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Thomas Cusick 03/16/2024

Thomas “Tom” Patrick Cusick, 75, of Shell Lake, Wisconsin passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his home on March 16th, 2024.

He was born April 28th, 1948 in Shell Lake to Earl and Stella (Livingston) Cusick. He was married to his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Audrey Irene Kramer, on December 2nd, 1967.

After high school, he spent four years serving his country in the United States Air Force stationed in Texas, during which time he and Audrey welcomed their first born, Tammy. After his time in the Air Force, Tom and Aud moved back to Sarona where they welcomed two more children, Christine and Mark.

Tom worked for the Washburn County Highway Department for 35 years before his retirement. Throughout his life, Tom was an active member of the community and was always caring for those around him. He was the Shell Lake Lions Club President, served on the Glenview board and was an active member of the Sarona and Shell Lake United Methodist Church serving as the Men’s Club President, on the board of trustees and sang in the church choir.

In his free time he enjoyed many outdoor activities including gardening, landscaping, hunting, trapping, fishing, golfing and after retirement he and Aud enjoyed long hours tapping trees, collecting and boiling sap to make homemade maple syrup. Tom was an avid photographer, enjoyed time in his garage woodworking, playing piano and spending time with his family. He also worked hard to build two beautiful homes for his bride, fulfilling their dream to live amongst nature on a quiet small lake.

Tom’s laughter was loudest when he was pulling pranks, joking around with family and friends and finding new adventures to go on. He always found new experiences and activities to do while gathering together with family and friends. His strong will and determination showed through in everything he did.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Audrey; children: Tammy (Phil) Holman, Christine (Russ) Blasius, and Mark Cusick; grandchildren: Emily (Brett) Jordan, Brett Holman, Calista Holman (Ien Novak), Aiden Cusick and Easton Cusick; great grandchildren: Nillan Holman and Lyna Jordan; siblings: George (Linda) Cusick, Alan (Donna) Cusick, Alyce (Gerry) Smith and Tim (Rebeccah) Cusick; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom was proceeded in death by his grandson, Reed Blasius, and his parents, Earl and Stella Cusick.

A private service took place at Tom and Audrey’s home on Thursday, March 21st with a public  celebration of life gathering  followed from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated an account for donations to be given to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research in memory of Thomas Cusick. Donations can be made directly to Audrey through cash, check or Venmo (@Audrey-Cusick).


  • Nancy and bob Neuman Posted March 20, 2024 3:23 pm

    We r so very sorry. He was a great guy. And will be missed.

  • Carl and Sharon Krantz Posted March 20, 2024 4:32 pm

    Sorry for your loss. A Great pleasant man who will be missed by many. He was our snow plow guy with Washburn for many years. Blessings of God’s comfort to the Family.

  • Carole Mottaz Posted March 25, 2024 5:43 am

    Chris, I’m so sorry you won’t have this wonderful man in your everyday life any more. But what wonderful memories you must have!

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