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Obituary: Skaggs


Jack Douglas Skaggs, 80, of Chenoa, died at 8:04 pm, in his home on December 12, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.


Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life for Jack and his beloved wife, Karen, will be held at their home in Chenoa from 6-8 pm on January 13th, 2023. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa is in charge of arrangements.

Jack was born April 1, 1942 in Genoa City, Wisconsin, a son of Mildred Weber. He grew up in the Chatsworth and Chenoa areas and married a beautiful lady, Karen Augspurger, on January 19, 1964. In his younger years, he was a member of the National Guard and a butcher. He was most well known for owning a plumbing business in Lexington, and later retired from the Pontiac Correctional Center as a maintenance engineer. In retirement, he and Karen operated Skaggs Grills.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Weber; daughter Jackie (John) Corrie; son JD (Jaime) Skaggs; four grandchildren, Zachary and Alexander Corrie, and Kenna and Kaylee Skaggs; “sister-in-law”, Sharon Kelleher; half siblings, Greg (Mary) Weber, Donna (Cory) Ray, Patty (John) Hill, Cindy Weber, and Stacy (Lynette) Weber. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, June (Wes) Stalter, and three dogs, Babe, Boyd, and Baxter; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen, best friend Steve Kelleher, multiple sisters- and brothers-in-law, and one nephew-in-law.

Jack was an avid Packers fan and cherished the memory of taking in a game at Lambeau Field. He loved to cook, try new recipes, and dine at restaurants, whether new or nostalgic. He never missed his children’s sporting events, and in later days enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s events online. Despite not being able to swim, he and Karen spent many family vacations at the Lake of the Ozarks. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with friends and never turned down a good poker game.

Jack was a member of the Elks Club, Shriners, Chenoa football chain gang, and Alcoholics Anonymous where he was sober for over 25 years. Memorials can be sent to Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, P.O. Box 163, Chenoa, IL 61726 and will be designated for CASA/Chenoa First Responders.

Jack was kind to all he met, genuine to the core, and loved his family fiercely.


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