Anthony “Tony” Polanchek, 75, Gillette, died Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Tony was born July 5, 1945 in Dickinson, North Dakota, the third of five children, to Frank and Joyce Reul Polanchek. He was raised in the Belfield community.
Tony was drafted into the Army December 1965 and served in the Viet Nam war until December 1967. He was very proud of his country and being able to serve it. He had several nephews whom he was so proud of because of their military service.
Upon returning, he met the love of his life, Richelia “Richie” Kessel, and after a very short courtship they were married at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church on September 26, 1970. They spent 50 wonderful years making a lifetime of memories with so many family and friends.
Tony worked in all aspects of the oil and gas industry throughout his life, retiring from Anadarko in 2007. Upon retirement, he enjoyed taking care of his grandchildren. They were both the apple of his eye. He loved those two babies more than anything and would be there for them at the drop of a hat. He loved taking them on many camping adventures. He also enjoyed taking care of his wife and spoiling her rotten.
He loved spending time in the Big Horn Mountains, Keyhole, and Lake DeSmet. Camping, boating, fishing, and ATV’ing were his favorite pastimes. Tony also enjoyed reading and watching old westerns. Tony was a proud lifetime member of St. Mathews Catholic Church, the VFW, the American Legion, and Knights of Columbus.
Tony is survived by his wife, Richelia “Richie”; two daughters, Toni Jo (Alan) Sweet and grandson, Michael of Casper, WY; Tonya (Chris) Adam and granddaughter, Haddie of Billings, MT; sister, Eva (Monte) Brimmer; brother, Rodney Polanchek; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, who were very dear to him. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, David “Shorty” Polanchek; sister, Geraldine “Dolly” Buzalsky; nephew, Jed Polanchek and niece, Rhonda Buzalsky.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Father Cliff Jacobson officiating. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Vigil starting at 6:00 p.m.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.