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John Skolak services Tuesday

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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 cherished friends.

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,

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Posted 3/24/2014