Dorothy Skogman passed away January 13, 2018 at Hillcrest Care Center after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dorothy Wendel was born August 11, 1928 in Sioux County, north of Hawarden, IA to Nick and Frieda Wendel. She attended rural school and later Hawarden High School. She had many memories of growing up on the farm and especially of the family’s many outings to nearby Oak Grove Park. Dorothy grew up with her three brothers, Art, Walt and John along with one sister Maxine, who all preceded her in death.
Dorothy married James Skogman, with whom she celebrated 61 years of marriage. During their early years they moved frequently with their two daughters, Jan and Susan as they followed James’ work on the natural gas pipeline. Dorothy and Jim kept track of every move and they logged living in more than 20 states during those years. Many lifelong friends and memories were made. James left the pipeline and returned his family to Hawarden where they owned The Steak House for many years. During those years they traveled extensively with good friend Jack and Midge Pantier. In retirement, they enjoyed 23 winters in Yuma, AZ. The remainder of the year was spent in Hawarden where Dorothy enjoyed her grandchildren to the fullest. She was a smiling joy to all her family and friends. James died in 2011.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters Jan and Susan and son-in-law Dan, one grandson Brian Warner (Kristi), great grandchildren Tova Lopez (Marcos) and Kevin Warner, along with four great-great grandchildren and many friends.
Memorial services will Saturday, January 20th at 11Am at the First Baptist Church in Hawarden, Ia. Memorials can be directed to family who will contribute to Alzheimer’s research in Dorothy’s name. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.