When Tony Gadberry left us for reasons we will never know or understand, he took with him a piece of each of us who knew and loved him. In this unnatural reordering of events, he left us sad and grieving our loss of him and the hopes, dreams, and expectations that seemed so bright on his horizon.
Anthony Chad-Ernest Gadberry was born in Livingston, Montana, to Rebecca (Carlson) and Sean Alan Gadberry on October 18, 2004. He spent most of his life in Montana, but also enjoyed San Diego and Portland. He left this earth in Livingston, MT on October 5, 2018.
A talented, smart, and precocious young man with sparkling brown eyes and a ready smile, Tony was quick to laugh with his large and loving family. As young as 2 years old he had a natural gift for culinary arts. Throughout his childhood he entertained all of us with his animated story telling, natural ability to play piano, master LEGO building and all-around comedic humor to ensure everyone had a smile to last forever.
An eighth-grader at Sleeping Giant Middle School, Tony participated in band and choir. He had been working diligently with the Sister City Exchange Program, for which he had been chosen to travel to Naganohara, Japan, next year. He frequented the McNair Skatepark, where he spent hours skateboarding with his many friends, often referred to as Rad Gadberry. He enjoyed the outdoors, rafting, camping, playing the piano, film making and video games.
His brother Ivan perhaps best expressed his family’s affections, “I will miss him for the rest of my life and just hope he knew that I loved him.”
Tony is survived by mother, Becki Carlson and father, Sean Gadberry (Courtney Liska); siblings, Mitchell, Coby, Ivan, Sean-Liam, and Evelyn; grandparents Mary and Gene Curry, Russell (Kim) Gadberry, Dianne (Jim) Jones, William (Beverly) Carlson, Geri Lester, and Jim Liska, and Paula and Gary Murphy; aunts and uncles Steven and Cory Carlson, Jeramy (Tanja) Gadberry, and Melissa (Ian) Scott. As well as several cousins, great aunts and uncles including descendants of the original settlers of Suce Creek, Montana, dating back to the woolly mammoth. Preceded in death by uncle Chad Curry.
Though we will no longer hear the sound of Tony’s beautiful voice and bright laughter, our memories of his brief life will remain vivid and alive.
A memorial and celebration of Tony's life will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 13th, hosted at the Livingston Elks Lodge, the only available entrance to the Elks will be on Lewis Street. A reception will follow the service; contact Donna Pace, 406-220-1111 to arrange the potluck meal.
Memorials may be made to the Livingston Sister City Program, P.O. Box 1415, Livingston, MT 59047, or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston.