DEERWOOD - Thomas C. Bisek, age 82, lost his battle with cancer on April 26, 2008, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.
He was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Mahnomen to Paul and Magdeline (Flicek) Bisek.
He graduated from the Mahnomen High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, when he was honorably discharged. He attended Crookston Agricultural School from 1946 to 1947. He returned to Mahnomen and married Gloria Rinerson on Jan. 12, 1948. He then moved to Seattle and worked at the Boeing plant, returning to Mahnomen to continue farming. He served as Pembina Township treasurer for a number of years, farming until 1987. He was also Mahnomen County treasurer for 20 years. During this time he was commander of the American Legion Post 31, Mahnomen; member of the Knights of Columbus; member of the Mahnomen County Fair Board; VFW of Ogema, Minn.; member of the Farmers Union; and received a National 4-H Alumni award.
He retired and moved to Deerwood in 1987 to be closer to his grandchildren and worked on hobbies like fishing, woodworking, hunting and three-wheeling. Throughout this time he was very active with the local food shelf, for which he received the Minnesota State outstanding food shelf volunteer award. He was a member of the area Knights of Columbus. He was on the finance committee for St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Deerwood. He was a member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post 443, Ironton. He truly loved being active in the community. He was outstanding senior citizen for Crow Wing County in 2004.
He is survived by his wife Gloria; three daughters, Diane (Ray) Moshier of Little Falls, Karen (DelRay) Lecy of Staples, Bonnie Nixon of Deerwood; three sisters, Beatrice Dusek of Mahnomen, Martha Schilling of Kenton, Wash., Mary "Babe" (Conrad) Christianson of Ulen; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Thomas Gerald Bisek; three brothers, Frank, Jerry and Paul Bisek.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Crosby. Military honors will be given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post 443, Ironton. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Mahnomen. Friends may call on Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.
Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
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