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Le Mars businessman, former Gehlen coach, Tom Skram, dies at 63

Friday, October 24, 2003

Tom E. Skram, 63, of Spirit Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake.

Tom Skram was born Juy 26, 1940, in Mason City, the son of Shirley and Mary Margaret (McLaughlin) Skram. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Mason City in 1958. He then went on to further his education at Loras College, graduating with a business and education degree in 1962.

Tom married Janice Murphy on Sept. 8, 1962, in Dubuque.

Tom worked for 3M for 10 years before going to work for Gehlen Catholic High School in Le Mars, where he taught physical education and business education. He was the varsity men's basketball and cross country coach from 1974 until 1989.

In 1992, Tom and Janice became proud owners of a Subway frachise in Le Mars.

Tom was a member of the Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus, United Way, Gehlen J-Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Janice of Spirit Lake; two daughters, Julia Peters and her husband, David, and Cynthia Staver and her husband, James; three sons, Tom Skram Jr. and his wife, Lisa, Peter Skram and his wife, Cheryl, and Michael Skram and his wife, Lori; five sisters, Virginia Lannon, Kathleen Jenkins, Christina Sahn, Mary Lynn Demmer and Jeanie Tomy; two brothers, Steve Skram and John Skram; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Mary Margaret Skram.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial will be in St. Margaret's Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Visitation will be Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church from 7 to 9 p.m, with a Vigil for the Deceased at 7:30 p.m. The Schuchert Funeral Home in Spirit Lake is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Dick Lees, Dick Heimer, Pat Minnick, Luke Sauer, Denny Bollin and Denny Muller.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Catholic School Foundation of the Diocese of Sioux City.



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