Obituary of Thomas E. Skay

Thomas E. Skay, 82, of rural West Branch, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.


Funeral mass will be 10 am Saturday, February 24th at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City with burial following at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 4-7 pm at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service with a vigil service beginning at 7 pm.  Memorials in Tom's memory may be made to the Tom Skay Memorial Fund.

Tom was born January 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 and trip to Alaska in 2010.  Most important to Tom was spending time with family and friends.

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, Christine Skay (Dameko) of Marion; 12 grandchildren, Melissa Ruth (Dan), Megan Parsons, Jessica Hubbard (Scott), Amanda and Shana Skay, Thomas, Jacob and Nicholas Schreiber, Jarrett and Emily Bohlken, Tya Skay and Tiana Jones; three great-grandchildren, John and Lucy Ruth, Macie Hubbard and Baby Hubbard due in March; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kay Kasper, Pat Skay, Gene Bell, Ken Finken, 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, Karen Rohret and nephews Curt, John and Todd Skay.