John Edward Skolak,
age 73, of Portage, Ind., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on
March 13, 2014.
He was born on
January 14, 1941 in Gary, Ind., to Rudolph and Joan (Pavlick) Skolak. Sr.,
who preceded him in death.
He is survived by
his children, John (Sarah) Skolak, Jr., of Bloomington, Ind., Stacey (Eric)
Skolak-Mitchell of Chesterton, David (Becky Miller) Skolak of Nevada City,
Calif., Jason (fiancé Megan) Skolak of Denver, Colo., Susan (Troy Clark)
Kubiak of Valparaiso, Ind.; siblings, Anita Sakes of Hobart, Ind., Michael
(Joyce) Skolak of Hobart, Thomas (Kathy) Skolak of Lees Summit, Mo., Rudolph
(Charlene) Skolak Jr. of Hobart; grandchildren, Austin, Kyra, Allison,
Isaiah, Ben, Matt, Carson, and Jillian and many nieces, nephews and
He was preceded in
death by brother, David Skolak and brother-in-law, John Sakes.
John served as an
active and supportive lifetime member of the Izaak Walton League of America
and served as past commodore of the Miller Ikes Yacht Club. He was the
former owner of Auto Ranch in Hobart, and a member of Tolleston High School
class of 1959. John worked as the auto auction arbitrator for Arena & Dyer
Auctions for many years and enjoyed boating and traveling.
A Mass of Christian
Burial will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of
Sorrows Catholic Church, 356 W 700 N Valparaiso, Ind., with Father Paul
Quanz officiating. Burial is to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Portage.
Visitation will be
held on Monday, March 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans
Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage, Ind. Memorial Donations in Johnís
name may be made to Izaak Walton League of America,