Skibba, Richard "Dick"
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Richard "Dick" Skibba, age 61, of 1055 Kingsway, Nekoosa (Town of Rome), a long time resident of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at his home with his wife at his side following a courageous eight year battle with cancer. He was recently able to fulfill his lifelong dream of living on a lake.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Pastor Kent Raddatz will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and Wednesday at church from 10:00-11:00 AM. A memorial will be designated at a later date.
Dick was born January 27, 1952 in Wisconsin Rapids to Clifford and Alice (Mancl) Skibba. He married Daria Dahl on August 5, 1972 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Dick and his wife owned and operated Dahl's Floral Gardens for 30 years until 2008. He worked tirelessly as the head grower, handling all maintenance for the greenhouses, as well as being an owner and active manager of their rental properties. Dick proudly served in the U.S. National Guard for six years and was employed full-time until purchasing the greenhouse.
Dick was a former member of the Jaycees and Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary. He served on the Wisconsin Rapids Hockey Association board, was president of the parents' organization, and helped to build the indoor ice rink. He was a member of the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Florist Association, serving on many committees. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church assisting in various capacities, including serving on the building committee. He was a member and the current president of Creeper's Car Club. Dick was passionate about rebuilding and showing cars with club members. He was an avid NASCAR racing fan and loved his annual Skibba race trips with his brothers and nephews. Snow skiing was a loved family sport with many trips to Colorado, Utah, and the family ski house in Michigan. He taught many family members and friends to ski. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1970 and was consistently active on his class reunion committee. He also graduated from Mid State Technical College in 1972.
Dick is survived by his wife Daria, two children Stacy Skibba of Evansville, WI, and Christopher (Laura) Skibba of Woolgoolga, Australia. Two grandsons Stephen Kopecky and Haylan Skibba, two brothers Jack (Elaine) Skibba of Wisconsin Rapids and Bob Skibba of Wisconsin Rapids, two sisters Maxine St. Cyr of Appleton, WI and Judy (Eric) Cerbins of Berlin, WI, mother-in-law Ellen Dahl of Wisconsin Rapids, brother-in-law Nelson (Pam) Dahl of Wisconsin Rapids, sister-in law Andrea (Coral Mangus) Dahl of Salt Lake City, UT and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and numerous friends. Family was everything to Dick. He had a gift at making others laugh and smile with his quick wit and optimistic outlook on life. He enjoyed all his friends at meetings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Dane Dahl.
Special thanks to his oncologist, Dr. Seth Fagbemi and staff for their loving care over all the years of his illness. Thanks to the staff at Ministry Home Care, whose care allowed him to spend his last weeks at home.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Mar. 18, 2013