Leland "Lee" Skalberg, age 91, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
A memorial service will be 10:30 AM on Monday, December 21, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Yankton, with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the Patriot Guard Riders. A gathering of friends and family is from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 3:30 PM followed by a masonic service by St. John's Lodge #1.
Leland "Lee" Skalberg was born May 30, 1924, Ulen, Minnesota, to David and Hildur (Larson) Skalberg. He grew up in Wausa, Nebraska and was raised by his mother after his father passed away when he was 8 years old. He attended school in Wausa and graduated from Wausa High School in 1942. He enlisted into the United States Navy and served three years in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He married Phyllis Bengtson on June 20, 1946, in Wausa, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in 1950. They moved to Orchard, Nebraska, where Lee taught agriculture to veterans for 11 years. He then began selling for Walnut Grove Feed in Orchard. He became Divisional Sales Manager for Walnut Grove and was transferred to Yankton, South Dakota in 1961. In 1964, Lee began his 47 year career selling insurance for Equitable Life Assurance in Yankton.
Lee's faith was very important part of his life. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was very active in Bible Studies, Methodist Men and even served the surrounding community as a lay minister. He was also a member of the Yankton VFW, American Legion, St. John's Masonic Lodge #1, El Raid Shrine and Eastern Star. Lee was a kind, hardworking man who was a great businessman and loved his family above all else. Lee was a very faithful and devoted husband who truly lived his vows, caring for Phyllis as her health declined.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Phyllis of Yankton; two children: Dave (Brenda Young) Skalberg of Mitchell, South Dakota and Brenda (John) Janssen of Emery, South Dakota; three grandchildren: Christopher (Missy Bunger) Janssen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Emily (Kevin) Petoske of Sioux Falls; and Katie (Ross) Petrick of Garretson, South Dakota; and four great grandchildren: Reese, Grayson, Sam, and Lucy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brent; two brothers: Don and Virgil Skalberg; and sister, Rachel Anderson.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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To Lee's family, I just heard of Lee's passing, my sympathies & prayers are with you all in this time of loss.
Dear Dave, Brenda and families, We are so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you especially this Christmas. We hope the wonderful memories and gifts he gave you bring you peace and joy.
Tom & Margaret Holland
Phyllis and family, I extend sympathies and prayers to you all. Lee was a good businessman and kind person. God Bless You.
Virginia "Gini" Voigt
Thinking of you all during this sad time and wishing we could be with you.
Love to you all, Andy and Carl
Phyllis, Brenda and Dave,
I was so sorry to hear of Lee's death. We were next door neighbors back in the early sixties and enjoyed their friendship so much. We did love seeing Katie on KELO and would see her once in while in Mitchell, It was nice to see that Lee was able to take that trip with WW II veterans to Washington, DC.
Rodney Hall, Mitchell, SD
I'm so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. I always enjoyed working with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours during this sad time. May your memories of him bring you peace and happiness throughout the years.
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