ANTHONY "TONY" REMKUS(1917 - 2013)


~Anthony "Tony" Remkus, age 96, a 29-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz. passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2014 in Orange, Calif. He was born June 8, 1917 in Benld, Ill. to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Anton L Remkus and Marciana Waranavitch Remkus.

~He graduated in 1935 from Cass Technical High School of Detroit, Mich. He enlisted in the United States Navy on October 22, 1940 in Wayne County, Mich. and was Honorably Discharged on November 27, 1945 from the U.S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif. As a Photographer's Mate First Class he returned to his home on Evanston Ave, Detroit, Wayne, Mich. During his service he was assigned to USS Randolph (CV15) and to the Air Group 12, AKA the Thunderbirds where he trained as an aerial reconnaissance photographer. The air group became famous for leading the first attacks against Japan in 1944. Tony took photos of both pre-bombing and post-bombing raids, recording the details in the attack zones.

~In 1946 as Tony found himself in California where he met and married Helen Gonzales. Helen had a 15 year old daughter named Lillian. Because of Tony's love for photography and children, he opened a photo studio for children's portraiture. Tony's marriage with Helen ended.

~Besides his studio, Tony was a photographer for the Los Angeles Unified School District until he retired. He then met and married Harriett "Renee" Morgan. They decided to sell their homes and enjoy their retirement years in Bullhead City, Ariz. where they purchased a mobile home. In order to enjoy their fishing for salmon in Eureka, Calif., they purchased a motorhome and a boat. They also purchased a pontoon boat for fishing with their family and friends. His grandchildren Dwain, Renee and Tony Vinson, enjoyed riding with him in his yellow jeep, sea-do and scooter. Tony and Renee traveled all around the United States, Hawaii and Lithuania until the death of Renee.

~Tony belonged to St. Margaret Mary Church in Bullhead City and to the Knights of Columbus and various other church organizations. He was the church photographer for many years. He was president of the local Saint Vincent DePaul Society for over two decades. He truly loved helping those who needed a helping hand with food, clothing, household goods, and furniture or just listening to them. Whatever the need was Tony tried to meet it.

~Tony was also a member of BHC Police Auxiliary. His duties varied but his favorite was patrolling up and down the Colorado River in the patrol boat and transferring prisoners to Kingman, Ariz. He was a 50 year + member of the Elks Lodge; he also was a member of the Moose Lodge, and the VFW.

~In 2011 Tony moved to Orange, Calif. to live with his granddaughter, Patty Bell and her husband Robert. Tony enjoyed going to ball games with their family, camping and going to the beach and visits to the Elks Lodge. Tony passed away peacefully at Patty and Robert Bell's home in his bed.

~Mr. Remkus was preceded in death by his father, Anton Leon Remkus and mother, Marciana Waranavitch Remkus; his loving and adored wife, Renee Remkus of Bullhead City; his siblings Stanley A Remkus, Albin A Remkus, Charles A Remkus, Birute (Ruth) Remkus, and Mildred R Remkus.

~Mr. Remkus is survived by his step daughters, Dee McCluney her husband Randy of Sun City West, Ariz. and family, Vicki Plaza of Round Lake Beach, Ill. and family (Renee's daughters); his step- daughter, Lillian Henke her husband Carl and family (Helen's daughter). Beverly Baumgart, Diane Scheurer, Thomas Remkus, William Remkus and their families; his cousin, Isabella Urbeliiene of Vilnius Lithuania and family.

~A Requiem Mass was held on December 28, 2013 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Placentia, Calif.

~Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Desert Lawn Funeral Home Crematory & Memorial Gardens, 9250 S. Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley, Ariz. with Father Peter Dobrowski officiating. Refreshments following the service at Desert Lawn Funeral Home.

~Arrangements under the direction of Desert Lawn Funeral Home Crematory & Memorial Gardens.

Funeral Home

Desert Lawn Funeral Home
9250 S. Ranchero Lane Mohave Valley, AZ 86440
(928) 768-5959

Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2014