Anthony “Tony” John Streit
Date posted - August 19, 2016
There was a funeral service for Tony at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on August 9th in Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, family suggest that memorial donations be made to the Hospice of Fort Collins.
Anthony was born on January 31, 1925, to Anthony and Mary Streit in Ashton Iowa, growing up on a farm, 1 of 9 children. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s High School. Shortly after graduation, Tony enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He was assigned as a crew member on a B-17 bomber and then later to the B-29. After the war he attended Creighton University for two years, then he graduated from a baseball umpire school in Florida. Recognizing civil work opportunities in the territory of Alaska, Tony attended and graduated from land surveying school. He then went to work for the US Government as a surveyor and was assigned to help build Anchorage International Airport in Alaska. Tony continued to work in Alaska for Green Construction for several years completing the airport in Anchorage, building the Seward Highway through Moose Pass, and then upgrading the Richardson Trail into a workable highway between Valdez and Fairbanks. On January 3, 1952, he married Mary Ann Frederick in Ashton, Iowa, and returned to Alaska with his new bride for one more construction season in the Black Rapids area. This was an exciting time for both Tony and Mary, Alaska was always a special place for Tony. Work opportunities slowed down in Alaska and Tony and Mary returned to Iowa and ran a steak house for many years. In retirement, Tony and Mary retired to Fort Collins Colorado.
Tony is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Streit, son Jeff (Felicia) Streit, of Palmer, AK, daughter, Susan Wheeler of Solana Beach, CA, and daughter Laura Streit of Fort Collins. Grandchildren Travis Wheeler, Jessica (Joey) Greenberg, Landon (Denae) Streit, Ashley (Jay) Robinson, Greg Stocker and Garrett Streit. Tony is also survived by six great grandchildren and his two sisters, Kathleen Richter and Betty Dewall. Predeceased by his son Bradley, brothers Don, Leonard, Paul, Bob, and Jim and sister Marion. One amazing feat, was that all 5 brothers were married over 50 years to their spouses. Tony was well known for his kindness and gentleness to everyone he met. He was never one to complain or say something bad about anyone, he accepted people as who they were, and always seeing the good in others. Tony was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoying the outdoors. Tony along with his wife Mary took many trips to Alaska to hunt and fish.
Tony was a “gentle soul” that his family and friends will greatly missed
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