GLADSTONE - Anton "Tony" Valencic, 92, of 6116 N. Burntwood 21.8 Drive, Gladstone, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.
Tony was born Feb. 5, 1922, in Gladstone, the son of Anton and Katherine (Medvedic) Valencic. He was raised in Kipling and graduated from Gladstone High School, class of 1940. In 1942, Tony was drafted into the United States Army, serving during World War II. Throughout his enlistment Tony received medals of accommodation which included, Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon W/1 Silver Battle Star, one Bronze Battle Star, four Overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe, Good Conduct Medal and Bronze Service Arrowhead for the amphibious invasion of Sicily and later Ste Maxine, France. He was a demolition specialist with Company B 2831st Engineer Combat Battalion.
Upon his honorable discharge, Tony received his engineers degree in Milwaukee. He moved to Sacramento, Calif., where he worked at McClellan Air Force Base for the Department of the Air Force in Logistics Command Communications/Electronics Maintenance from 1950 until his retirement in 1987. He met his future wife, Vivian, when she was assigned as his helper in 1952. The focus of his career was in radar and in 1984 as a civilian manager he received a citation for his contributions in designing a unique air traffic control radar test. He enjoyed his retirement in Sacramento until 2008 when he returned to Gladstone.
Tony enjoyed photography, videography and traveling the world.
Survivors include: wife, Vivian Mabry of Gladstone; stepdaughters, Virginia (James) Lemly of Poteau, Okla., and Rosalind Heck of Gladstone; sister-in-law, Eileen Valencic of Gladstone; niece, Jody (Joseph) Bugay of Gladstone; nephews, Joseph Valencic Jr. of Gladstone and Edward Valencic of Appleton, Wis.; numerous great nieces and nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rudy and Joseph; and sister, Mary.
Private graveside services will be held at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone. Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 will follow. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Valencic family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Valencic family.