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Anthony SchileyBRISTOL – Anthony Schiley, 69 of Bristol died on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at his home in Bristol. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 24, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bristol. Burial will be at Bristol Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Wednesday, 2-4 P.M. then continuing at the church in Bristol until 8 P.M. with a 7 P.M. Scriptural Prayer/Rosary service. Anthony (Tony) Edward Schiley was born on Sunday, January 15, 1939 to Paul and Mary (Kotzea) Schiley on the family farm in Valley Township, Day County, South Dakota west of Butler. He was baptized at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bristol and attended country school at Grandview School near his home. In 1961, he joined the South Dakota National Guard and took basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1967. On July 16, 1966 he married Betty Lou Nitschke at St. Helena Catholic Church in Ellendale, North Dakota. The couple resided in Bristol for ten months before moving to the family farm in Valley Township where they engaged in farming and raising dairy cattle until 1985. They then moved back to Bristol. He was employed with Larkin Potato Company in Clark for several years prior to working for Hansmeier & Son until his retirement in 2000. Tony was a life-time member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bristol. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. The couple were members of the Lily Hoedowners Square Dancing Club for several years. In his spare time Tony enjoyed watching westerns on television, walking his dogs, planting flowers and maintaining a garden which supplied his grandchildren with an endless supply of fresh strawberries. Tony passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at his home in Bristol, South Dakota at the age of 69 years, 6 months and 2 days. Grateful to have shared his life are his wife, Betty of Bristol; his children, Cindy Lou Schiley of Watertown, SD, Judy (Gene) Williamson and Dominick Schiley, both of Bristol, SD, Diane (John) Hall of Baumholder, Germany, Nancy (Todd) Aadland of Pierpont, SD, Margaret Schiley and Anna Schiley, both of Aberdeen, SD; two sisters, Isabel Yrdanoff and Rose Schiley, both of Aberdeen, SD; two sisters-in-law, Myra Schiley of Bristol, SD and Janet Longland of Nebraska; seven grandchildren, Taylor, Tayson and Nikolas Aadland, Chezney and Colt Williamson, Jeremy and Ashley Hall; a step grandson, Shawn (Sarah) Hall; and two step great grandchildren, Ethan and Cassidy Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Lawrence, James, Peter and twin brother, Albert in infancy.
Betty and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Anthony. We know that it is a very difficult time for your family. Just know that we are praying for you and wish that we could be there. One thing that I would like to share is the memory of Anthony playing the accordion--he was so good at it. I also remember him playing the boogie man on me. I too remember the times that you Betty and Anthony going square dancing with mom & dad while Linda & I took turns watching the kids. Blessings to all.
Tom and Jan Resler Jul 21 2008 12:00 AM