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Obituary for Stanley G. Skow
Stanley G. Skow Mapleton, Iowa - Stanley G. Skow, 73, of Mapleton, Iowa passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Mapleton. The funeral service will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton with Rev. Steve Bielenberg officiating. Pastor Jeff Hesterman will assist. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Mapleton with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Loren Hollister Post #496 of Mapleton. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. The family requests that those attending the visitation and prayer service wear their John Deere green in honor of Stan's appreciation of John Deere tractors. Condolences may be directed to the family online at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Stanley Gordon Skow was born March 10, 1941, at Onawa, Iowa, the son of Gordon and Donna (Johnson) Skow. The family lived in the Castana area except for a short time in Omaha. Stan attended school in Castana and Mapleton, and, in 1963, he enlisted in the Army National Guard. On May 24, 1963, he was united in marriage to Mavis Lyman at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton. The couple lived in Omaha until 1966, when Stan's Guard unit was called to active duty during the Viet Nam War. As a result of this action, the young family moved to Fort Carson, Colorado. They returned to Mapleton in 1969. Stan worked at the Mapleton Co-Op Station for a short time and then Flanigan Brothers. He then bought his own truck and worked in the trucking business until his retirement in 1998. He ran for Monona County Supervisor and won three terms, serving 12 years until 2010, a portion of that time as Chairman of the Board. Stan truly loved his role as Supervisor and he made a whole new group of friends and colleagues through his service. As a result of these alliances, it would take Stan all day just to get his driver's license renewed because of all of the people he needed to visit while at the court house that day. Stan was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton. He was also a dedicated member of the American Legion Loren Hollister Post#496 of Mapleton where he regularly served in military graveside honors. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Mavis and the freedom he felt in driving around in their convertible. He loved everything John Deere and would frequently defend it over that "other color." Stan liked to go to coffee every afternoon and visit for hours with his buddies. He was gifted with the ability of sharing an easy conversation and a friendly laugh. When you think of Stan you just can't help but smile. Those left to embrace their memories of Stan include Mavis, his wife of nearly 51 years; a daughter, Lisa Wenger and Tom Weber of Danbury, Iowa; a son, Darrin Skow and Kris Brenner also of Danbury; five grandchildren, Matt, Samantha, and Rebecca Wenger and Garrett and Max Skow; four great grandchildren, Ashton Lichtenberg, Jeff Wenger, Olivia Wenger, and Dante Skow; one sister and her husband, Linda and Lowell Iske of Papillion, Nebraska; one brother, David Skow of Plano, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and a "truckload" of good friends. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Judy Skow who passed away just one week before Stan. Stan's grandchildren and great grandchildren will serve as his honorary pallbearers and his fellow Legionnaires will be his pallbearers.