Chester A. Skop

Chester A. Skop, 90, of Houghton Lake formerly of Elmira, entered the eternal life on August 23, 2018 at his daughter’s home surrounded by family and friends.

He was married to the late Veronica (Prusakiewicz) Skop for fifty-nine years.

Mr. Skop was born in Gaylord, September 10, 1927, the son of Peter and Victoria (Petroski) Skop.  He was a life time resident of Otsego County.

He served during the Korean War on-board the U.S.S. Yorktown off the sea of Japan.  He and his family operated a dairy farm and grew potatoes.  He was a finish carpenter having hung all the doors at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Preceding Chester in death were his parents, Peter and Victoria; brothers Donald, Richard, and Leonard; and sister Jean.

Surviving are three sons and three daughters, Diane of Houghton Lake, David of Elmira, Jeanne (Jerry) George of Gaylord, Kenneth of Florida, Nadine of Gaylord, and Kevin of Elmira; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and fifty foster children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary Cathedral on Monday August 27, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. until the time of mass, with a rosary service to be held at 10:30 A.M. Following Mass, there will be a military presentation and a luncheon.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School. Arrangements entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


  1. Dianne Newman August 24, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the family, for your loss. A Navy seaman, who served aboard the USS Yorktown on our behalf. Our debt of gratitude for your service!
    Dianne Newman

  2. Jim and Barb Lappan August 25, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers to the Skop Family. Always enjoyed our chats about families, agriculture, tractors and the Upper Peninsula.

  3. Mike and Connie Zaborowski August 25, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Our sincere sympathy go out to you and your family. May you find comfort and strength in the many memories you and your dad created together. God bless you and your family.

  4. Steven Langewicz August 26, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Chester was a wonderful neighbor and a dear friend, we are so sad to hear of his passing, He and his wife Veronica touched so many lives, they are together again forever, a Blessing well deserved.

  5. Pam Duczkowski Awrey August 27, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Diane, You are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for the loss of your father.
    Pam Duczkowski Awrey

  6. The Benjamin’s and The Toomey’s August 27, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry about the death of Chet. We will never forget him and his red hat at our red hat picnics. We all have many fond memories of Chet. He was a great guy and will be truly missed!

  7. Jan Skop Weber September 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    We are sorry for your loss. His SURVIVING brother, Edward, 93, of Milford is deeply saddened by Chet’s passing. Our deepest condolences to your family.

  8. Kathleen Dobrzelewski Chau September 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Our sympathy and prayers to your family.

  9. Dee Bruot September 6, 2018 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Diane, I was sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My condolences to you and your family.
    Dee Lyk Bruot

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