John "Wes" Wesley Skaden
December 31, 1925 - August 6, 2016
A Celebration of Life for John "Wes" Wesley Skaden, 90, of Blue Earth was held August 10, 2016, at Patton Funeral Home, Blue Earth. Wes died August 6, 2016, at Parkview Care Center, Wells. Burial was at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, Frost.
Wes born at home, December 31, 1925, in Rome Township, Frost. He attended country school and graduated from Frost High School were he participated in both basketball and football. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served with the 243rd AAF from February, 1944, until being honorably discharged in March, 1946.
After his military service, he attended and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and married Mavis Midthun and then moved to Blue Earth. While in Blue Earth, he worked at the Farmers Elevator and later managed the Guckeen Farmers Elevator. In 1977, he and Mavis began a new adventure, owning and operating the A & W Drive Inn in Jefferson, IA. After Mavis passed away in 1997, Wes moved back to Blue Earth.
Wes loved his family and had many friends. He reveled in his part-time retirement of farming. He also enjoyed playing cards with "the guys", fishing trips to Canada, watching Twins baseball and his volunteer work at Trinity Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his sister, Ardys Frandle, his five children; John (Carol) Skaden, Nancy Schonborn, Dick Shelly) Skaden, Dave (Anne) Skaden, and Jim (Tina) Skaden. he is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 23 grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his wife, Mavis, his parents, Oscar and Hilda, his sister, Delores Chilson and three grandchildren.
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