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Funeral services will take place on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM (Mountain).

Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 10, at the Kadoka City Auditorium

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In memory of

Tony Gould

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at his daughter's home in Pierre, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family at the age of 65

Anthony Louis "Tony" Gould was born on January 20, 1957 in Kadoka, to Shirley (Rittel) and the late Gene Gould. He joined his brother Gene, and later would have two little brothers, Jerald and David.

Tony grew up in Kadoka and there’s not a person in town who hasn’t met him. He was deeply connected and rooted in the Kadoka Community his entire life. Tony was a reliable and steady citizen that considered everyone in town a friend. He loved the people, his job and the town to his core.

Tony was an avid sports lover, player and fan. He was always up for watching or playing almost any sport. A lifelong Kadoka Kougar, Tony began as a basketball player in high school and later cheered on generations of Kougar athletes from the sidelines. He especially loved to cheer on his own daughters. Tony also played softball, but was most well known as a fantastic bowler.

Tony began bowling when the Kadoka High School team needed someone to fill in when he was just an 8th grader. This started decades of bowling league and tournaments with his teammates, Dale O’Connell, Bill Stone, and Tom Struble. The four of them traveled to tournaments around the area and enjoyed trips to the South Dakota State Bowling tournaments and to Las Vegas.

Tony always looked on the bright side. This was useful for his two other hobbies: fishing and the Minnesota Vikings. Always optimistic, his tales of fishing maybe were a bit exaggerated and he always had faith the Vikings would “pull one out.” Never one to miss a Vikings game or an opportunity to fish, he always believed both would be successful!

Just as Tony was loyal to his Vikings and the Kougars, he was to his job. Tony started working at the People’s Market a year after high school and stayed until his very end. For nearly 45 years he was behind the meat counter slicing deli meats, giving a patron a joke or tease or sneaking a treat to his littlest customers. He loved working in the store and visiting shoppers just as much as they enjoyed stopping to visit with him. Tony “came with the store” when Joe Leutenegger purchased the store in the 80s. When Joe’s daughter Shawna and husband Rich took over the store, Tony considered them a special part of his own family, not just his employer. Tony loved his job and could always be counted on to give customers a friendly smile, a joke or two, help them find whatever they needed, or guide someone along with advice and a hug.

Tony was deeply dedicated to his family and those he loved. He was greatly patriotic and loved collecting memorabilia, sports trading cards and historic treasures. He loved having company and always made time for visitors. He laughed loudly and often, and will be missed greatly by all.

Tony was preceded in death by his father Gene and brothers Gene and Jerald.

Tony is survived by his mother Shirley Gould of Sturgis, brother David of Gillette, WY, daughters Shelia (Mike) Wenk, Eian, Deklyn and Ramsey of Pierre; Shalina McClelland, Anniston, Emerson and Riggs of Pierre; step-daughter Shalista (Dwayne) Anderson, Kenedi, Somer, Pryce and Piper of Sioux Falls; nephews Jerad, Jeremy, and Jacob Gould of Mosinee, Wi, whom Tony loved dearly; Aunts Rose Nelson of Midland, Leona Fredlund of Newell, Janice Schuller of Rapid City and Doris Park of Spearfish; Special friends, Shawna and Rich Bendt and the entire People’s Market family; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends, too numerous to mention.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 10, at the Kadoka City Auditorium.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 11, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gus Craven officiating.

Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery at later date.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 5-7 p.m.
City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Friday, November 11, 2022 - 1:00 p.m.
City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Pastor Gus Craven

“Daddy’s Hands”
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Go Rest High on That Mountain”

Eian Miller - Jeremy Gould
Buddy Anderson - Pryce Anderson

Somer Anderson

Shalista Anderson - Harry Weller

Craig Coller - Grant Patterson - Rich Bendt
Tom Struble - David Gould - Jerrod Gould

