STAPLES -- Philip Richard Marden, 73, Staples, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at his home after a long illness.
He was born July 11, 1927, in Staples to Luke and Margaret (Cain) Marden. In 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II. He returned to Staples after completing his service and married Delores Klang in 1946. His wife died in 1966 and he married Carol Selander Parker in 1967. He worked for the city of Staples and later was hired by the Northern Pacific Railroad, later known as Burlington Northern, as a brakeman and later a conductor. He served on the Staples Fire Department for 40 years, was active in the United Way and was president of United Transportation Union Local 727 for many years. In 1990, he received a presidential award from Burlington Northern that recognized his performance as an employee, as well as his civic involvement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; three daughters, Kathy Blessing and Sue Bendson, both of Staples, and Cherie Parker, St. Paul; five brothers, James, Kenneth, Robert, John and George; five sisters, Maxine Doyle, Dorothy Endres, Mary Lou Sigfrid, Jeannette Warner and Joan Kern; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.
His parents; two sons, Jim and Stuart; a brother, Richard; and two sisters, Lorraine and Betty Ann, died earlier.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Tim Wendzel officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples, with rosary at 4:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 5:30 p.m.
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