Anton "Tony" Stockert, 92, Chaska, Minn., formerly of Bismarck, passed away Nov. 9, 2017. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery following Mass.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bismarck Funeral Home with a vigil at 7 p.m.
Anton was born July 15, 1925, on a farm near Burt, to Adam and Barbara (Roll) Stockert. His early years were spent living and working with his uncle Lawrence Roll on the farm. During the winters, Tony lived with his grandparents, George and Juliana Roll, in Mott.
Tony entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and was deployed to Okinawa in the Pacific. He was also stationed in Korea and Tokyo, Japan, before being honorably discharged in 1946. Upon returning to Bismarck, he worked as a truck driver for Midwest Motors, Consolidated Freightways, and Gambles. He was active with the Teamsters Union and instrumental in raising funds and building the Teamsters Hall in Mandan.
Tony loved to dance and that is where he met Veronica Dworshak. They were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bismarck on June 21, 1949. They settled in Bismarck, where they raised a family of six children, and in 1975, Tony was transferred to Crystal, Minn.
Tony enjoyed fishing, dancing, country music, and playing cards. After Veronica passed away in 1986, Tony could often be found at the Medina Ballroom in Minnesota, enjoying the music, the dancing, and friendships. His love of fishing was legendary, but perhaps his most endearing quality was his story telling. He loved to tell stories, especially about fishing, truck driving, and his early years surviving the Dust Bowl in southwest North Dakota.
Tony is survived by five children, daughter Colleen (Steve) Olson, Sanbornton, N.H., sons, Larry (Cheryl) Stockert, Bismarck, and Bruce (Kathy) Stockert, Omaha, Neb., daughters, Karen Stockert, Heber City, Utah, and Cheryl (Brian) Tousignant, Savage, Minn.; three grandchildren, Sarah Olson, San Francisco, Calif., Crystal Stockert, Minneapolis, and Grace Olson (Travis Soule) and great-grandson Zack, Sanbornton.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife Veronica; and son, Gerald Stockert (1991).