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota

  • I was sorry to hear the news about Tony. It was always a pleasure to run into him at the grocery store. A positive force and a nice fellow. My condolences to his family, friends and community during this difficult time of loss and celebration of life. ~ Jean Laughton Interior (11/13/2022)
  • South Dakota ~ Donna Amiotte WANBLEE (11/12/2022)
  • Tony was a great guy who will be missed by the whole community! Thinking of his family and sending prayers!! ~ Mark and Jayme Williams and family Kadoka (11/11/2022)
  • SOUTH DAKOTA ~ Lavonne Carlson Kadoka (11/11/2022)
  • Very difficult to say goodbye to Tony, simply the best!! We were classmates for many years graduating in the class of ‘76. Always marveled at his athletic ability, making long shots when they were still a 2-pointer. And could he bowl!! But mostly remember the visits we would have through the years at the store when he carried your groceries out. Gone way too soon but lived his life with kindness and a smile. Will miss him!! Prayers to all his family. ~ Barb Petoske Sioux Falls (11/10/2022)
  • Tony was truly special. I knew him through the store and bowling. He always had a smile for everyone. He made a lot of memories with family and friends, to be shared and enjoyed by all. Special prayers for you all!! ~ Ann cvach Midland, SD (11/9/2022)
  • Our deepest sympathy to the family. Tony was an awesome friend with an amazing spirit. ~ Shannon & Pat Gartner Interior, SD (11/9/2022)
  • Tony was a great friend to me and will never forget him! Rest In Peace my friend! ~ Kelly Rock Indian Land, South Carolina (11/9/2022)
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    P.O. Box 8. —102 Shelby street my sincere sympathy to Shirley and Tony’s family. I thought the world of tony. He was such a good person and friend. He was so kind and did a lot for people that no one ever knew about. Doing all of this from the goodness of his heart. Tony is now free from earthly pain and is resting peacefully in the prescence of our lord . My prayers are with all the family.
    ~ Joanne stilwell Rhodhiss, North Carolina (11/9/2022)
  • Dear family of Tony,
    I am sorry for your loss. Tony truly was a constant in Kadoka and remembered everyone he ever met and their children. I imagine Tony and our Harvey in Heaven, having conversations about the Vikings vs. Packers, softball, and trading cards! Bless him!
    ~ Karen Byrd Kadoka (11/8/2022)
  • As he was to many, T was my friend. A great guy with a better attitude towards life. He treated everyone the same and was always up for a chat. Kadoka will miss him. ~ John Riggins Mount Hope, Kansas (11/8/2022)
  • So sad! Tony was such a super person. He certainly was a staple of that community. My condolences to his family. ~ Steph Carlson Rapid City (11/8/2022)
  • Tony was a very good person to all who met him. If only more people would treat all like he did. ~ Sharon and Delmar Bowes and families Rapid City SD (11/8/2022)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Tony’s family. Tony was one of the good ones. ~ Tom and Jill Alfieri Sioux Falls (11/7/2022)
  • Very sorry to hear of the loss your family is dealing with. Tony was part of Kadoka and known to all. He was kind and always had a smile for you when you went to the store,it will not be the same without him. ~ Deb Bosanco~Hall Egan,S.D. (11/6/2022)
  • Tony was so kind to me. Someone I looked up to. He did make a difference in so many peoples lives. ~ Clinton Iwan 21515 W JACOBS RD (11/6/2022)
  • Love you grandpa watch over us all until we see you again ~ Pryce Andersom Mitchell South Dakota (11/6/2022)
  • Shelia, Shalina and Shalista - Your dad left this world too soon but he loved you, taught you and showed you everything you need to make him proud. He will be looking down on you from above. Love you all. ~ Rose Ann Wendell Pierre (11/6/2022)
  • You are now in God’s loving arms, no more pain or sorrow. We will miss you in the store and you will be missed by your bowling team, family and friends. You will be another Angel in Heaven among the choir of angels.
    ~ Betty Lou Stratton Pierre, SD (11/5/2022)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss.Prayers are with you during this difficult time. ~ Rebecca ( Tootie ) Formanek York , Nebraska (11/5/2022)
  • Tony was definitely one of the Good Ones…Until we meet again 💕 ~ Don & Susie Mitchell (11/5/2022)
  • May the loving arms of God wrap around you and carry you peacefully to heaven Tony. You will be missed by so many.
    Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    ~ Ellie Bettelyoun Martin SD (11/5/2022)
  • Sending hugs and prayers to all of the family. ~ Linda Stilwell Kadoka (11/5/2022)