Alfred Julian Skogen

Born: Thu., Sep. 1, 1932
Died: Thu., Sep. 12, 2019

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Sep. 28, 2019
Location: Ronan Community Center

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Alfred Julian Skogen was born September 1, 1932 in Ronan, Montana to Alfred and Isabel Skogen.  He passed away peacefully on September 12, 2019 in Ronan, Montana.  He was 87 years young.  Al was the 5th of six children. 

He attended Ronan public schools, and was very active in all sorts of activities from student council, drama and band, to football and basketball.  He graduated in the class of 1950 and then served in the US Army for several years.  His dream was to go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career but his father unexpectedly passed away and he chose to stay home with his Mother and take over the family jewelry store.  He attended watch making school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. 

In 1957, Al married Patricia Funke and they had three children, Cindy, Fred, and Karen.  They purchased the Gaiety Theatre, later renamed The Entertainer Theatre, and Patsy ran the business for 14 years.   After 22 years of marriage Al & Patsy divorced in 1978.  In 1982, Al married Mardene Wirz and inherited 2 children that he loved as his own, Brenda and Brad.  They were married for 35 years until Mardene’s death in 2017.  

Al worked several jobs including selling insurance and selling cars for Don Aadsen Ford before he began his work at Ronan State Bank in 1968.  He continued his work at the bank for over 40 years, fully retiring at the age of 78.  His real passion began in 1976 when he and a group of local golf enthusiasts had the crazy idea of starting a golf course in Ronan.  Several years later, land was purchased west of Ronan, and in 1987, after over a decade of fundraising, construction began on the Mission Mountain Country Club.  Many worked on getting the project off the ground, but Al was always the driving force.  He loved introducing new people to the game he loved.  Al loved his community and served it tirelessly.  He sat on the Ronan City Council and the Ronan school board.  He was a member of the Elks and the Jaycees as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  He was the “voice of the Chiefs” football program for 50 years, announcing games first for his friends, then his son, then his grandsons. 

Throughout his life, Al loved to entertain people young and old.  Many of his friends and family can share fond memories of Al in a Santa suit.  He had a set of pantomime skits that he loved to perform and he performed them up and down the Mission Valley for various groups of people. Al was an avid Grizzly fan, holding season tickets for many years.  One of his most memorable travels was seeing the Griz play in Nashville, Tennessee for the National Championship in 2008.

In his retirement years, he played a lot of golf, watched a lot of Mariners games, cheered on the Griz, returned to his love of antique clock repair, and survived a battle with cancer.  

Al is survived by his children: Cindy (Tom) Dell of Billings, Montana, Fred (Tammy) Skogen of Greeley, Colorado, Karen (Aaron) Haslem of Red Hook, New York, Brenda (Rick) Dennis of Charlo, Montana, and Brad (Sandy) Wirz of Ronan, Montana.  Al leaves behind a legacy in 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren: grandchildren Riley (Chye), Alex (Trae) Garcia and Nathan Dennis. BreeAnna (Ryley) Duford, Chris (Emily) Byker, Sadie, Gabby, Lexi and Peyton Wirz, Amy (James) Rozell, Aaron (Marrisa) Skogen, Alan (Kelsey) Skogen, Adam (Alexis) Skogen, Titus, Noah, Ciciley and Lucas Haslem, JT (Ashley) Dell, and Megan (Adam) Goldammer, and 20 great-grandchildren, Aden, Kolby, Victoria, Sydney, Molly, Sicily, Emma, Carter, Kaden, Davin, Landon, Virginia, Stephen, Madeline, Derek, Aliya, Everly, Hennessy, Nevada,Lucas and Keaton.

           A Memorial Service will be held on September 28th at 4:00 P.M. at the Ronan Community Center. A potluck dinner will be served.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial scholarship that’s been set up in Al’s name.

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Percella Jane Tougas
   Posted Tue September 17, 2019
Al will be missed he was a lot of fun and a great friend,I am sure you will cherish the memories of him. Sincere sympathy, Pat and Jane Tougas

Lee Jones
   Posted Fri September 20, 2019
Sorry for your loss. I pray the comfort of GOD will strengthen you and keep you at this time of bereavement. May God bless you always. - Lee
" my Father's house there are many mansions.I go to prepare a place for you...that where I am you may be also..." - John 14:6

DarylAnn "Annie" Kruse and Shana Standley-Wolfe
   Posted Fri September 20, 2019
We send our love to all of you. Al was someone we cared for and loved dearly. We well keep you all in our prayers that you still remember those precious memories and moments and that they still bring you happiness and peace until you meet again.

Ann and Shana

Tom and Kathy (Webster) Teegarden
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to Al’s family and many friends. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻❤️

Jody Giles
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about your Father. Sincere sympathy.

Jody Giles

Carol & Wally Sims
   Posted Sun September 22, 2019
Al was a big part of our lives when we lived in Ronan. We knew we could always depend on Al. Our kids have fond memories of Santa coming to our house. We are very sad and our prayers are with you all.

Tammi Sheumaker
   Posted Mon September 23, 2019
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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