Carlye Dore’ Slick was born on May 13, 1921 to Daniel and Lisa Slick of Lehr, ND. He was the third of 4 children. He passed away at the age of 93 while a resident of the Lakewood Care Center in Baudette on February 4, 2015.
His family farmed in Lehr for several years and moved to the Carp community1936 when he was 16. Cy was a lifelong farmer, logger, and wildlife steward. At the age of 17, Carlyle enlisted in the CCCs where he served in the forestry division as a tree planter and heavy equipment operator. Here his love of the woods took root and he carried this passion into his old age. He loved to hunt deer and small game and was a true steward for Mother Nature.
After Cy returned home from the CCCs he spent time doing odd jobs, picking potatoes in the Valley, logging, and cleaning the area for what was to become Willie the Walleye Park to name a few. He married Norma Clausen of Roseau on Dec. 29, 1946 at Pine Grove Lutheran Church in Pencer, Mn. It was -40 below and Cy often recounted the story of his father-law’s trip to the church on their wedding day. He and Norma were blessed with 6 children, Robert (Arleen) Slick, Kay Slick, Mary (Mike) Chambers, Eva Slick (Rick Altman) Carla (Brian) Danielson, Kristi Slick. There are 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Carlyle and Norma began their farming life in the Rapid River area. They lived there for one year and in 1949 moved to their current home in Carp, just south of his parent’s farm. Here they raised their 6 children and they remained there until their deaths. Although they had dairy cattle and did some cash crop farming the pride of dad’s life was the beef cattle. He loved everything about them and was passionate about improving “the herd”. Farming was what he loved and he did it well.
Cy believed that the past dictated the future; he was a storyteller and a historian. He was a man of many interests, farming, politics, world affairs and community involvement to name a few. His knowledge of Carp and its surrounding communities was extensive. The family hunting camp provided many hours of reminiscing about exploits with family and friends. Dad was a caring and giving man with a “bit” stubborn streak. He loved to the fullest and everyone was a friend. He taught many lessons and always wanted the best for you. His most treasured gifts were his family, extended family and friends.
In November of 2013 Carlyle suffered a stroke. He recovered in the Cities where he could be near his children. In June of 2014 he returned home for a short stay before moving to Lakewood Care Center in July of 2014 Carlyle was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Lisa Slick, wife Norma, brothers Bob and Brandon, sister Joyce and grandchildren Derek Lindenfelser and Ashley Harder.
He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a world of friendships.