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Anthony "Tony" Gerrald Dige
April 5, 1953 - October 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 64

Tony was born on a beautiful Easter morning, April 5, 1953 to parents, Arnold and Adeline (Hansen) Dige of Sidney. He was the third child born in a farm family that eventually grew to six children. Tony attended local schools and upon graduation in 1972, joined the U.S. Navy. After having served in the Pacific, with memorable visits to Japan and New Zealand, he was honorably discharged in 1976. Tony went on to attend Hennepin Vo-Tech School in Bloomington, MN, earning his Boiler’s License.
Tony returned to Sidney and served as the delivery driver for the Sidney Cleaners and later the Sidney Herald. He always had a joke to share at each stop on his route, winning life-long friendships. Tony was also involved on the family’s sugar beet farm, driving truck at harvest.
Tony was an avid reader and had incredible memory recall. From a young age, he excelled at games of strategy such as chess, checkers and family favorite, Twixt. He taught his siblings the finer points of these games but he won nearly every match. Tony especially looked forward to attending Dige family reunions where he could visit with more than one hundred extended family members, enjoy favorite Danish foods and win the chess title in the “Dige Olympics”.
For much of his adulthood, Tony suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental health condition. The Richland County Mental Health staff and clients became a second family for him, providing care, meals and support for many years for which we are grateful. The Dige family is most appreciative of the support and friendship given by Mrs. Nancy Trudell.
His family and friends are comforted by the fact that Tony knew his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and he is now made perfect in Heaven. Tony passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, October 6, 2017 from an apparent heart attack.
Tony is survived by his parents, Arnold and Adeline; his brother Russell (Janice) Dige, Sidney, MT; sisters, Lynn Stegmaier, Northfield, MN, Pat (Dale) Powell, Scranton, ND, Marilyn (Steve) Pust, Savage, MT and Becky (Dave) Reidle, Sidney, MT; nieces and nephews, Shirley Turner, Paul and Amanda Dige, Jan, Robyn and Katie Stegmaier, Christy, Mark and Jonathan Powell, Trevor and Erick Pust, Shelby and Shanyn Reidle.
Tony was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Emma Dige, Frederick and Johanna Hansen; and brother-in-law, Robert Stegmaier.


Memorial Contribution
In lieu of sending flowers, charitable contributions can be made to Pella Lutheran Church or the Foundation for Community Care.

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kristy l ranch (sidney, mt)
Oct 11, 2017
i amso sorry to hear about tony rip he will be miss
FAYE HAYES (SIdney, MT)
Oct 12, 2017
Thanks for the Friendship
Gail and Bill Long (Sidney, Mt.)
Oct 12, 2017
we will miss you,until we meet again ,adieu my friend.
Paul and Beth Groshart (Maricopa, Arizona)
Oct 13, 2017
Russell and family, sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours
M J Jarmon (Midland City, Alabama)
Oct 13, 2017
I just read about the recent death of Tony and I know the Dige family and loved ones have saddened hearts today. So I wanted to share beautiful scripture where our heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18), promises us that he is going to do away with man's greatest enemy, death. Rev. 21: 4; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) . Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 It is my prayer this scripture will give you comfort in your grief. If you feel up to contacting me, my email address is: myranj@centurytel.net
Kathy (Hanna) Wachter (Bismarck, ND)
Oct 13, 2017
Please accept my sincere sympathy to your entire family on the unexpected death of Tony.

In friendship and shared tears...
Larry Elletson (Ellicott City , MD)
Oct 13, 2017
Condolences to the Dige family. Tony and I were classmates at SSHS and we went through the same confirmation class at Pella.
Lisa Frounfelter Baardson
Oct 15, 2017
Your all in my thoughts and Prayers, God Bless xoxo
Jodi Berry (Sidney, MT)
Oct 16, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about Tony. I looked forward to a quick chat with him everyday and hearing his latest jokes. He was such a goodhearted person, he will definitely be missed.
Wanda Mitchell (Virginia Beach, VA)
Oct 16, 2017
Surprised and sad to read of Tony' s passing. We had many conversations throughout the years when we ran into each other. My condolences to the family.
Sheila Broyhill (Zahl, NORTH DAKOTA)
Oct 20, 2017
So sorry. Take comfort in knowing that God intends to resurrect our loved ones so that we can continue our association with them! John 5:28-29
Kathy Tobiason (Sidney, Montana)
Oct 26, 2017
my deepest sympathy to you at the loss of your loved one. R.I.P. Tony
Michele Cholewinski (Victorville, California)
Nov 13, 2017
My son and I send our deepest sympathy to Tony's family and friends. Tony was always very nice to us when we saw him at the family reunions.
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