Born April 10, 1937 in Red Lake Falls, MN the son of John & Anna (Pahlen) Schmitz. He died on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Cornerstone Nursing Home in Bagley, MN.
He graduated from Red Lake Falls High School. Tony served in the US Army in 1956 until being honorably discharged in 1958. He served time in Germany. After returning from the Army he worked at The Crookston Daily Times until 1964. For 15 years he was the Administrator for St John’s Hospital in Red Lake Falls. Tony purchased Ecowater of Bemidji and operated the business with his son Shane until his retirement in 2001.
October 1960, Tony was united in marriage to Marlene Tiedeman. To this union 4 children were born: Rick, Shawn, Shane & Craig. On January 21, 1994 Tony was united in marriage to Crystal (Anderson) Wallingford in Hawaii.
Tony’s passion was the game of hockey. He was involved with coaching for many years, which he was also a coach for his boys. Tony participated in Senior Pirates hockey and continued to play hockey until the age of 74. He was very active with the Bagley Hockey Association and served on the fundraising committee for the current Bagley Hockey Arena which replaced the last outdoor high school rink in the United States. His favorite saying was “Keep your head up!” Tony also enjoyed hunting and watching sports. He was a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bagley. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years Crystal; Children: Rick (Sandie) Schmitz; Shawn (Quintin) Brandvold; Shane (Alysia) Schmitz & Craig (Melanie) Schmitz. 13 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, Step-Children: Steve Wallingford, Lynn Peal, Jack Wallingford & Jill Olson.
Gifts in honor of Tony may be made to the Bagley Youth Hockey Assoc. PO Box 54, Bagley, MN 56621