Clark V. Skaggs 81, of Cherokee - a former long time rural Cleghorn resident- passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2007 at his home, following a two-month battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held on May 3 at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Don Meyer officiated. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery, rural Meriden.
Clark was born on Aug. 20, 1926 in Cherokee County to Will and Fanny (Prunty) Skaggs. He graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1944, and later attended Buena Vista College. He was married to Veniece Miller on May 29, 1947 at Sioux Falls, S.D., and was later married to Ardyce (Latuska) Barritt , on Oct. 7, 1977 in Marcus.
Clark drove school bus for the Cleghorn school for one year, and then started farming north of Cleghorn in 1948. He founded CVS Feed & Fertilizer, which he operated from the 1960's until 1997. Clark was a member of the Paullina and Cherokee Flying Clubs, and loved to travel - traveling to Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Spain, the Holy Land, and Romania (15 times). He enjoyed camping with his family, mechanical work on tractors and cars, flying his various planes, playing the trumpet and whistling. He had been a resident of Cherokee since 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dennis Skaggs, and an infant brother, Royal Skaggs.
He is survived by his wife Ardyce; four children: Diana (Jim) Johnson of St. John, Kansas; Mary Jo (Don) Riepe of Guthrie, Okla.; Lisa (Brian) Caldwell of Mapleton, Minn.; and Andy Skaggs and his fiancee, Shelby Lloyd, of Cleghorn; three step-children: Bill (Jill) Barritt of Cleghorn, Carrie (Mike) Smeltzer of Cleghorn, and Jay (Aimee) Barritt of Cherokee; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Skaggs Prell and her husband Larry of Larrabee; five step-grandchildren;and one brother, LeRoy Skaggs of Anchorage, Alaska.