John Andrew Skalsky, 85 of Iron, MN passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at Ecumen North Branch, North Branch, MN. John was born February 27, 1935 to Andrew and Maggie (Gacek) Skalsky in Hibbing, MN. He was a lifelong resident of Iron and Hibbing. John retired from Mesabi Community College after teacher Biology and Computer Science for 20+ years. John was also a U.S. Army Veteran serving in 1954-1956. John enjoyed, gardening, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his grandkids. John especially enjoyed traveling to Canada camping and fishing with his family and the numerous trips he made to the Twin Cities to support his grandkids in their many endeavors. John's wife, Ardele, children and grandchildren were by far the most important people and the highlight of his life. John is preceded in death by his wife, Ardele of 56 years and survived by his children, Becky (John) Odella, Wyoming, MN; John Skalsky, Cedar, MN; Mark Skalsky, Minneapolis, MN and Terry Skalsky Sr., Hinckley, MN. His grandchildren Kelsey and Karley Odella, Ashley Skalsky, Mindy Barto, Terry Jr., Melissa (Shepard), Trevor, and Nathan Skalsky and his 10 great grandchildren. A very special thank you to his nephew Jim Skalski for joining him for monthly memorable lunches, his nephew Jerry and Loretta Wedge, for the many visits and card playing and to the bests neighbor's, Tom and Becky Smith for their friendship and the many cups of coffee that they shared.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Visitation will be held at 1:00 pm. Please feel free to dress casual, blue jeans/flannel shirts as John was just a down to earth kind of person. Due to Covid restrictions, we are unable to have a reception afterwards and we understand if you are unable to attend.
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