1937 – 2014
On Dec. 16, 2014, Art Skaley passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Art was born in Gadsby, Alberta on March 6, 1937 to Otto and Margaret Skaley. Art was the youngest son in a family of three other brothers and three sisters.
He lived and worked on the family farm until he was 16 years old. He ventured on to Monitor, Alberta where he was employed at Peterson Electric. It was here he met the love of his life Sharon Mitchell who soon became his wife of 59 years. Art and Sharon were married on December 5, 1955. The couple moved to Stettler where Art found employment at the Travel Inn for a short time before gaining employment with the Town of Stettler where he worked for nine years.
With the experience Art had gained, he was ready to start a business of his own and in 1965, Skaley Construction was formed. It all began as a business with two pump trucks and grew to include truck mounted backhoes, dump trucks, trackhoes and bobcats all gathered over the years. His business expanded over the 43 years it existed and served the community of Stettler and the surrounding area.
Art and Sharon started their family life together in the town of Stettler. Their daughter Bev arrived on February 18, 1960 and their son Lenard was born June 8, 1961.
In 1975, they moved to an acreage just east of town. In 1990 the family moved to a quarter section south of town. Here Art continued with his construction business but had an opportunity to engage in new adventures like raising Ostriches and composting.
Art also started working with Angus cattle with his son and got involved with showing pure bread Angus cattle. In 1985 at the Fifth World Angus Forum, Art was awarded Grand Champion Female! An achievement he was very proud of.
Art very much enjoyed music and was a self-taught drum player and also played the saxophone. He enjoyed many weekends and evenings playing in several bands in the area.
Art’s greatest joy however was his five grandchildren. He was so very proud of them all and loved to share stories with everyone about their many accomplishments.
Art was predeceased by his parents Otto and Margaret Skaley, sisters Grace, Marie (Lenin) and brothers Harold and Edgar.
He is survived by his loving wife Sharon, daughter Bev (Wade) Konschuh and Lenard (Carolyn) Skaley; grandchildren Parker (Taylor), Rebecca (Jordan), Jessica, Jeffrey and Caylen.
He is also survived by brother John Skaley, sister Shirley Somer and sister-in-law Darlene Skaley as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and so many very dear friends.
A gathering to celebrate Art’s life will be held at the Brennen Funeral Home reception area on January 10, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Art, memorial contributions may be made to the Stettler Health Services Foundation – Heritage House or the Stettler Renal Dialysis in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 403.742.3315
Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.brennenfuneralhome.com.
Like a bird, you’ve grown a set of wings
So you may fly away to a safe place
And be free.
Looking down from your perch admiring the view,
Guiding us through the brambles and roses, making the right
Gambles and choices.
Once in a while you’ll get close enough
To touch, spreading a smile on our faces
And whispering a flutter of your
All the love and well wishes could not
Bring you back to us now,
But we have our very own Guardian Angel
To watch over us now.