Funeral set for Spring Lake Park man killed in Minneapolis workplace shooting

Funeral service took place Oct. 4 for a Spring Lake Park man, who was one of six people killed in the Minneapolis workplace shooting Sept. 27.

Keith Basinski
Keith Basinski

The wake for Keith Basinski was Oct. 3 at Miller Funeral Home, Fridley, with the his funeral at Emmanuel Christian Center, Spring Lake Park, the afternoon of Oct. 4.

While making a UPS delivery to Accent Signage Systems, 2322 Chestnut Ave. W., Basinski was killed by suspected gunman Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36, Minneapolis, an employee who had just been fired by the company.

Also killed were Accent owner Reuven Rahamin, 61; Rami Cooks, 62, who was a senior executive with the company; Ron Edberg, 58; and Jacob Beneke, 34. Engeldinger was also found dead at the business.

Injured in the shooting was Eric Rivers, the company’s production manager, and John Souter, director of operations. Both are still hospitalized.

Originally from Green Bay, Wis., Basinski moved to Minnesota to attend college, said Alisha Duren, a family friend.

“It’s tragic. It was a shock to hear he had been killed,” said the 25-year-old former Spring Lake Park woman.

“He was here a couple weeks ago (for dinner) and to meet my new son. I can’t believe its real.”

Since she was two, Basinski had been part of her life and her family vacationed with Basinski’s family, Duren said.

Every Friday night, the two families got together for dinner at the Old Country Buffet.

“Keith was my dad’s best friend,” Duren said.

Basinski, 50, loved working as a UPS driver and everyone on his route knew him, she said.

In his free time, “he loved to build and create things, Duren said.

He was very devoted to the Emmanuel Christian Center, according to Duren.

Duren said Basinski was always upbeat and willing to lend a hand to his neighbors.

“He would help neighbors with car repairs. He was the nicest guy,” she said.

Basinski is survived by parents, Cleo and Buzz Basinski of Green Bay, Wis.; children, Brent, Alissa and Colton; ex-wife, Jenny Basinski; and five brothers and sisters.

First Advantage Bank, 9950 Foley Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids, has set up a memorial fund for the family.

Donations will be accepted until Oct. 31, said Bank President Jim Amundson.

The Teamsters Union has also set up a memorial fund for the family.

“Keith was a great member of our Teamster family who will be sorely missed. Our heart goes out to his entire family and friends for this terrible loss,” said Trevor Lawrence, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 638 in Minneapolis in a press release.

“This was a senseless tragedy that will forever weigh heavily on those who had the honor of knowing and working with him.”

“The thoughts and prayers of the 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union are with Brother Basinski’s family today,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president in a press release.

“Entire families have been devastated by this tragic event. We must all remain vigilant to ensure that no family ever experiences this type of tragedy again.”

Contributions to the Teamsters’ memorial fund can be sent to the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau, 2828 University Ave. S.E., Suite No. 100, Minneapolis, MN 55414-3384 in care of the Keith Basinski Memorial Fund.

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]

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    Eric Rivers passed away. Happy Trails, Eric Rivers.