Gust Skarberg, 88, passed away peacefully Aug. 20, 2002, at his home in Clinton.
He was born Sept. 20, 1913, in High Point, now part of Issaquah, to John and Karin Skarberg, who had emigrated from Sweden.
Mr. Skarberg lived in Clinton for more than 80 years, and graduated from Langley High School in 1931. He did many things in his life, including selling pots and pans during the Depression, working for Langendorf, with most of his work life spent in the construction trade and operating fishing canneries in Alaska during his later years.
His community service included 18-and-a-half years on the South Whidbey School Board, manager of the Island County Fair for many years, the Washington State Fair Board, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church council, president of Good Cheer board, 32nd degree Mason, president of South Whidbey PTA, Little League organizer, and he was famous for his Swedish pancakes. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many in the community.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a brother, Al Skarberg, Everett; a daughter, Janet Brown, and her partner, Dick McClellan, of Clinton; a son, Ken, and wife, Nancy Skarberg, of Gig Harbor; three grandchildren, Ron Brown and his wife, Lori, of Clinton, Joy Brown and her partner, PeeWee Veit, of Clinton, and Shirley Lincoln (Skarberg) and her husband, Bill, of Gig Harbor; three great-grandchildren, Shannon Brown, Mary Brown and Jacob Lincoln; a step great-grandchild, Billy Lincoln; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland, with a reception following at the Masonic Temple in Bayview. Remembrances can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Clinton, or Good Cheer, Langley.