Tony Messenger, 58, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ascension via Christi, St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. He was born Jan. 22, 1961, in Dumas, Texas, the son of Neil D. and Lanelle D. (Creach) Messenger.
Tony grew up as a young child in Middlewell, Texas. He moved with his family to Garden City in 1972 where he attended schools and graduated from Garden City High School. On Nov. 17, 1979, he married Jacqueline "Jackie" Dreiling in Garden City. They lived in Garden City until 2018 when they moved to Bel Aire, Kan. Tony worked most of his life in the beef packing industry where he worked for IBP and later for Cargill. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Garden City. Tony enjoyed dirt track racing, playing cards especially poker, going to the casinos, the Dallas Cowboys and loved to spend time with his grandchildren.
Tony is survived by his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Messenger of the home; two children, Jeremy Messenger and Jessica Bakken and husband Michael both of Wichita; a brother, Daniel Neil Messenger and wife Chris of Garden City; sisters, Rickilene Emery and husband Joe of Bel Aire, Kan., Deborah Mossman and husband Patrick of Kerrville, Texas, and Marty Dinkel and husband Daryl of Garden City; and two grandchildren, Brady Bakken and Madelyn Bakken.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Thomas Edward Messenger; a brother, Gary Edward Messenger; and a nephew, Devin Scott Emery.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Garden City. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.
The family suggests memorials given to the First United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.