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Anton 'Tony' Zabolotny

Anton "Tony" Zabolotny, 86, Killdeer, died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at MedCenter One, Bismarck. Tony's funeral service is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Kil...

Anton "Tony" Zabolotny, 86, Killdeer, died peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006, at MedCenter One, Bismarck.

Tony's funeral service is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Killdeer with the Rev. Aanen Gjovik officiating. Interment will follow at the Killdeer Cemetery with military honors provided by the Killdeer American Legion, Ezra Barrows Post #46.

Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, and continues one hour prior to services at the church. There is a prayer service at 7 p.m. today at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson.

Anton "Tony" Alex Zabolotny was born Dec. 14, 1919, to Alex and Katie (Velenchenko) Zabolotny in the Fayette community. He completed eighth grade in the Little Knife School District and then farmed with his dad and uncle until enlisting in the Navy in 1942. Tony served for over three years, including a tour of duty in the Pacific, as a proud Seabee until his honorable discharge in December 1945.

On Oct. 24, 1949, Tony married Bernel Hurinenko. They lived on the farm west of Killdeer for almost 29 years, having been blessed with six children, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren throughout their 57 years of marriage.

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Tony and Bernel belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church, Killdeer. Tony served on the church council and various committees. He was active with the Ezra Barrows American Legion, including serving as commander.

He also served as a director on the Killdeer Area Development Corporation, the Farmers Union Elevator and the Killdeer Mall Association, along with being a member of the Killdeer Lions Club and the Town Criers.

Tony, unhappy with having to travel back and forth to Dickinson for parts, decided to build an implement dealership in Killdeer. Thus, Prairie Implement was born.

While trying to help the community grow, he invested in such things as Power Sports Marine, the Kegler, Roundup Lanes, the Laundromat and a beauty salon. In addition, he built rental homes to encourage newcomers to town.

Tony, along with Bernel, committed themselves to the construction of the Hill Top Home of Comfort. With their generous and dedicated support, this major project became a reality for area residents in 1988.

Even after moving to town, he enjoyed spending his time on the farm. While at the farm, he liked to go through all his little treasures he acquired from his many trips to local auctions.

Tony loved doing things with his family, from pushing around his great-granddaughter on his walker to attending many birthday parties, graduations and weddings. He loved playing cards with his many friends and family.

Tony was a quiet man, his actions speaking volumes for the kind, compassionate and generous individual people knew him to be.

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Tony is survived by and will be forever missed by his wife, Bernel; their six children, Karen Barnes, Minot, Carol (Bill) Schaller, Killdeer, Judy (Paul) Dolezal, Mountain View, Wyo., Larry Zabolotny, Killdeer, Jerry Zabolotny, Rapid City and Jon (Deanne) Zabolotny, Bismarck; two sisters, Lena Norberg, Killdeer, and Margaret (Clarence) Norberg, Florida; 13 grandchildren, Kristopher (fiancée-Teri Melin) Barnes, Michael Barnes, Angi (Jake) Lewis, Gretchen Schaller, Richard (Amber) Dolezal, Jonathan (Jessie) Dolezal, Lee (Bobbi) Dolezal, Jim Dolezal, Crystal Zabolotny, Brian Zabolotny, Jaclyn Zabolotny, Mariah Zabolotny and Kailee Zabolotny; nine great-grandchildren, Keegan Melin, Ashley Galster, Dainara Galster, Kamden Lewis, Emiree Lewis, Jackson Dolezal, Sam Dolezal, Timber Dolezal and Abagael Zabolotny.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Jeff Schaller; one sister, Anna Zabolotny; and one brother-in-law, Glenn Norberg.

(Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson)

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