Arnold “Arnie” Skowronski

Arnie Skowronski of Gaylord passed away on November 12, 2018 at Grayling Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Grayling, Mich. on December, 20 1949 to Adam and Angeline (Jurek) Skowronski.  Arnie was the oldest of four sons.

He was a 1968 graduate of St. Mary High School and was proud to be on the very first football team in his senior year, wearing number 66.

Arnie started working as a teenager for Sun Kissed Christmas Tree Farm, the original Big Boy restaurant in Gaylord, and, for a short term, with Cooper-Standard Products.    He worked 34 years, as a fork lift driver for Georgia-Pacific.  Arnie also farmed the family homestead, and was owner of the A & A Farm Sales, for which he would buy and sell used farm equipment.

His final equipment sale was completed on November 11, 2018.

The second Tuesday of each month meant a trip to Archbold, Ohio for an auction.  Other times he would travel far and wide to the next auction, always looking forward to buying and selling. He had, or would find, accurate information on farm equipment.   Later in life, the internet was his most useful tool.

A man of many opinions,  compassionate about his  beliefs. he was often ready to voice them at the drop of a hat. Sometimes it was best not to ask or encourage him.  Yet, deep down, this man was tender-hearted; the often rough exterior was only a facade.

He loved to play cards,  loved to travel, loved  polka music,  and loved to cook, especially Polish foods.

You might say he took the road less traveled, whether the back roads of  northern Michigan or a trip across the United States, to Texas, Arizona or Washington.  He took great joy seeing farmland, farmers in the field, and all

kinds of crops.  Once, he stopped to talk to a farmer in his yard to say, “I’m a farmer from Michigan” that started a long conversation. Never in a hurry, he even let his wife shop along the way

As a baseball fan he made sure to visit as many major baseball stadiums as possible,  in all he made ten.  Sometimes on a trip, he would make a detour,

just because the team was in town.

Arnie was married a memorable 40 years to his wife, Joann (DeBuck), of which there was “more yum than yuck,” as he would say. They were married on November 26, 1977, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  So he celebrated his anniversary always on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, some years he was early, some late, and once in a while on time.  But, he never forgot.

Left to share his memories as a husband, father, and JaJa are his wife Joann, son Adam, and his “little one” granddaughter Addison.  Also his brothers, Dwain (Kathleen) and Eric (Robby), a niece, Angeline, nephews, Mark, John, Cole, Dalton.  Many extended family members and numerous friends, including those at the auction sites.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Adam and Angeline (Jurek) Skowronski, and his brother Roger.

The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors at OMH, St Mary Hospital in Saginaw, the Grayling Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Michigan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am on Saturday Nov 17 at St. Mary Cathedral.

Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Friday, Nov. 16th from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm and will continue on Saturday (Nov. 17th) at the cathedral from 10:00 am until the time of services.  A parish wake service will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening (Nov 16) at 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers,  donations may be made to the family for Addison’s higher educational fund, or to a charity of your choice thru Nelson’s Funeral Home


  1. MaryAnn Thomas November 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss Joann and Adam. Thinking of you in this time of sorrow. Hugs and much love.

  2. Shannon And Steve Mench November 13, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss, Joann and Adam.

  3. Karen November 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Joanne so sorry to hear about Arnie. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  4. Katherine Henderson November 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Joanne you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Arnie will be missed by so many.

  5. Joe and Micki Hickersom November 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam, we are so sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. You are in our prayers, he will be greatly missed.

  6. Kay Skop November 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Joann and family , so sorry to hear that Arnie passed.
    My prayers are with you.

  7. Rachel DeBuck November 13, 2018 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Aunt Joann, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Adam during this difficult time. Love, Rachel, Dan, Jakob and Abby

  8. Susanne (O’Rourke) Padgett November 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Joann I’m sorry for the loss of Arnie he was a friend of mine from St Mary’s, he was a kind person that has left us way to soon.

  9. Sue Fuelling November 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss! Arnie will be missed! Take care.

  10. Autumn Allen November 13, 2018 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam, So Sorry for your loss sending prayers and hugs .Arnie was a great guy he use to tease me and always had a hug when I saw him.

  11. Jessica (Artibee) Schwinghammer November 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Sending lots of love and prayers from Minnesota from your old neighbors.

    “What’s for dinner???”

    Love, Jessica

  12. Chet & Mary Szymanski November 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Chet and I are so sorry to hear of Arnies passing. We are on vacation but will be with you in spirit, sending warm thoughts and prayers. Arnie was truly one of a kind man and friend.

