John R. Sklander, 76, a resident of Wausau for 11 years, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
John was born on April 19, 1939, in Milwaukee, to the late John A. and Helen (Dombrowski) Sklander. He was the eldest of four children and the family lived in Cudahy, Wisconsin. After graduation and schooling from Notre Dame, he went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force.
After John returned home with an honorable discharge, he chose gainful employment in the data processing division of a large company in Illinois. During an occasional weekend visit home to his Wisconsin family he found out that one of his sisters decided he should marry and settle down and had gone out of her way to arrange a blind date with a redhead named Bonnie.
Months passed and John proposed to Bonnie. They were married in the old St. John Lutheran Church building, Mosinee. After their honeymoon they resided in Illinois where they had three children, John, Kim and Valerie.
John played the clarinet and saxophone in his younger years which developed his love for classical music. As a computer programmer, John always enjoyed his computer, especially emailing his now grown-up family. Upon retirement, John and Bonnie made their home in central Wisconsin. Bonnie has a mother and relatives here, and John enjoyed the rivers and lakes and his lengthy employment at Sentinel Detective Agency. He also loved DVD’s, especially action and suspense movies, and enjoyed mystery novels.
Survivors, besides his wife, Bonnie, include their three children, John F. (Carol) Sklander, Arkansas, Kim (Chris) Chereck, Colorado, and Valerie (Joe) Biamonte, Illinois. Also living abroad, a grandson, Douglas Carlson. John has a brother, Russell, Missouri, a sister, Lonny Greene, Washington, a mother-in-law, Lorraine Morrill, Marshfield, three brothers-in-law, Gary Morrill, Ronald Gerber and Jim Greene, a sister-in-law, Barb Morrill, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. John is preceded in death by a sister, Annette Gerber.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau. The Rev. Bruce Lamont will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, on the outskirts of Mosinee (Green Valley). Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Tuesday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is in charge of arrangements.
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