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Richard A. Skalla Jr. (Rick), age 50, of Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota died unexpectedly in his sleep on August 25, 2017. Visitation was held August 30th at Wayzata Community Church, in Wayzata, MN, and services immediately followed. Burial was September 1st in Omaha, Nebraska.
Rick was born February 18, 1967 and was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Millard North High School. Rick attended the University of Kansas, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Rick was passionate about his family, always putting first his wife and sons, whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed a good debate and liked winning one even more. Such a discussion would often end with a hearty laugh, a hug or slap on the back, and raising a glass in a toast. No matter where Rick went, he made sure to put everyone at ease.
Rick worked hard; he had a successful career in food sales, most recently as the vice president for marketing and sales for Finlays Extracts and Ingredients. Rick played even harder, whether actively supporting his sons' athletic and academic activities, taking the boat out on the lake, or cheering on his Nebraska Cornhusker football and Kansas Jayhawks basketball teams. He also was involved in his community, serving as mayor of Minnetonka Beach from 2015-2016, councilman from 2013-2014, and treasurer from 2011-2012.
Rick is survived by his wife, Cammy and sons, Jeremy and Matthew; his parents, Richard and Barbara Skalla of Omaha, NE; sister, Patty (Gene) Gentrup of Liberty, MO; and sister, Traci (Don) Kennedy of Wichita, KS.
He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Betty Loper and husband, Robert of Jacksonville, TX; his father-in-law, Bobby Phillips and wife, Jo Nell of Carthage, TX; sister-in-law, Christy Phillips and husband, Terry of Edgewood, TX; sister-in-law, Amy Loper of Jacksonville, TX; and brother-in-law, Cameron Phillips of Houston, TX.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University Medical Center:
https://web.giving.columbia.edu/giveonline/index.jsp?schoolstyle=56437
Published on September 8, 2017
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