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Obituaries from the week of July 23, 2003

Philip F. Cummiskey, 88

Services for Philip Francis Cummiskey, 88, of Currie, were held on Wed., July 23, 2003 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie. Mr. Cummiskey passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2003 at the Tracy Hospital.

Monsignor Paul Evers officiated. Organist was Patty LeClaire and song leader was Kayo Silvernale. Pallbearers were Dick Kahnk, Steve Schreier, John Paden, Vince Schreier, Calex Pommier and Jerry Bassett. Funeral arrangements were handled by Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton. Interment was at the Calvary Cemetery in Currie. Military honors were handled by the Currie American Legion Post.

Phil was born on August 26, 1914 on a farm in Shetek Township, Murray County, MN to Philip and Catherine Ewen Cummiskey. He grew up on the family farm, north of Currie, and graduated from IHM High School. He farmed with his brothers.

Phil enlisted in the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Currie and worked for Lindberg Construction for several years.

Phil managed the Currie Liquor Store and the American Legion for many years.

He lived with his brother, Gerald and sisters, Veronica and Agnes. They all moved into Currie in 1979 and Phil continued to work at the American Legion until his retirement.

He was a life member of IHM Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He prayed the rosary every day. He belonged to the Currie American Legion and the Currie Town and Country Club.

Phil enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, gardening, fishing, and was a Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He loved to visit with relatives and many friends.

He is survived by his sister, Beatrice Caron of Mankato, MN; sister-in-law, Marcella Cummiskey of Currie; several nieces, nephews and their families. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marguerite, Veronica and Agnes Cummiskey, brothers, John, Leo, Gerald and Don Cummiskey.

Raymond Bassett, 83

Raymond J. Bassett, 83, of Currie, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at his cabin on Lake Shetek. Services were held Saturday, July 19 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie, with the Rev. Paul Evers officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Currie. Totzke Funeral Home, Slayton handled the arrangements.

Born Aug. 18, 1919, in Mason Township, Murray County, he was the son of Peter and Lydia LaPlante Bassett. He married Esther Forsberg April 14, 1941, in Currie.

He grew up on the family farm near Currie and attended country school in the Currie area. After marriage, they rented different farms until buying a farm between Currie and Slayton in 1959. He retired in the early 1980s, but continued operating his Honeywagon septic pumping business. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Currie, and belonged to Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Herbert (Judy) Bassett, LaCrosse, Wis., Tim Bassett, Worthington, and Kenneth “Mike” (Deb) Bassett, Currie; two daughters, Jane (John) Weis, Currie, and Lenore “Lori” Duffy, Pontiac, Ill.; two brothers, Gerald (Beatrice) Bassett, Currie, and Colbert “Corky” (Ardell) Bassett, Rushmore; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Tom J. Silver, 83

Services for Tom J. Silver were held Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Tracy, MN. Officiating the services were Father Brian Mandel and Father Paul Evers. Cantor was Carol Cooreman and pianist was Shannon Benson.

Casketbearers were Tim Cummiskey, Gary Ruppert, Dennis Hanson, Kevin Carlson, Chuck Peltola and Scott Ruppert. Burial was held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Tracy, MN. Arrangements handled by Almlie Funeral Home, Tracy, MN

Thomas Joseph Silver was born August 12, 1919 to Thomas and Catherine (Bangasser) Silver in Eagle Grove, IA. He was Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic faith. He moved with his family to Garvin, MN when he was one year old and attended Garvin Public Schools. In 1934 his family moved into Tracy, MN and Tom attended Tracy High School where he graduated in 1938.

After high school Tom held various jobs in Tracy before entering the U. S. Army Air Force in April of 1942. He was assigned to the 3715t Bomber Squadron as a Technician and Mechanic and served in the Pacific Theatre. He received a Distinguished Unit Badge and two Commendations for devotion to duty in 1944 and 45. Tom returned to Tracy in 1945 after his discharge from service.

On October 9, 1948 Tom married Leota Ruppert at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie, MN. They made their home in Tracy and Tom worked for Speath Chevrolet and later Salmon Chevrolet in Tracy. In 1955 Tom began his career of 24 years with the U. S. Postal Service, where he became known as "the Whistling Mailman" by all in Tracy. Tom retired in 1979 but never quit his walking and whistling on the streets of Tracy.

Tom and his wife enjoyed many years of ballroom dancing and he also enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking and visiting his grandchildren. On Sunday, July 20, 2003 Tom died at the Tracy Area Medical Hospital at the age of 83.

Tom is survived by his wife, Leota; three sons, Thomas of Glenwood, MN, John and his wife, Rene of Sauk Centre, MN and Randy and his wife, Sande of Glenwood, MN; three daughters, Cathy Johnsen of Pequot Lakes, MN, Mary Jo and husband Ric McClellan of Fargo, ND and LuAnn Silver of Fulda, MN; two granddaughters; five grandsons; one sister, Theresa (Ed) Hansen of Tracy, MN; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents, infant son, Michael, grandson, Dustin, six sisters, Alice JeKe, Lenore Gempler, Kate Craig, Elizabeth Pelkey, Mary Jones and Dorothy Averill and two brothers, Bernard and Bob preceded him in death.

Blessed be his memory.