Roy Skaer

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Roy Walter Skaer, 89, of Smithton, IL, born September 14, 1928, in Prairie du Long Township, IL, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Smithton, IL.

Roy was a retired farmer and a long time official for Prairie du Long Township.  He was a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau and St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, where he had served on the church council. He was a former Smithton School Board member and Smithton Volunteer Fire Department Trustee.  Roy was an Army veteran having served in Germany during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis J. and Elizabeth A., nee Froese, Skaer; a brother, Curt Skaer; a sister, Doris (Grover) Carr; a sister-in-law, Agnes (Walter) Frierdich, two brothers-in-law, Dan Schneider and Ralph Henss; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Cecilia Schneider.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Ann, nee Schneider, Skaer, whom he married on September 9, 1951, in Piggot, AK;
a daughter, Diane Lupa (John Rekart);
two sons, Dean (Jane) Skaer and Gary (Fay) Skaer;
six grandchildren, Allan (Stephanie) Skaer, Andrew (Jackie) Skaer, Elizabeth (Travis) Shaw, John Skaer, Steven (Laurel) Lupa, and Brian Lupa;
five great-grandchildren; Lillian, Dean, Mollie, Margaret, Gwyneth, and another grandchild due this fall;
two sisters-in-law, Ethel Skaer, and Elaine (Don) Ortman;
and four brothers-in-law, Frank (Janice) Schneider, Ralph (Antoinette) Schneider, Robert (Janet) Schneider, and Kenneth (Becky) Schneider.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Hospice of Southern IL or to St. John’s United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, IL, with Rev. Dwayne Dollgener officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Smithton City Cemetery, Smithton, IL.



7 Comments on Roy Skaer

Deborah Patterson said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2018 at 5:18 AM

We just learned of Roy's passing, and want to send out deepest sympathies to Dorothy and to all the Skaer family. He was a truly great man, who had an amazing spirit, full of joy and courage. I can only imagine the loss his passing leaves. Please know we are holding you all in prayer. Sincerely, Deb, Steve, Sophia and John Patterson

  • Salem
  • Oregon
Mary Schoenborn Mosir said : Guest Report Jul 16, 2018 at 2:26 AM

Thoughts and prayers for all Roy's family. Fond memories will sustain and comfort you. Love & God bless

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Alyssa Hanlon said : Guest Report Jul 14, 2018 at 3:47 PM

May your joyful memories of Roy Skaer help to comfort you and all who knew him during this difficult time.

  • Wappingers Falls
  • NY
Karla Lppert said : Guest Report Jul 13, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Dear Dorothy & Family My thought and prayers are with you during this sad time. May the memories you share bring you comfort and peace till you meet again. With Deepest Sympathy, Karla Lippert

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Virginia Busch said : Guest Report Jul 12, 2018 at 1:26 PM

So sorry for your lost. Treasure the family memories. God rest his soul and give you all comfort in your time of grief. Love and peace to all.

  • Imperial
  • MO
Ralph and Susan McQuiggan said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 7:53 PM

Diane, may your father be at rest in God's loving arms. Our prayers and love are with you and your family.

  • Manchester
  • MO
Joe and Carol Sabo said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2018 at 6:21 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy. Uncle Roy was a true treasure. He will be deeply missed. I will always remember his positive upbeat attitude , his ability to do a great polka, his love of family. Regretfully we are out of town during the visitation and funeral. Please know we are there in spirit and prayer.

  • Waterloo
  • Il

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