Tony Buckmeier practiced law here for more than 50 years
Mass of Christian Burial for Anthony “Tony” Buckmeier, 77, of Mobridge, was held Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Tony passed away March 28, 2013, in Sioux Falls after suffering a long illness. Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge was in charge of the arrangements.
Tony was born in Meadow on Jan. 12, 1936, to Anton and Margaret Buckmeier. Tony was an avid sports fan, spending many a night watching high school football, volleyball and basketball games. He also loved to watch the Vikings and Fighting Irish play football. His other passion was golf. He enjoyed riding in his golf cart and spending time on the course. He loved to travel and succeeded in visiting 47 states, Mexico and most of Canada. Much of his travel was in a Ford Galaxy 500 with no air conditioning, an AM radio and two very hyperactive children in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet?” every 20 miles. Tony had enormous patience.
Tony graduated from Bison High School in 1954 as valedictorian of his class. He then attended the University of South Dakota Business School followed by USD Law School, graduating in 1961. While in college he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, Dakotans, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges, Inter-fraternity Council, and served as vice-president of the student government.
After college he came to Mobridge to practice law with Ivan Bormann. He continued to practice law for more than 50 years, receiving recognition from the State Bar of South Dakota for his lengthy and excellent service. His clients were always his number one concern.
He married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Jeaneane, in 1958 at the Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Their first son Anthony Mark was born in 1960 followed by Brian Edward in 1962. Family always came first in his life, attending all of their events.
Tony is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeaneane; son, Anthony and wife Shelly Buckmeier and granddaughters, Allyson and Lindsey of Fairfax, Va.; son, Brian and fiancée Frances Wetzbarger of Sioux City and grandsons Carter and Adam; brother, Duane (Rose) Buckmeier of Prairie City and their daughter Melanie (Narsisso) Acosta; and sister, Darlene (Arnold) Peck of Bowdle, and their daughters, Denise Tescher of Rapid City and Audrey (Josh) Burris of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Margaret Buckmeier, grandson, Grant Buckmeier, and grandparents, the Frank Buckmeiers and the Nick Wunders of Bison.
He left behind family and friends who loved and admired him for being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Family was his greatest joy. Visiting with his sons and grandchildren always made his day that much brighter. He will be missed and remembered every day. If the life of a person can be measured in the good things they accomplished during their life, how they lived their life, and the impact they had on the people they encountered throughout their life, then Tony lived an exceptional life.
Tony’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, gifts, flowers and prayers. Memorials may be sent to St. Josephs’ Catholic Church building fund or the Mobridge Swimming Pool Fund.