Dec. 4, 1936 - April 20, 2013
Charles Paul Skoda, 76, passed away at his home on Saturday after a 14-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was with his three children and wife, Adele.
Paul lived the first 20 years of his life in Kenya , East Africa . He attended Rift Valley Academy there and developed a close affinity with its land and people. He later attended Trinity Seminary in Deerfield , Ill. , and worked for the "New York Times Chicago Bureau" and the "Chicago Daily News." He then served honorably in the United States Army as a journalist. Returning from his station in Frankfurt , Germany, he attended and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead while working for NBC affiliate WDAY in Fargo , N.D. After beginning his family, he completed graduate work in African Studies at UCLA while working for Aetna and then moved to Santa Barbara , Calif. , where he worked for Archibald and Spray Attorneys at Law for over 20 years. He then moved to Albany,OR to become co-owner and general manager of Cascade Earth Sciences.
Paul was a private business consultant, an avid bird watcher, a photo- grapher and the author of "Ogada: An African Passage" which chronicles his childhood in Kenya and a solo cross-continent drive from West to East Africa in 1959.
Loving father, friend, brother, uncle and husband, Paul is survived by his wife, Adele Halland Skoda of Albany, OR and Detroit Lakes, MN.; daughter Evelyn Skoda Wright and husband Lance J. Wright of Collierville, TN.; sons Charles Pomeroy Skoda and wife Kristie Smith Skoda of Brentwood, TN., and Frederick Paul Skoda and wife Cynthia Aronson Skoda of Detroit Lakes, MN.; eight beautiful grandchildren. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Fargo , N.D.. They wish to express deep gratitude to their family and friends for their generous outpouring of love and support over the last year. Generous, wise, courageous and loving, Paul Skoda was one of a kind and his presence will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Paul's favorite charity: Nature Conservancy.