Thomas E. (Tom) Usnick

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thomas E. (Tom) Usnick, 82, of Slater, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Fitzgibbon Hospital.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at Slater United Methodist Church, with Pastor Matt Arni officiating. Bethany Weiker, organist, will accompany Arni as he sings "It is Well With My Soul" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Burial will be at a later date in Slater City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the church, Alzheimer's Association or Slater Medical Clinic Fund in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.

Born May 11, 1928, in Fairmount, he was the son of the late Frank M. and Eudora Holmes Usnick. On July 3, 1948, in Kansas City, Kan., he married Barbara Olson, who survives of the home. He was a member of Slater United Methodist Church, where he had served as a trustee, usher and member of the administrative board. He was a member of United Methodist Men. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post #78 in Slater. He was a member of Cambridge Masonic Lodge #63, A.F. & A.M. in Slater. He was past-president of Railroad Superintendent's Association in Kansas City. He was a volunteer hospice worker for Fitzgibbon- Mary Montgomery Hospice. He attended Northeast High School and Railroad Communications School in Kansas City. He worked for G.M.&O. Railroad, and later Illinois Central & Gulf Railroad for 38 years, retiring as trainmaster. He had lived in Slater since 1978, previously living in Kansas City and Mexico.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Tommy Usnick Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Mexico, Steven Usnick and his wife, Heather, of Farley and Jeff Usnick and his wife, Brecket, of Ionia; one daughter, Susan Bishop and her husband, Keith, of Marshall; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Garry L. Usnick of Sun City, Calif,, and Frank M. Usnick Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M.; and one sister, Marion Hawkins of Peculiar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Usnick and Harley Usnick; and two sisters, Frances Lopez and Carmen Roberts.

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