Warren Cashin

November 17, 1926 — December 18, 2020

Warren Cashin

Cashin, Warren A. Age 94 Of White Bear Lake Passed away on December 18, 2020. Preceded in death by wife Prudence. Survived by daughters Bridgette Mueller (Mark), Patty Malinowski (Dave), Kathy Larson (Mark), Molly Cashin and Mary Weigel (Steve); 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Memorial Mass Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 am (doors open at 10:45 am) at CHURCH OF ST. PIUS X, 3878 Highland Avenue, White Bear Lake. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Church of St. Pius X. Autobiography written by Warren Cashin: Warren Anthony Cashin, was born November 17, 1926 at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Duluth, MN. My dad was Frank Martin Cashin and my mother, Rosemary Smith Cashin. When I was born in 1926, my brother, Frank Jr. was in college and my brother, Ed was married. Frank Jr. was born in 1908 and Ed was born in 1905. Ed’s wife, Beryl, had their child, Mary, just two weeks after I was born. When I was two weeks old, I was an uncle to Ed’s daughter, Mary. I grew up during the depression of the 1930’s in Duluth. We were fortunate that my father, Frank Sr., had a steady job with the DM&IR Railroad, more about his job later. Almost all of our neighbors were unemployed, laid off, or had very poor paying part time jobs. My education was in public schools in Duluth. Nettleton Grade School, Washington Junior High, and Central High School. I graduated in 1944 from high school. World War II was going on during my high school years; I enlisted in 1944 and was called to active duty on April 1st, 1945. At that time I was attending Duluth Junior College. I was in the Army Air Corp in 1945 at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas. I passed the tests to go to flight school, to become a pilot, bombardier, or a navigator, but the war ended and no more pilots needed. I was discharged on Nov. 7th, 1945, only 18 years old. I went back to Duluth Junior College and received my 2 year degree. I also was in the Marine Corp reserve for a while, but decided to be discharged before the Korean War broke out. I started working when I was in high school. There were almost all small grocery stores in Duluth and many took orders for groceries over the phone and delivered them. I was a deliver boy of Floltens Grocery. It was just a block from our house. I drove Floltens small paneled truck to home in the area and delivered their groceries, usually using folding grocery boxes or creates. My next job was with the famous ketchup company, H.J. Heinz. I was at the Junior college, during this time, 1944- 1945. I helped unload boxcars from the railway and deliver products to stores. Heinz had their warehouse in Duluth. My next job was with the DM&IR Railway, Duluth Messabe and Iron Range, as a clerk in a station in a Duluth suburb, Steelton. I also worked at the DM&IR ore docks as a billing clerk. This was listing iron ore cars on a rain, by weight and car number. My next job was with a different railroad in Duluth, CNW- Chicago Northwestern. I was a clerk in an office building. I was promoted to a sales job in 1953 in Minneapolis. I had the title City Freight Agent and called on shippers and receivers of freight. I stayed with them until Dec. 31st, 1954. In 1955 I started my real career job, as a salesman for Procter & Gamble. P&G is a distributing company based in Minneapolis. I was in the Health and Beauty Aids Division. This division was also known as the drug products, toilet goods, health care, and beauty care over the years. Over the years I had Crest, Scope, Prell, Pert, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Pampers, Secret, Sure, Gleem, Lilt, Wondra, Hidden Magic Hair Spray and others that are not around any longer. While calling on the Duluth Glass Block store in 1955 I met Prudence Jean Melanson. She was employed there in the cosmetics department. We became engaged and married on June 30th, 1956. We were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth. We lived in Duluth until 1958 and in Dec. We moved to White Bear Lake in Jan. 1959. I stayed with Procter & Gamble until my retirement on May 15, 1987. I decided to seek part time work after many months of golf etc. I drove school bus for the White Bear Lake District for 6 years, from 1988-1994, that was my last job. Grandpa Frank Cashin and Grandma Rosemary Cashin…… Grandma Rosemary was born in 1883 and Grandpa Frank was born in 1881. I do not know their places of birth for certain, Frank in Duluth and Rosemary maybe around Duluth the area. Rosemary had 2 brothers, Jack and Max who had farms about 40 miles south of Duluth around the Moose Lake area. I do not know that my mother ever had a job; she was a stay at home mother, as were almost all mothers tat that time. My father, Grandpa Frank, was a railroad employee. His only employer was the DM&IR Railway. I believe he started working for them at a young age at a station in Proctor, a city in the Duluth area. He learned Morse code for telegraph communication between Railway stations and the other offices. He was promoted to the main office in Duluth and was given the title, Car Distributor. He was responsible for the pulp wood business. He had to obtain railway cars to be at the right railway siding tracks to be ready to be loaded when needed by the pulp wood companies. He had a long career at the railroad from around 1900 to early 1950’s. He died in 1957. Two brothers of Grandpa Warren had excellent positions with large companies. Ed was with BBD&O advertising. He was an executive vice president and on the Board of Directors. Frank Jr. was with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical as an Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors. Frank served on the Board of directors for two colleges in California. They were very strong managers and speakers, very good at presentations. As I mentioned, both brothers had to run either divisions of a company or offices that were over 1000’s of people. Their strong suit was being a little “pushy” with good results over the years. In these earlier days, the obstacles to overcome in the work force were really your fellow employees who, also wanted to get ahead. End. Warren A. Cashin, 94, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 of COVID, due to underlying medical conditions. Preceded in death by his wife, Prudence (Prudy). About 10 years ago he wrote a condensed version of his autobiography for a grandchild’s school project. It can be viewed above. Warren will be remember in many ways. Just to name a few: his 5 daughters, doing P&G book work in his car, red licorice and chocolate covered peanuts, Jim Beam and coke, his coffee friends he and Prudy met with 6 days a week and having a “no good” golf game. He loved God and his family and will be remembered as a wonderful dad, grandpa, great grandpa and friend to many and will be greatly missed. Warren and Prudy built their home in White Bear Lake in 1959, where he lived until May 2015. After he broke a hip he moved to an assisted living apartment at Cerenity in White Bear Lake. There is “no place like home: but he adjusted and became comfortable with these changes. He was able to still go see his family and coffee friends and go to Mass. In March 2020, Due to Covid restrictions all changed, and he tried to make the best of his circumstances. He was iPhone and computer savvy thanks to Charlie and Samantha. The past 7 years, we daughters have had the opportunity to get to know our father on a deeper friendship level. This time was priceless for each of us. By his example, we sisters were able to take care of him and his needs by witnessing how he did that for Mom and us as we grew up. When you think of Warren, you automatically smile.
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