Anton B. “Tony” Braun, 96, Dickinson, died on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Richardton Health Center, Richardton. Tony’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Dickinson with Fr. Grant Dvorak as celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Pius Cemetery, Schefield. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson with a rosary and vigil at 6 p.m. with Deacon Leonard Krebs presiding. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Mass.
Tony was an amazing man. There are no words to express his influence in our lives. Through his example we have learned that there is nothing we can’t accomplish. He’d always had more confidence in his children than we had in ourselves.
Tony was a hardworking, strong and loving man. By no means did he pamper us. We had to prove that we were up to his standards. He taught us to work hard. Can you imagine trying to manage a farm, plus raising eight children to feed and clothe? He loved his family deeply and was completely devoted to his wife, Lorraine.
Tony absolutely loved farming and raising cattle. He was a great a farmer. He woke up everyday, put on his shoes, and worked on the farm to provide for us eight kids. All of us could count on one hand how many times our dad was sick, even if he didn’t feel well he would do what was necessary to get the task done. He truly believed if you worked hard, treated people right, and with a little luck from God, you could have a good life.
Although Tony never said it out loud, we know he was truly proud of his children and the way we all grew up. When we all gathered for holidays, he would enjoy all eight of us kids, plus all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, plus spouses and Maggie “the grandpuppy”.
Tony’s hobbies included going to the farm for weekly visits to drive his John Deere A tractor. He enjoyed driving around to check crops. He was very loved by all of his family, friends and people in the local community.
Tony was born March 22, 1926 at the family farm, west of Schefield. He was born in to this life by the help of a mid-wife, to Thomas and Rose (Wandler) Braun. He was raised on the farm.
Tony married Lorraine (Fitterer) on June 7, 1949 and moved to the homestead NW of the main farm. In 1952, his parents moved to Dickinson. It was at this time Tony and Lorraine took up residence at the farm that exists today.
Tony and Lorraine moved into Dickinson in September 1989 and at this time Tony’s son, Gilbert and his wife, Bev took over the family farm. It has become a prosperous and successful Schefield farm. Tony was very proud and admired all that they had accomplished. As dad and mom settled into city life, Lorraine worked at a motel and Tony worked for a rancher, taking care of horses, cats and dogs. He loved all animals.
Tony is survived by his children, Vernetta (Tom K.) Froehlich, Dickinson, Ardella (Dave) Zueger, Colleyville, Texas, Rod (Renee) Braun, Rapid City, SD, Kevin (Pam) Braun, Dickinson, Colette Loper, Box Elder, SD, Gordon Braun, Billings, Gilbert (Bev) Braun, New England, and Joyce Braun, Dickinson; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Johnny Braun.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, on February 3, 2020; his parents; siblings, Irean, Eleanor, Georgene, Bea, Dominic, Hilda and Eugene; and daughter-in-law, Beverly J. Braun.
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