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Arnold “Arnie” Skowronski

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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

35 comments on “Arnold “Arnie” Skowronski”

  1. Joe and Micki Hickersom

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

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

      • Susanne (O’Rourke) Padgett

        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.

        • 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.

          • Jessica (Artibee) Schwinghammer

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

            “What’s for dinner???”

            Love, Jessica

            • Chet & Mary Szymanski

              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.

              • JoAnn
                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

                • 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

                  • Pau; & Jeny Merline

                    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.

                    • Margaret Evans Albert

                      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.

                      • Phillip & Cindy Lancaster

                        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

                        • 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

                          • 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.

                            • Barb and Mike Switalski

                              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!!

                              • Phillip and Cindy Lancaster

                                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.

                                • 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

                                  • 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

                                    • 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

                                      • 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.

                                        • Wendy Burden(Zev Edwards mom)

                                          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.
                                          Wendy

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