Memorial services for Anthony Dean Simanski will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Roadway Alliance Church with Pastor Phillip Jones officiating.
Tony Simanski, age 55, of Gillette, Wyoming died on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at his home.
Anthony “Tony” Dean Simanski was born September 6th, 1957 in Lake City, Minnesota to Dennis Charles Simanski and Katherine Ann (Petrich) Simanski. Tony was raised with his family in Southern California. He graduated from Montgomery High School in Imperial Beach, California in 1975. Upon graduating, he joined the United States Navy serving his country from 1975 until 1979 in the Seabees. After Tony was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction and masonry.
Tony found his home in Gillette in July of 1981, while working in the oil field as a roustabout. He married Mary Skinner on October 25, 1985, in Gillette, Wyoming. He pursued his career in welding at the Northeast Wyoming Vo-Tech and graduated in August, 1987. The pride and joy of his life arrived March 17, 1986 as a daughter, Lacey Rae Simanski. After 17 years of marriage, the couple divorced.
Tony worked for Von’s Welding then L&H Welding until 2000 as a welder. For the past several years Tony was employed at Sears and Roebuck as an assembler and delivery technician.
Tony enjoyed football, fishing, the outdoors, camping, watching college basketball, cribbage, cards, playing pool, snow skiing, bowling, darts, horseshoes and music. He was a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. His favorite car was his 1973 Road Runner.
Tony’s greatest passion was his daughter, Lacey Rae and her various accomplishments. Tony was an unconditionally loving stepfather to Jamie and Jeremy Skinner priding himself in their achievements. Tony had a deep and unfailing faith in the Lord and was known for having a generous and selfless heart, never afraid of lending a hand to a stranger.
Tony is survived by his daughter, Lacey Simanski of Gillette, Wyoming; stepsons: Jamie Skinner of Gillette, Wyoming, and Jeremy Skinner of Boise, Idaho; mother, Katherine Ann Simanski of Lake City, Minnesota; sisters: Kathy Newman of Red Wing, Minnesota, Denise Bargsten (Stanley), of Lake City, Minnesota, and Corinna Potvin (Bud), of Ramsey, Minnesota; brother, Glen Simanski, of Dickinson, North Dakota and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis Charles Simanski; grandmother, Geneva Thoner; grandfather, Laverne Simanski; grandfather, Herbert Petrich; and grandmother, Edna Petrich.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested in Tony’s name. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.