Thomas E. Skay, 82, of rural West Branch, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Funeral Mass will be at
10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Gay & Ciha Funeral Service with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m.
Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.gayandciha.com.
Tom was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Iowa City, to John W. and Marcella (Wenzlick) Skay. He graduated from City High in 1954. On July 6, 1960, Tom married Shirley Rohret at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Cosgrove. Together they raised their family on their farm west of Oasis. Later in life, they enjoyed 19 winters in Mission, Texas, a trip to Alaska in 2010, but most important to Tom was spending time with family.
Tom served in the Iowa National Guard, was a member of Farm Bureau and served 18 years on the board of directors for Consumers Cooperative.
Tom's family includes his wife, Shirley; son, Steve Skay (Jill) of West Liberty; daughters, Sheri Parsons of Iowa City, Deb Schreiber (Tony) of Iowa City, Cindy Bohlken of Ely and Christine Skay (Dameko) of Marion; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, with one due in March; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Kay Kasper, Pat Skay, Gene Bell, Ken Finken and Dean Rohret; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack and Jim Skay; sister, Mary Webb; brother-in-law, Fred Kasper; sisters-in-law, Margaret Finken, Marilyn Bell and Karen Rohret; and nephews, Curt, John and Todd Skay.