Anton M. "Tony" Dighans, age 77, of East Helena, formerly of Scobey, died Sunday morning June 28, 2009, at Big Sky Care Center in Helena.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today, June 30, at South Hills Baptist Fellowship in Montana City. Interment of Tony's cremated remains will be in Scobey Cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday. A celebration of life reception will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Saddle Club in Scobey.
Anton Mathias Dighans was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Scobey to Peter W. and Magdelena (Kampf) Dighans. He was one of 13 siblings.
Tony and E. Shirley Leibrand were married Jan. 25, 1953, in Scobey.
Tony was the manager of the Topper and Royal 7 motels in Bozeman and also managed motels in Seattle.
He received his education from Peerless High School. While in high school, Tony excelled in basketball and remained an avid fan in his retired life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Magdelena, Martha and Agnes; two brothers, Alfred and Henry; and two grandsons, Christopher and Dana.
Tony is survived by his wife, Shirley of East Helena; children, Rick (Kay) Dighans of Belgrade, Candace Haberkorn of Seattle, Linda (Gary) Dana of Helena, Wade (Ann) Dighans of Mesquite, Nev., and Todd (Christy) Dighans of East Helena; grandchildren, Travis (Jen) Thompson, Nicholas Dighans, Sarah (Joshua) Loween, Kevin (Beth) Dighans, Eric Dighans, Cameron Dana, Rodney Agostinelli, Stephen Dighans, Tony Agostinelli, Dana George Haberkorn; five great-grandchildren, Eli Thompson, Tracer and Milo Loween, Cooper and Kade Dighans.
Tony is also survived by his siblings, Christina Taylor of Alamogordo, N.M., John (Helen) Dighans of Peerless, Mont.; sister-in-law, Carol Dighans of Peerless; Bernie (Carole) Dighans of Miles City, Fran (Butch) Hagen of Spokane, Wash., Mary Dighans of Spokane, Wash., Jim (Jane) Dighans of Miles City; and numerous nieces, nephews, many dear friends and his faithful companions, (dogs) Misty and Sophie.
Arrangements are in care of Retz Funeral Home of Helena.