Anton "Tony" Renner


January 19, 1928 ~ August 28, 2022

Born in: Mandan, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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Anton (Tony) Renner, 94 of Fargo, ND passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his family August 28, 2022.

Tony was born January 19, 1928, the second youngest of sixteen children to Ambrose and Bertha (Schmidt) Renner in Mandan, ND. He grew up on the family farm southwest of Mandan and attended a two room country elementary school. After 8th grade, and before starting high school, he stayed home to work on the family farm for a year and a half because his dad had health problems. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1949 where he played the sousaphone in the high school band, the local Elks band, and the high school Little German Band. He then enrolled at Dakota Business College to study accounting, which was interrupted by military service, returning after service to complete his accounting degree. Tony joined the Army February 13, 1951, serving during the Korean War. He was assigned to the 40th Infantry Division for basic training at Camp Cooke, California and was then assigned to Headquarters Battery of the 140th AAA Battalion as a supply clerk. After 6 months in Japan the 40th Division was transferred to Korea. Ten months later they were rotated back state-side. He was then assigned to the Quartermaster R & D Field Evaluation Agency at Fort Lee Virginia. He volunteered, along with 4 others, to go to Nevada where they witnessed the testing of the Atomic Bomb.

In October 1955 Tony met Dorothy Bettels at the Crystal Ballroom in downtown Fargo, and a year later, on October 22, 1956 they were married. They had four children and made their
home in the Fargo – Moorhead area. In 1956 Tony went to work for Metropolitan Federal Savings and Loan as an accountant and later served as Treasurer until he retired after a 30 year career.

Tony and Dorothy were charter members of Nativity Catholic Church. Tony was a member of the American Legion, the Fargo Elks Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Fargo Cosmopolitan Service Club.

Tony was an avid golfer. He and Dorothy enjoyed many golf outings with friends at the Moorhead Country Club and, after retirement, annual golf trips to southern California for a number of years. In 1997 they purchased a condo in Mesa, AZ where they spent the winter months. In his 80’s Tony achieved perfection, recording a hole-in-one at Painted Mountain Golf Course in Arizona. He enjoyed socializing with good friends, watching Bison football and PGA Golf, and reading 20th century world history.

Tony is survived by his children, Karen (Kevin) Donahue, Keith Renner, Nancy (Rick) Bock, Donna (Bryan) Ackley; grandchildren, Brandon (Tessa Hansen) Donahue, Elizabeth (Troy Anderson) Donahue, Andrea (Daniel) Green, Rev. Brother Michael Donahue,O.P., Courtney Donahue, Nicole Bock, Laura (Dan) Kendall, Joshua Bultman, Christopher Bultman; great grandchildren, Eli, Peter and Olivia Donahue, Sam and Holden Mitzel; sisters, Mary and Clem; and brother, Ed.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; sisters, Ida, Rose, Eva, Bridget, Pauline, Margaret, and Voila; and brothers, Matt, John, Albert, Lawrence, and Nick.

Visitation will take place Friday, September 2, 2022 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, September 3, 2022 at 10:00 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo. Burial will take place at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools, Ethos Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

Tony’s Video Tribute can be viewed below:


Visitation - Friday: September 2, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Prayer Service - Friday: September 2, 2022 7:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Mass - Saturday: September 3, 2022 10:00 am

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo
1825 S 11th St.
Fargo , North Dakota 58103

(701) 232-2414

Visitation - Saturday: September 3, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo
1825 S 11th St.
Fargo , North Dakota 58103

(701) 232-2414

Burial: September 16, 2022 11:00 am

North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery Mandan ND
1825 46th St Mandan ND 58554

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Anton "Tony" Renner 's name.

Ethos Home Care and Hospice

3361 45th Street South Suite 100
Fargo, ND

St. John Paul II Catholic Schools

5600 25th St S
Fargo , ND
(701) 893-3200

Memories Timeline


  1. Donna and family,
    My sympathies to you all during this time of loss. May the memories you have of your time with him help you through the days ahead.

  2. Dear Nancy and extended family,
    I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing on. But rejoice that he has been reunited with your mother in his great reward with our Lord. God bless his soul.

  3. Karen, Nancy, Donna and Keith,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. He and your Mom were such kind people and they will be greatly missed. Prayers and blessings on all of you. Love, Connie Dunn

  4. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Tony. Tony and Dorothy were very special neighbors of ours. Please accept our sympathy and prayers.

  5. My sincerest condolences for all of your families at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and I wish you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. I will always remember Tony as one of the nicest persons I have ever known.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Tony’s presence at Casa de Paz, especially at our SMSS meetings as he was a founding brother.
    Deb and Mark Johansen

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