Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bye Grandpa

JOHN W. SKOLA  "Sweet Dad" 1915 ~ 2010 Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, John William Skola, passed away January 14, 2010 in Salt Lake City, UT. He was born September 16, 1915 to John and Anna Vesta Mauermann Skola. He grew up in Poplar Grove and graduated from South High School. John served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army as part of the Coastal Artillery. It was while serving in the Army, that he met his lovely wife, Gayle Cluff. It was a sweet Army-Navy romance. John and Gayle were married July 19, 1944. Gayle passed away April 7, 2001. John served an LDS Mission (Swiss German) and served a German-speaking mission on Temple Square. John and Gayle also served an LDS mission together in Frankfurt, Germany. Working, working-always working-always caring-this was what John was known for. He worked with Midwest Casket Company for 60 years. He was very kind, gentle, warm and tender hearted. John was loved by many, because of his Christ-like nature. He is survived by his children, Judith (David) Blake, Gaylyn (Robert) Stephenson, Mimi (Scott) Silverstein; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by siblings, Curt, Henry, Ann Volkert, and Freda Brochinsky. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in the Valley View 3rd Ward, 4101 S. 1920 E. The viewing will be at the church from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Share an online condolence with the family at

What I remember most about my Grandpa were his quirky songs he would always sing like "She died she did, she died with a broken rib." He had this amazing garden and would get mad if we picked the peas too early. Whenever we came over there was always his game of solitair on the kitchen table. He called Grandma, Mum. He would always greet us "Hi, sweetheart." He missed Gramda something fierce and now they are together. Miss you Grandpa!