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John T Skahen
Nov. 4, 1943 - Feb. 26, 2017
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Monday, Mar. 6, 2017
11:30 am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E Main St
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Monday, Mar. 6, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Eagles and Parish Vigil:
Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
John T Skahen
Chilton, WI

John Thomas Skahen, age 73, of Chilton, died on February 26, 2017 at his home in Chilton. He was born November 4, 1943 in Appleton, Wisconsin son of the late Daniel & Dorothy (Carroll) Skahen. John married Ruth Marie Jannsen on September 15, 1979 at the former St. Mary Catholic Church in Chilton.

John took a lot of pride in his farming and farmed on his family homestead until it was sold in 1984. He went on and had various jobs at Hernke’s Cheese in Hilbert, Stoelting in Kiel, and eventually fully retiring from Amerquip in Kiel. After retirement his house was still not quiet and helped Ruth by watching children throughout the years. He has a special place in his heart for all the children he watched after. The children looked forward to the week ahead when he got to pick them up from school, play pretend, or helping them learn how to ride bike.

John was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church formerly St. Augustine Parish. Religion and the church were very important to John and he thought highly of his faith. He was a grounds keeper at St. Augustine's for many years, ushered, helped at the BBQ chicken fry outs, and supported all the church functions, dances, and picnics around the area. John also enjoyed a good tenderloin on the grill, polka music, listening Saturday mornings to the Jerry Schneider Show, dancing to polka music, bowling, playing bean bags, and he could always be seen supporting the local functions around town. John could be found at the local fire department picnics, band concerts in Chilton, and parades around the county to name just a few. He was a lifetime member of the Eagles and also seen bartending at the Eagles Club back in the day, enjoyed playing sheepshead, and continued to be a supportive Packer fan.

With the sturgeon spearing season just ending, John still took a lot of pride of spearing the largest fish off of Lake Winnebago since 2014. He named his fish Sally and to celebrate he and Sally went around the lake having a shot of Dr. McGillicuddy’s. After a full day of spearing he enjoyed therapy at the chopper box with friends and family off the shore of Quinney. John now has an empty chair at Ethel’s where he loved his Pabst Blue Ribbon or a shot of extra sharp ginger brandy. Never did he pass up a good game of liar’s dice.

John was known as Papa John by many and everyone would say he liked to have a good time. He had great advice for those who were with him , “ it’s all part of growin up”. Although he had his favorite drink, he wasn’t too fussy and he was looking forward to the upcoming St. Patty’s Day, his favorite holiday of the year. John was 100% Irish and wanted everyone to know it, especially on St. Patrick’s Day as he dressed for the event.

John will be missed by many, but especially his wife of 37 years, Ruth and his girls, Judy (Don) Wesener and Diane Skahen and fiancee Mark Ecker. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Rose Skahen, Godchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gerald Skahen, brother-in-law, Eugene Jannsen, and a niece, Patricia Skahen.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 AM on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton with the Rev. John Hephner officiating. Friends may call at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W Main St) in Chilton from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 5, 2017 and on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the funeral home from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Prayer services will take place Sunday evening at the funeral home at the close of the visitation.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of John Skahen.
Our sympathy to Ruth and family. Our biggest memory of John goes back to the eighties when he and three or four kids came to help us pick cob corn. It was a very wet year and we couldn't get the corn picked, so we picked a gravity box every week so we could feed the animals. We appreciated the help and they had a good time helping. Kids wanted to come back next week to help again. So thanks to John and effort to come and help us. May he rest in peace.

Art and Joyce Kopf (Friend) - Mar. 6, 2017


John and I were altar boys for my brother Bob's wedding in 1957. Whenever we got together as kids, we got the "giggles", and sure enough we giggled our way through the mass. I'm surprised the Priest didn't kick us off the altar.
Rest in Peace with your Irish brethren John.

Stan Mathes (Cousin) - Mar. 5, 2017


The Klarner Family offers our condolences to family and friends of John. I was at Fort
Leonard Wood with John's brother Gerald, in 1958. Just opened the post book, there was Gerald's obituary, Jan 29, 2006. Back then you were still drafted.

God Bless

Melvin & Nancy Klarner
N332 Tamarack Dr.
Appleton, wI 54915

Melvin Klarner (Military with brother) - Mar. 4, 2017


John was a wonderful neighbor always willing to help. He also could always make you laugh.

Debbie Propson Alva Florida (Neighbor) - Mar. 4, 2017


Ruth, Judy and Diane,
My heart goes out to you during this tough time. Hold on to all your good memories it will get through the hard days to come. I will never forget my Grandpa, my Dad and John sitting around sharing a cold one and laughing with us kids running around the farm or back yard. Love you all.

Lori Fafnis (Relative) - Mar. 1, 2017


Dear Ruth & family, we will miss John dearly. He was a special man with a big IRISH heart of gold. I always enjoyed seeing him and hearing his words of wisdom. Great Irish wit! St. Patrick's Day won't be the same this year here in Chilton, but it should be a heck of a time in heaven! God bless you John, and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

tom and linda cullen (friends) - Mar. 1, 2017


I really got to know John when he lived next door to Evie and Wes. We had lots of laughs and good times when we would play cards and shake dice. We would always make a person laugh. He will be missed very dearly. Say hi to Wes for us!!!!

karen swonger (friend) - Feb. 28, 2017


Judy, Don, and family,
Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Feb. 27, 2017


The girls always loved to come by you for daycare because John would play with them and tease them and we always had to stop by John for trick-or-treating for their little treats that they loved. Thanks for the memories John

Randy and Lynda Karls (friend/ daycare years ago) - Feb. 27, 2017


We always had a lot of laughs working the St. Augustines Parish picnic. May you rest in peace my friend!

Dan.Stroobants (long time friend) - Feb. 27, 2017


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