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Richard Skarda


Richard Skarda, 82 , of Creston died April 9, 2018, at Homestead Assisted Living in Creston.  

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston. Father Ken Halbur will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Open visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with family receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a time of sharing at 3:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, in Creston. Memorials can be given to Creston Sports Activities, Creston Animal Rescue Efforts or St. Malachy School in Creston.  Online condolences can be given at    

Richard “Dick” Edward Skarda was born Dec. 10, 1935, in Schuyler, Nebraska, to George Edward Skarda and Helen (Abraham) Skarda. He graduated from Schuyler High School in 1953, and received his bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska.

On July 27, 1957, Dick was united in marriage to Sharon Jean Rozanek in Columbus, Nebraska. Dick taught and coached in Elwood and Cambridge, Nebraska. He then went back to school to get his master’s from Wayne State College and during that time, he taught at Boone Elementary in Iowa. They lived in Ames, where Dick was the physical education teacher as well as the assistant track coach.  

In 1965, they moved to Creston, where Dick taught physical education and American history, and he also was the head track coach and assistant coach for football and basketball for several years. Coaching track was his passion and he would continue to do so until his retirement 39 years later. After a year of retirement, Dick went back to be the assistant girls track coach. In 1988, Dick and Sharon took their nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Sarah, Fred, Tim and Molly Morrow into their home and raised them following the death of their parents.

Dick was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Schuyler and Creston, Lions Club while in Cambridge and Elks Lodge and Eagles Lodge in Creston. Dick was awarded the Coach of the Year for the State of Iowa Track Coaches Association in 1978. He was also a member of the Husker Beef Club. He was an avid gardener, loved his dogs and attending Husker football games with family and friends.

Dick is survived by his wife Sharon of Creston; son Rich Skarda of Creston; daughter LeAnn (husband Chris) Balmanno of Monticello, Minnesota; grandchildren, Abby (husband Eric) Sink of Corning, Jarrett and Erin Skarda of Creston, Taylor Hess, Hayley, Nick and Julia Balmanno, all of Monticello, Minnesota; nieces, Jennifer (husband Scott) England of Colorado, Sarah Morrow of Ames and Molly (husband Erik) Paulson of Colorado; nephews, Fred Morrow of Ames and Tim (wife Brenda) Morrow of Altoona; and four great-nieces and -nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, George and Helen Skarda; brothers, Bob and Marvin (Helen) Skarda; father- and mother-in-law, Helen and Bill Rozanek and brother and sister-in-law, David and Nancy Morrow.

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