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THOMAS E. SILKEY

Service: Christ Lutheran Church - Faribault
  Monday, Febuary 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
   
Visitation: Boldt Funeral Home on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  and at the church for one hour prior to the service on Monday

 

Thomas E. Silkey (the son of Eugene and Genevieve Silkey), age 56, of Faribault, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home.

Funeral services will be at Christ Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Craig Breimhorst officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service.

Thomas Eugene, the son of Eugene and Genevieve (Duchene) Silkey, was born on August 11, 1957 in Faribault. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1975 and the University of Illinois in 1981. Tom married Jean Dilley on August 11, 1977 at Triune God Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Center.

Prior to a spinal cord injury in 1975, Tom worked many hours camping and sharing recreational opportunities with people experiencing physical and mental challenges. After his injury, Tom was an educator and advocate for the disabled. He loved sharing his experiences and knowledge about people with disabilities with everyone, especially children. Tom was a Foster Parent in Scott and Rice County for many years. He was a member of the Buckham Library Board and Building committee during the Buckham Library renovation. Tom served with joy as a volunteer in the community at many schools and churches. He was previously employed by Nelson's Super Valu, Honeywell, Courage Center and Rice County Community Corrections.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; one daughter, Mikaela (and Gerald) Henderson of Hagatna, Guam; one sister, Kathy Soderlund of St. Peter; aunt and uncle, Loretta and Bernard Sawyer of Faribault; cousin, Mark Sawyer of Rosemount; father and mother in law, Edwin and Barbara Dilley of Buffalo; brothers and sisters in law, Michael (and Monica) Dilley of Wayzata, Lynn (and Arnold) Ladd of Wyoming and Kris (and Michael) Casey of Cokato; special friends, Brad and Robin Kautz of Dulce, NM and Brad and Michelle Lein of Prior Lake; and beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts are preferred.

 

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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name: Linda Mueller
Email: wayner08@msn.com
Date: Monday February 17, 2014

Memories

Dear Jean, Mikaela and family, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Tom touched so many lives and he will be remembered by many as a caring, loving man. May you feel God's loving arms holding you all during this sad time.

Name: Jim Batchelder
Email:
Date: Thursday February 13, 2014

Memories

Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I remember him as a fun person to be around. My thoughts are with his family.

Name: Jeff Sears
Email: jeffrey.sears@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

Please accept my condolences. I am saddened about the loss of Tom: a kind and creative soul.

Name: Tammy Williamette
Email: williamette00@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Memories

My thoughts and prayers are with you at your time of loss.

Name: Jane Lee
Email: jal@j-ots.com
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Jean so sorry to hear of your loss. May your faith get you through this sad time. As Craig always says we are Easter People.

Name: Diana Sundwall
Email: iris@qwestoffice.net
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Love and lots of hugs to a very special family!

Name: Ron Brigitte Schutte and family
Email: Brigitteschutte.@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Jean and family we are so sorry for your lose,may god and all your memories help you through this difficult time.If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to let us know.

Name: Carmen Horejsi
Email: Garden@bevcomm.net
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Jean, Our deepest sympathy to all, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Carmen Horejsi
Email: Garden@bevcomm.net
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Jean, Our deepest sympathy to all, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Name: Tres Bien
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Dear Silkey Family, We felt so honored and fortunate to be part of the wedding and your special time that day. Our thoughts are with you again in this sad time as you remember a special Dad and Husband. May God grant you peace. Susan Oftedahl, Grace Watkins, and Dione Peterson

Name: Bruce Schreckenberg
Email: bdschreck56@gmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

My Thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know that God will give you strength and comfort through the time ahead. Bruce

Name: Donna Berge
Email: dberge@co.rice.mn.us
Date: Tuesday February 11, 2014

Memories

Jean & family, I have missed talking to you and Tom on the phone and although I didn't know you personally I could hear the kindness in his heart, felt the strength and positive energy and the determination that was so much a part of him. He was so proud when your daughter came home and your family could spend some time together. Gods Blessing to you at this time. The memories of the great times will sustain you and the laughter will return as Tom is shining down on you.