because of his genuine kindness and sense of humor. After learning of his passing, Tanner’s friends stated; “He was truly one of a kind” and “To know Tanner, was to love Tanner.” Tanner’s life and legacy continues to inspire countless members of his family, friends, and the community.

As parents, we are beyond devastated that our son is gone, but we are beyond proud of who he was.

Rest easy family and friends, your guardian angel is still on patrol.


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Fund Administrators

  • Jim Kitelinger
  • Todd Demarb
  • Ashley Lervik

The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.