Anton Joseph Schmidt


Anton Joseph Schmidt


Tony Schmidt
Tony Schmidt

Anton Joseph Schmidt, of Havre, formerly of Billings, passed away on July 6, 2014.

Anton Joseph Schmidt was born on June 8, 1919. His parents were Bertha and Heronemus Schmidt, who came to the USA from Prussia in 1903. They were married in 1913. Their children, in addition to Tony, are: John, born in 1914; Rose, 1915; Betty, 1916; Jack, 1918; Anton, 1919; Joe, 1921; and Matt, 1925.

In 1940, Tony met Thelma Schuyler at the Western Parade in Billings. They were married on Feb. 4, 1941.

After their marriage, Tony worked at Q’s Coffee Shop until July 1942. He then worked on the railroad in Laurel until 1943. After that, he worked on the farm with his father-in-law John Schuyler until 1945, then moved to Edgar and farmed with his father-in-law and brother-in-law Paul Schuyler until 1950. He then moved to the Gibson Farm at Edgar and farmed by himself until 1967, after which he moved to Lewistown and farmed dryland until 1974. In 1974, he opened up a restaurant at the Elks Club in Lewistown, which he ran until 1977, when he moved to Denton and operated Tony’s Café and farmed until 1985. He then moved back to Billings and lived there until 2008, when he moved to Havre, where he resided until his death.

Tony was a longtime volunteer with the foster grandparent program, where he was fondly known as “Grandpa Tony.”

Tony and Thelma had four children: Gayle, deceased; Larry in Havre; Wayne in Havre; and Carol (Ken) Ness in Sargent, Texas. Tony is also survived by four grandchildren, Tammy Marinkovich, Todd Schmidt, Tracie Brown and Larissa Ness; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Thelma in 2003.

A vigil service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings. Services will be at noon on Monday, July 21, at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral.

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  1. I would like to express my condolences to the Schmidt family. I have so many great memories of our families getting together from Edgar to Lewistown to Billings. I loved to visit the farm at Edgar and recall what a great event it was when the Schmidt’s got an indoor toilet! I also remember going up and driving tractor when I was around 15 and learning from Tony what incredibly hard work it was to run a farm. Tony and Thelma, and the rest of the family, some of nicest people we knew.

    Allen Sheets
    Father was Marvin
    Mother was Carra

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