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Funeral services for Anthony "Tyck" Andrew Fischtziur, Sr, 96, of Ore City are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana with Father Mark Dunn officiating. Burial will be at the Kelsey Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana, TX. Mr. Fischtziur died March 18, 2016 at Pine Tree Nursing Home, Longview, TX. Anthony was of the Catholic faith. Mr. Fischtziur was born July 20, 1919 to Stephen Fischtziur and Helen Ida Chirico in Empire, Plaquemines Parrish, LA. He lived in Empire during his childhood years and later, Port Sulphur, LA after Military Service. He was drafted into the Army after Pearl Harbor and served two years in Fort Screven, Tybee Island, GA. and served in the 1051st Engineers Corp. in North Africa, Casablanca, Palermo, Sicily, Naples, Italy, France and Germany. Upon discharged on July 9, 1945, as Master Sergeant, he returned to the United States. Anthony was married to Norma Gwendolyn Alexander of Kelsey, Upshur County, on January 1, 1941 in Gretna, LA. A daughter, Madaline, was born while he was in Italy. They lived in Port Sulphur, LA where a son, Anthony, Jr. was born soon after. They all moved to Kelsey, TX in 1949 where Anthony went into the dairy business with his father-in-law, Jim Alexander and went to Farm School for four years to learn more about dairy and other farming. He got a job working at Lone Star Steel and worked there as a Millwright in the rolling mill until he retired early at age 62 in 1981. Anthony and Norma had many happy years together, traveled extensively in their RV and went to many of his Army Engineer�s Reunions all over the U.S. They lived in Ore City the rest of their lives and raised their children there. Gina, a daughter, was a later addition to the family in August 1956. She brought much joy to their lives. Anthony was a cherished husband, Dad to three, Granddaddy to six, Great-granddaddy to eight and Great-great-granddaddy to four, son, brother, and uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Helen Fischtziur, beloved wife, Norma, brothers, Johnny, Peter, Joseph; and sisters, Katy Carevich and Julia Guey, Granddaughter, Lindsay Brasher Bonnette and special friend, Dottie Rush. He is survived by his children, Madaline and Keith Barber of Gilmer, Andy and Leslie Fischtziur of Greenville, and Gina and Ferrel Taylor of Longview; a sister, Elma Phillips, Belle Chasse, LA; Grandchildren, ReDonna Holden of Frisco, TX, Alisa Reneau of Pine Tree, Gavin and Claire Copeland of Frisco, Michelle and Sonny Geary of Broken Arrow, OK and Tony and Amanda Brasher; Great-grandchildren, Rayvin and Miguel Morales of Spring Hill, Chase Pullen of Pine Tree, Jaiden Reneau of Gilmer, Caroline and Jack Copeland of Frisco, Andrew and Clayton Geary of Broken Arrow, OK and Kannon Bonnette of Ore City; Great-great-grandchildren, Alex Hemenway, Ayden and Aliana Morales, Lilly Pullen of Pine Tree and special friend, Maxine Laws. Pallbearers will be Tony Brasher, Gavin Copeland, Andrew Geary, Miguel Morales, Chase Pullen and Jack Copeland. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home in Diana.
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