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ST. CHARLES - Norman "Norm" Skala, 97, passed away January 14th, 2021, at Delnor Hospital due to complications from Covid19. He was born May 26th, 1923, to Marie and Joseph Skala in Chicago, IL. When Norman was a teenager, the family moved to the St. Charles area eventually settling at what would later become known as The Triangle S Ranch. After graduating from St. Charles High School, Norman moved to Glendale, CA, for a brief period before returning to St. Charles where he enlisted in the U.S. Army Cavalry. He saw combat in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater traveling through China, Burma, and India with the Chinese Combat Command. During his service he was awarded The Bronze Star, The Four Bronze Battle Stars, and The WWII Victory Medal. It was during his time in the Army that he was schooled in what would eventually become his career; horseshoer and horse trainer. Norman's life revolved around everything horses and was considered by many people as the quintessential horseman. He was by trade a horseshoer (farrier), horse trainer, professional rodeo cowboy (timed events), rodeo/horseshow announcer, riding tutor, and mentor to scores of horse enthusiasts of all ages. He was a familiar face at the Kane County Fair where he served on the board of directors, announced the 4-H horse shows, and announced the Big Hat Rodeos. Norman is survived by his son, Lawson (Don) Skala; sister-in-law, Katherine Schultz; son-in-law, David Akemann; grandchildren, Carrie, Julie, and Collin Akemann; nieces, Susie Toth, Pam (Dave) Meixner, Val (Don) Thompson, Kim Schuetz, and Cyndy (Mike) Baird; nephew, Jay (Debbie) Schultz; and several great-nieces and nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie (nee Schultz); daughter, Vickie Akemann; and grandson, John Akemann. As per Norman's request there will be no service or funeral. The family suggests donations to Wounded Warrior Project or an animal welfare organization of your choice.

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Published in Daily Herald on Jan. 20, 2021.
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January 28, 2021
Many fond memories of Norm and his family. Lots of talks around horses, antiques, collections, and the county fair. Rest in peace and thank you for all the laughs and for sharing your extensive knowledge of horses!
Peggy Sue Seehafer
January 24, 2021
Norm was an outstanding person...his involvement in the equine community has touched the hearts of many...his giving nature to the 4-H equine division & hours of announcing the 4-H horse shows over the years kept everyone on their toes as you didn't know when the next joke or story would be told...I met Norm when I was 14 years old as a 4-Her...later when I took notes in the show ring he kept me on my toes as the announcer...I always made sure I stopped & saw him & Marge at the KC fairgrounds flea market & as usual there was always a story or joke to be heard...Norm will be sorely missed by a lot of people...Rest in Peace Norm
Linda Mikeworth
January 24, 2021
Loved working the Kane County 4H horse show with Norm. He had many stories and jokes and always made it enjoyable.
Barbara Witt
January 21, 2021
A true prince of a man whose sense of humor could weaken your knees in seconds.
January 21, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rev Sandra Florentino
January 20, 2021
Norm was one of the dearest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I could sit and listen to his stories forever. He was always smiling and it was a pleasure to see him every week at our little Lily Lake Church. His was a life well-lived. May he rest in peace.
Peg VanMeter
January 20, 2021
Thank you, Norm, for sharing your war stories with me. I will miss chatting with you.
Kimberly Hancock
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