Robert Komiskey
1949 - 2014
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ROBERT J. 'SKEY' KOMISKEY, 65 GALENA - Robert J. "Skey" Komiskey, 65, of Galena, IL, formerly of Savanna, IL, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque. He was born May 5, 1949, in La Crosse, WI; the son of LaVern and Margaret (Rieber) Komiskey. He graduated in 1967 from Savanna High School. Skey served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 until his honorable discharge in 1970. He was united in marriage to Virginia "Ginger" Keehner on November 3, 1978, and she survives. Skey worked for the telephone company and Interstate Power Company/Alliant Energy until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening, canning, camping and traveling to state and national parks which took him from coast to coast. He was a talented craftsman, building everything from music boxes to most of the house in which he lived and raised his family. Bob was a member of the Galena Fire Department, Elks Lodge, St. Michael's Church and was the current Commander of VFW Post #2665. His greatest joy in life came from his family, especially his time spent with his five grandchildren. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Emily (Jason Getz) Komiskey of St. Charles, MO, Christine (Patrick) Busker of Freeport, IL and Jennifer (friend, Ricky Crites) Komiskey of Bend, OR; his five grandchildren, Harmony, Sierra, Kaia, Aurora and Oliver; two sisters, Carolyn (Stanley Fosdick) Komiskey of Argo Fay, IL, Mary Ellen (Jon) McGannon of Bremmerton, WA; four brothers, Jim Komiskey of Lanark, IL, Dave (Marj Jackson) Komiskey of Savanna, IL, Rick Komiskey of Sarasota, FL and Paul Komiskey of Loves Park, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Komiskey; and sister-in-law, Diane Komiskey. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Galena, and friends may gather after 9:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery and military honors will be accorded graveside by the Galena VFW Post #2665 and American Legion Post #193. A gathering will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena, where a parish rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Galena Fire Department, VFW Post #2665 and St. Michael's Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at

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Published in The Freeport Journal Standard from May 14 to May 15, 2014.
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