KILLDEER CENTENNIAL | Wetschs to serve as grand marshals for parade

Tony and Mickey Wetsch are lifelong residents of Killdeer and will represent their hometown as grand marshals of its Centennial Parade.

Tony and Mickey Wetsch to serve as grand marshals for centennial parade
Tony and Mickey Wetsch to serve as grand marshals for centennial parade

By MAGGIE PIATZ | Staff Reporter

Tony and Mickey Wetsch are lifelong residents of Killdeer and will represent their hometown as grand marshals of its Centennial Parade.

Tony, 88, was born June 30, 1926 and grew up one-block east of his current home. He is considered quite the “jokester” and when giving his age, he makes the comment, “If I would have known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”

The couple owned a family grocery store and butcher shop that was started in 1915 by Tony’s father and uncle. Tony was well-known for his tiger meat and still has requests for it.

It is believed that Tony is the oldest resident that was born and raised in Killdeer. He says he is proud of his Killdeer roots.

Mickey, 85, contracted with the school district and taught part time for about seven years. She was on the school board in Killdeer for 13 years.

She played an active role beside her husband of nearly 64 years.

Together they have three children – one daughter, Tracey of Bismarck; two sons, Todd of Dickinson and Eric of Louisville.

Over the years the couple have been involved with the Lions Club, the Town Criers, and many other organizations. Tony was a volunteer fireman in Killdeer until he retired.

As grand marshals, the two will ride in a 1926 Ford Model T. They have owned the car since the 1980s.

Tony was quick to share that Tony Helfrich, a friend, neighbor and fellow fireman rebuilt the Model T for him.


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