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.