  13. Chantal Kucharek November 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    John and I are so sorry for your loss
    We will all miss Arnie
    You and your family are in our thoughts,hearts and prayers
    God Bless all of you
    John and Chantal Kucharek

  14. Andrea Allemon November 13, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    We are so very sorry for your loss…Arnie was a wonderful man….Cherish the good memories always! Love and Prayers to Joann and family. We will see you on Friday.
    Henry & Andrea Allemon

  15. Pau; & Jeny Merline November 13, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Joann, It seems like only yesterday when we all met for lunch. What a fun time we had. We will remember Arnie as the fun, jovial guy who always had an opinion for everything. We will keep you, Adam and the rest of your family in our prayers.

  16. Margaret Evans Albert November 14, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Joann and family, I am so sorry to hear of Arnie’s death. I didn’t know your husband but knowing you, he must have been as vibrant and full of life as you. It certainly sounds like it. You’re all in my thoughts at this very difficult time.

  17. Leo, Mary, and Tom Sensabaugh November 14, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you!
    Hold on to the good memories!

  18. Linda Martin November 14, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Joanne so sorry to hear of Arnies passing! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  19. Phillip & Cindy Lancaster November 15, 2018 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Joann and Adam We are so sorry to hear that your dear one has passed away. He was one of a kind. Remember he is never far away for his spirit and memories will be with you forever. Sending you all our love, hugs and prayers. Aunt Helen, Phil, and Cindy

  20. John Garcia November 15, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    RIP, Arnie.

  21. Cherylynn Mills November 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Joann & Family
    Me (Cherylynn) & Rita send our Condolonces to you and the Family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with during this Sorrowful time.

    Rita A Kosiara – Rosado
    Cherylynn M. Kosiara – Mills

  22. Mike and Monica November 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Condolences to the family for your loss. I am sorry for the pain and emptiness of heart you must feel at this time. Hoping the many memories you shared together and the passing of time will bring you comfort. We look forward to a time when our almighty God, Jehovah will undo all the pain, sickness and death forever, giving an opportunity for life on a paradise earth. Please read these scriptures from your Bible to help your pain; Psalm 37:29, Revelation 21:4, John 5:28 & 29.

  23. Patricia Tolman November 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss
    He will be missed
    Love you

  24. Greg and Linda Arbogast November 15, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Joann, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers b

  25. Jenifer Purdy November 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam sorry to hear of Arnie passing my condolences.

  26. Barb and Mike Switalski November 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Joann, Adam, Addison, we will greatly miss Arnie, but his heart and all the memories will be always with us as we travel through our lives. May God hold all of us in his palm!! Love Mike and Barb Switalski We will place some orchids in the bay of Singapore for your family!!

  27. Phillip and Cindy Lancaster November 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam, we are so sorry to hear that Arnie passed away. He was one of a kind. We will miss him. Remember he is never far away, for his spirit and memories will live within you forever. Sending you all our love, hugs, and prayers. Aunt Helen, Phil and Cindy.

  28. Tracy Renkiewicz November 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Joann and Adam, may Arnie be without pain and riding a tractor all day! He was one of a kind and so proud of Adam and Addison. May peace be with all three of you. Love, Bob and Tracy Renkiewicz

  29. Pam Awrey November 16, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Joanne you are in my thoughts and prayers. This brings such a rush of emotion for me. May he rest in peace. There to welcome into the kingdom are Angie, Helen, Sophie and my mamma Alice. Such stories they will have for him. I can still hear all of those lovely ladies laughing enjoying their lunch and a thimble of wine. Take care, Pam Awrey

  30. Marge & Denny Nurski November 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Joanne, so sorry to learn of Arnie’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts. Take care.

  31. Marge & Denny Nurski November 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Joanne, Just learned of Arnie’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  32. Chantal Kucharek November 16, 2018 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    John and I are so sorry for your loss JoAnn. You and your family are in our prayers,thoughts and prayers
    God Bless you all
    John and Chantal

  33. Jill Kapture November 21, 2018 at 2:59 am - Reply

    I just received the message that Arnie had passed. I am SO very sorry. My thoughts & prayers are with you & Adam during this difficult time. I know how much you loved your sweet partner. Loving hugs & God’s blessings to you.

  34. Wendy Burden(Zev Edwards mom) November 21, 2018 at 6:48 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. My fondest memories of course come from our class journey to California and back to Michigan! Arnie made the trip even more memorable and many laughs were due to all the stories he shared with us! I know his big heart captured and filled your life with joy and laughter. You both seemed to be meant for each other. May your memories bring comfort to you and your family.

  35. Steven Davidson December 18, 2018 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about Arnie. Thinking about you, Adam, and the rest of the family.

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