Anthony Ryan ‘Tony’ Couillard

Nov. 2, 1971 - Sept. 12, 2008

Anthony Ryan “Tony” Couillard of Lindale, Texas, was born to eternal life Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, after a five-year battle with brain cancer at age 36. 

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Tami (nee Morgan); cherished children: son, Austin Couillard (13) of Belton, Texas, daughters, Kailyn (9) and Kamree (7) Couillard of Lindale and stepdaughter, Kylie Henry (13) of Lindale; and his dedicated parents, Connie Christensen (nee Kovacic) of West Allis and Delbert Couillard of Stanley. He was also the beloved brother of Kim Sorensen of New Berlin and Wende Glaser of South Milwaukee. He is further survived by his nieces, Ashley Cuevas and Julia Glaser; great-niece, Sienna Cuevas; nephews, Scott Sorensen and Jack Glaser; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and dear friends, plus his longtime friend, Doug Heinz of Eau Claire, and Darren Conway of Gilmer, Texas.

Anthony was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Louis and Dorothy Kovacic; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Marion Couillard; and uncle, Aaron Couillard.

Anthony was born Nov. 2, 1971, and raised in Waukesha. He attended Butler Middle School in Waukesha and graduated in 1990 from Eau Claire North High School in Eau Claire, where he lettered in varsity football. Anthony served with the U.S. Army from 1990 to 1995 with a tour in Korea.

Anthony was employed at Longview (now Acuren) Inspection, in Longview, Texas, as the operations manager up to his illness in 2003. In his position, he traveled extensively in the United States and overseas. He also was a skilled and creative carpenter.

Anthony’s passion for the great outdoors included riding his Harley, hunting, fishing and attending NASCAR races. He enjoyed camping, boating, 4-wheelin’ and water park activities with his family. Tony and Tami were awesome country-dance partners and enjoyed attending country music concerts.

Tony’s funeral services and burial took place in Longview. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at St. Aloysius Church, 1414 S. 93rd St. (use 92nd Street entrance at Greenfield Avenue), West Allis, followed by a special tribute and potluck dinner in the church’s Gonzaga Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to start a college education fund for Anthony’s children. The Texas memorial can be viewed online at

(Freeman - Oct. 11, 2008)