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Clifford Skarka

March 5, 1922 — May 12, 2012

Cliff Skarka, 90 of Sidney, Nebraska died Saturday morning, May 12th, at the Sidney Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 19, 2012 in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with Pastor Leonard Suhr of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 P.m. to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with the family present from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the donation of choice by the donor.

Cliff Skarka, the fourth of six children, was born to Joseph and Anna Skarka on March 5th, 1922 on a farm northeast of Potter, NE. Cliff grew up on the farm and attended a country school near the family farm.

Cliff served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Bridgeport NE during WW II.

He married Jean Pinney on June 26th 1948 in Gering, NE. Cliff and Jean had a loving sixty-four year marriage. He enjoyed family visits and taking trips with Jean to various vacation destinations.

Raising two sons Ron and Rex, Cliff hauled freight for a local trucking company, before beginning what would turn out to be a 33 year career with The Ohio Oil Company, later to become Marathon Oil Company, in 1952. Cliff started out as a truck driver, hauling oil rig equipment from site to site during the oil boom days around Sidney. He later worked at the company’s gas plant southwest of Sidney. Cliff completed his service driving a road grader, building and maintaining roads serving oil well sites for the company. He retired in 1985. Cliff was a long standing member of the Sidney Lodge No. 1894 B.P.O. Elks Organization.

Survivors include his son Ron and his wife Connie of Littleton, CO, grandson David Skarka and his wife Shannon, and great grandson Joshua of Greeley, CO, granddaughters Jennifer Daniel and husband Matt, and Katie Herrera and husband Chris all of Denver CO; son Rex and wife Lori of Kearney, NE, granddaughter Sarah of Omaha, NE, and grandson Kellen of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA. He is also survived by one brother, Harold Skarka of Grand Island NE, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and his wife Jean last month.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Sidney is serving the Skarka family.
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