John A. Skiba, age
89, of Valparaiso, Ind., formerly of Hammond and Whiting, Ind., passed away
on August 2, 2014.
John was born in
Whiting, Ind., to Frank and Mary (Matusik) Skiba.
He married Nadine
Gatch in 1952.
John is survived by
his three children: Thomas (Terry) Skiba, of Wayzata, Minnesota; Christine
(Terry) Hoover, of Chesterton, Ind., and Daniel (Pam) Skiba of Plainfield,
Ind.; six grandchildren: Jordan and Laura Hoover; Sydney, Jonas, Collin, and
He was preceded in
death by his parents, wife, siblings Ann, Walter, and Lucille; and daughter
John attended St.
Adalbert Grade School in Whiting and later graduated from Hammond Clark High
School in 1944, where he excelled as a varsity football player. After
graduation, he enlisted as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve and began
working at Standard Oil/Amoco first in Whiting and then at their research
laboratories in Naperville, Ill. For most of his career, John held a Senior
Lab Technician position, highlighted by his nuclear weapon research in 1945,
from which he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States
War Department for contributing to the successful conclusion of World War
II. He retired after 40 years of service in 1984.
John was a member
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and was involved in many
volunteer activities including the Holy Name Society, The Knights of
Columbus, and the Ushering Committee. John was an avid fan of high school
sports, especially Bishop Noll where he could be seen in attendance at
football, basketball, and baseball games for many years. He closely followed
Notre Dame football, IU basketball, and the Chicago White Sox. He loved
hiking, bird-watching, gardening, nature, horse racing, and was a Civil War
enthusiast. John was an honorable man who loved a good laugh and had a
unique sense of humor that will be missed by all the wonderful friends and
caregivers who came in contact with him. The family wishes to thank all the
exceptional staff members of the facilities John resided in the last few
years of his life for treating him with such compassion and care.
will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 with a Mass of Christian burial at
10 a.m. directly at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 7132 Arizona Ave.,
Hammond, with father Charles Mosley celebrant. Burial will follow at St.
John Cemetery, Hammond.
Friends are invited
to meet with the family for visitation at Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy
Ave., Hammond (Hessville), on Friday, August 9, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and
on Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church from 9:30 a.m. until 10
Memorials may be
made to Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church or Bishop Noll Institute
information call Bocken Funeral Home at (219)-844-1600, or visit