Antonio M. “Tony” Guardiola, Jr.

Antonio M. “Tony” Guardiola, Jr.

March 25, 1992 – April 1, 2018

Age 26.  CELEBRATION OF LIFE Service will be held on Saturday, April 7th at 11am at the West Center Chapel; military honors by American Legion Post 331.   Memorials are suggested to the Manuel Guardiola Education Fund.


Tony passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018. He was born in Omaha and grew up in Minden, NE, Grand Island, NE and Omaha. He attended Northwest High School in Grand Island and graduated from Omaha South High School in 2010.

Following high school he entered the United States Army. He quickly became a Sergeant and served his country in the United States Army Infantry for 7 years, including 4 years in the Honor Guard at Fort Meyers, VA.  He was a team leader and squad leader throughout his years of service, and served overseas in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Antonio is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Ruth (Blanco) Guardiola; son, Manuel Guardiola; two stepchildren, Priscilla Nino Blanco and Anthony Nino; parents, Antonio Guardiola, Teresa (Antillon) Methe and Gerry Methe; brothers, Miguel and Sesly Guardiola, Noah Banks, Christian Guardiola, Sebastian Guardiola, and Elijah Guardiola; sisters, Hannah Guardiola and Alejandra Guardiola; along with numerous family and friends whom he loved dearly and they loved him back in return. Preceded in death by uncles, Mario Antillon and Gilbert Antillon.

Antonio was a loving and caring man. He is truly beloved, our beloved, the one whom we believe in faithfully devoting all of our love to, to forever cherish, better or for worse, with no limitations, death shall not part us.






  • David Batzin Posted April 2, 2018 1:23 pm

    Tony, in the short time I knew you and the few times I met you and hung out we always had a good and fun time with our families. You guys gave me and my siblings the honor of being at the wedding. You also opened your home to us and allowed us to stay after, which we’ll be forever grateful. I wish I would have gone to visit one more time before God called another angel home. Just know I’ll always be there for your family as if it were my own, and everyone that had the great opportunity to meet you and spend time with you knows what a great man you were and you are loved by all. Until we meet again brother, Sgt. Guardiola.

  • Blake Fenton Posted April 2, 2018 8:10 pm

    When I became a squad leader he was my first and only choice for an alpha team leader. He was an amazing soldier and a better person. The world is truly at a darker place without his presence.

  • Raziel Rivefa Posted April 2, 2018 8:18 pm

    Hey big sarge, thanks for being my mentor and showing me what you knew and holding me to the highest standard. You were the epitome of how a soldier/man should carry himself, on and off duty. You are a great father, husband, and friend, as true as they get. One hell of a dude, definitely one I’d have with me during a firefight. You’re attitude, charisma, and infectious enthusiasm would turn the darkest days into rays of sunshine, your resiliency was unmatched. You’re potential was unlimited and was constantly reaching new heights. I loved you like my own brother. Rest easy brother, we’ll see each other again in Valhalla.

  • Kevin fielding Posted April 2, 2018 8:48 pm

    Always had the best time with you on details, field training events or even CQ literally no matter the situation you always found humor in it and everyone loved that always made people laugh. I’ll never forget when I had the bus driver detail I hated it yet you showed up and made it fun saying “bump that young Kodak black tunnel vision” then whenever the pogs would complain telling them to shut up and enjoy the ride ad I’ll never forget it’s Bhobalate bhip bookies never chocolate chip cookies you’ll be missed brother much love from me

  • Duane Mills Posted April 2, 2018 11:28 pm

    I send my deepest and most sincere condolences to the Guardiola family. Tony was one of the best leaders I could say I’ve ever had during my service. Though this is a truly sad moment, please remember the countless lives he’s saved by being such an amazing leader for the mass. My mind lies in despair but my heart hurts more for you all.
    Sincerely, The Mills Family

  • Andrew Skillman Posted April 4, 2018 5:39 am


    Amy and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jose “Chato” Garcia Posted April 4, 2018 11:50 am

    As a Vietnam vet, as a Father of an Iraq War, vet,as as a nephew who saw four Tios go off to WW 2, tbe Korean War, I send our Condolences to the Familia of a Comrade, a Warrior, a member of the respected Guardiola Family…and to Junior’s esposa, his children……..Your service, your devotion, your HUMANITY….WILL LIVE Forever.

  • Jorge Gomez Posted April 4, 2018 7:58 pm

    I loved having dinner with your family countless veces, even one time staying up all night on a Christmas eve to help your dad wrap yal presents. By then you were pretty grown (way taller than me lol) think just finishing up high school. This last time I saw you you were a man serving our country, no longer that little kid I first saw in that picture on your dad’s wall almost 20 years ago. I loved how you always included us in your family, made us feel at home and became our unofficial nephew. I never seen you give your ol man problemas, always a good kid, high spirited, loving, pleasant and funny. I was deeply saddened by your familia’s, and everyone that knew you’s loss. May you rest in peace. Ton Ton. You will always be with us, never forgotten, forever missed with love.
    Uncle George, Angelito.

  • Marcos Diaz Posted April 4, 2018 9:16 pm

    Still cannot believe this is real, my brother.. You Taught me so much about the Army and being a great leader. You were someone I considered a friend for life. One of the most charismatic, and fearless men I had the honor of knowing. We layed many, many, soldiers to rest my brother and now you can Rest In Peace now. DCo 1St Platoon Escort March!!

  • Travis Turner Posted April 6, 2018 8:38 pm

    Sergeant Guardiola was one of the fairest, most professional, and knowledgeable NCOs I ever had the pleasure of working with during my time in the Army. He led by example. He had integrity. He embodied each Army Value the way you would hope an NCO would. Although his death saddens me beyond belief, I can’t help but acknowledge the fact that I am a better man, and certainly was a better soldier, for having known him. Rest in peace. Delta Company forever. One Legion. Old Guard.

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