HINCKLEY - Roger E. Skau, 83, of Hinckley, Ill. passed into his heavenly home on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, after a tough but courageous battle with cancer.|
He was born on Nov. 29, 1929 in the Waterman Hospital in Waterman, to Ray and Louise (Reingardt) Skau, their only child.
Roger was raised in Hinckley on his father's homestead farm. He attended school in Hinckley, having attended grade school in the country school on the corner of Pritchard and Phillips roads, and his high school years in Hinckley, graduating in 1947. Being an excellent student, Roger exceled in math as well as other subjects. Roger worked in farming with his father all through his growing up years.
Being drafted into the Army on Jan. 4, 1954, he served his country as a radar control specialist until he was honorably discharged in 1956. He returned home and, at his father's wishes, took over the family farm. Roger retired from farming in November 1988, and moved into Hinckley. In early 1989, Roger began working at Napa Auto Parts in Hinckley where he was an excellent employee. He worked there for the next 22 years, retiring July 1, 2011.
Roger was a lifelong member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, singing in the choir in his earlier years. Roger was a great sports fan of basketball, baseball and football. He was a great fisherman enjoying fishing trips to many lakes in different states with his fishing buddies. He also enjoyed fishing at Lake Shabbona where he met many other fishermen. Roger enjoyed gardening and shared his lovely produce with others. Roger was most happy doing things for others. Everyone who knew Roger loved him for his easygoing, kind and thoughtful ways.
Roger is survived by his loving adopted family who he loved very much, Mary and Jim Jensen; their daughter, Becky (Howard) Rosenwinkel; their granddaughters, Laura (Keith) Keigher and Sarah (Scott) McKinney; and their great-granddaughter, 3-year-old Claire Keigher, who Roger loved and adored; his close and dear and wonderful friends, Randy, Trudy, Jill, Trent and Branden Taylor, Kim, Bill and Jake Meziere, Tom and Teresa Brennen, John, Nan and Michael Long, and a countryside of other friends and neighbors.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Louise Skau.
Roger was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. His adopted family would like to thank Dr. Haab, Dr. Maillefer, Dr. Memon, Dr. Bhate, the staff at Kishwaukee Hospital and at the Cancer Center for kind and loving care.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 324 W. McKinley Ave., Hinckley, with the Revs. Kris Delmore and Bill Nagy officiating. Burial and military service will follow at Miller Cemetery on Duffy Road in Hinckley.
A memorial fund is being established in Roger's name and can be sent to either the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St., Hinckley or Mr. and Mrs. Jensen, 361 W. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley.
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or 815-286-3247.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 30, 2013