Published: Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Anthony J. Tony Quinn was always proud to say that he was from Hudson Flat, 45 miles northeast of Philip, S.D. He was born Dec. 4, 1929, to Peter and Charlotte (Phalen) Quinn. He was the youngest of five children. His siblings were Jack, Margaret, Elizabeth and Leo.
In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and took Basic Training in Kentucky. After that, he was stationed in France, but due to medical issues he was medically discharged and came home to South Dakota in 1953.
In 1954, he moved to Rapid City, S.D., and spent the next 40 years working for Hackett Construction, which is now Gustafson Builders. He started out as an apprentice and worked his way up (with the help and education from some great guys) to become a superintendent. He retired in 1995. Some of his greatest jobs were the Catholic Church in Fort Pierre, S.D., the Federal Building in Rapid City, the remodel of the Evans Hotel into low income apartments for the elderly in Hot Springs, S.D., and the control tower at Ellsworth (S.D.) Air Force Base.
On June 1, 1956, he married Esther Young of Fairburn, S.D., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Rapid City.
Anthony and Esther had two children—James Anthony in 1963 and Anna Marie in 1968. Esther passed away in 1996—it was a great loss but he carried on whether it was having coffee with the guys at McDonald's, enjoying a meal at Millstone or spending time at his brother Jack's farm on Hudson Flat.
One thing he was very proud of was his part in the Knights of Columbus. A devout Catholic, he joined in 1948 when he was 18. He was the first Grand Knight of the St. Therese Council 8025 and was also awarded South Dakota Knight of Year in the spring of 1989.
Whether it was his family, construction or the Knights, he put his whole heart into it.
Tony died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Custer Regional Senior Care. He was 83.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; parents sister, Margaret; brother, Jack; and two nephews, Joe and Tom.
Tony is survived by his son, Jim Quinn (and special friend, Bonnie White Buffalo) of Rapid City; daughter, Anna Marie (Joel) Harsma of Rapid City; sister, Elizabeth Berry of St. Cloud, Minn.; brother, Leo (Joyce) of Rapid City; sister-in-law, Donna Quinn of Millesville, S.D.; four special cousins, Kevin, Eamon, Emmet and Plunkett of Northern Ireland; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were Jan. 4 at Church of St. Therese, the Little Flower in Rapid City with the Rev. William Zandri officiating. Interment with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota Army Reserve National Guard followed at Fairburn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established to Alzheimer's Research.
His online guestbook is available to sign at www.osheimschmidt.com.
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