October 23, 2018

Charles A. 'Chuck' Skiba

Died July 31, 2017


Charles A. “Chuck” Skiba, 76, of Au Gres passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 31, 2017.

He was born May 19, 1941, in Alpena to the late Anthony and Agnes (Wielinski) Skiba. He graduated from Alpena Catholic Central High School in 1959 and continued his education at Alpena Community College. Chuck later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University, where he played college basketball, was a member of the Arm of Honor fraternity and where he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Burja. They were married Oct. 19, 1963, in Allen Park at the St. Stephens Byzantine Catholic Church. They returned to Alpena in the late 1960s where Chuck taught biology and coached basketball and football at his high school alma mater.

In May 1970, he began his career as a conservation officer, Law Division, for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Wakefield. In the fall of 1972, Chuck and Mary Ann moved to Au Gres, where he continued in his chosen career until his retirement in May of 1995. While working for the DNR, Chuck was commissioned as a federal agent and worked with those agents on special assignments. He was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7717 and a Past Grand Knight. Chuck helped develop the Au Gres Little League baseball fields on North Main Street. He was also a charter member of the Au Gres Walleye Club, a member of the Lions Club, the Au Gres Men’s Club and St. Mark Catholic Church.

He was a proud peace officer and enjoyed his leisure time golfing, fishing, especially fly fishing on the AuSable River, big game hunting, bird hunting with his German shorthairs, and spending time at his cabin that he built with his boys, and he was an avid card player with his family. Chuck’s love of turkey hunting and expertise of turkey calling played a pivotal role in the development and transplantation of turkeys in Arenac County. He was an accomplished carpenter and mason and used these skills to help build the St. Anne Catholic Church in Harrisville.

Chuck is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Mary Ann Skiba; three sons and two daughters, Matthew Charles (Sue) Skiba of Au Gres, Julie Ann (David) Blatnik of Findlay, Ohio, John Anthony Skiba (Christi Rice) of Milan, Ann Terese Skiba (Jeff Raybourn) of Au Gres and Dr. Charles Anthony Skiba Jr. of Beverly Hills, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Christopher James O’Harris, Ian Michael O’Harris, Allison Rose Skiba, Alexia Marie Blatnik, Grace Ann Blatnik, Emma Terese Brownell and Elle Marie Brownell. He was the ninth child of 14, with eight surviving siblings, Arlene Smith of Gaylord, Loretta (Rusty) Rhoads of Alpena, Helen Campbell of Los Angeles, Calif., Tony (Carla) Skiba of Alpena, Pete (Lynne) Skiba of Alpena, Patrick Skiba of Alpena, Debbie Riiber of Oslo, Norway, and Richard (Chris) Skiba of Alpena. He is also survived by many loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and hundreds of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister, Dan Skiba, Jerry Skiba, Alice Szczukowski, Albert Skiba and Tom Skiba.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. (in state 10 a.m.) at St. Mark Catholic Church in Au Gres. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8 p.m. (7 p.m. Scripture) at the Buresh Funeral Home in Au Gres. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


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