James B. Skarda


OREGON – James B “Jim” Skarda, age 94, passed away on Jan. 21, 2022 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born on Nov. 24, 1927 in Chicago, the son of Jacob and Marcella (Hanek) Skarda.

Growing up, he loved working on the family farm in Wisconsin with his younger brother, Darryl. He graduated from Oak Park River Forrest High School in 1945 where he met his beloved wife of 70 years, Nancy Marshall. They married on November 9, 1946.  Jim was a well respected carpet installer doing the work from the age of 20 until he retired at the age of 87. He moved to Oregon in 1991 from St. Charles.

He was the oldest member of the Rock River Senior Center. Jim was passionate about playing pool on Tuesday and Friday with his friends, and spent Wednesday playing dominoes with the Ladies of Dominoes. He loved his John Deere tractor, his GMC car, and watching Judge Judy. But more than anything Jim loved his life, making sure to appreciate every day.  

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his parents, and brothers Darryl and Adrian.  

He is survived and missed by his children, Jacquelyn McKay of Wheaton, Jim (Shirley) Skarda, Jr. of Canadian Lakes, Mich., Julie (Ellen Byrne) Skarda of Maple Park, JoEllen (Dave) Vanderpool of Lake Helen, Fla., Janette (Chris Burzio) Skarda of Hood River, Ore., Jeffrey (Helene) Skarda of Indialantic, Fla., and Jack (Deidre) Skarda of West Melbourne, Fla.; sister, Joyce (Jim) Dannehy of Canyon Lake, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with one on the way.

No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name may be made to the Rock River Senior Center. To leave an online condolence please visit www.farrellhollandgale.com