In loving memory of

Rudy Anson Skonord
March 25, 1945 - February 28, 2021

Rudolph Anson Skonord (Rudy) passed away peacefully at home on Sunday February 28 2021 at the age of 75. In the days and moments before he passed, he was surrounded by family who loved him dearly - Debbie, Daren, Alex (son-in-law) and grandchildren, Kate and Jack.

Rudy graduated high school from Joplin HS in 1963 and then Northern MT college with a degree in K-12 education in 1968. He then attended Montana State to earn his Masters in Education/ Administration in 1974. He spent 10 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and elementary principal in Chester then moved his family to Kalispell in 1978 to work for Universal Athletics. The UA 'family' became some of Dad's lifelong friends and Dick, Larry and Herb shared their favorite memories with Dad on a video call a couple of weeks before he passed... this was priceless! Rudy was a 100%, all-in kind of guy as he would say "if you're going to New York, you don't get off in Chicago". He shared his work ethic with his kids, students, athletes, and co-workers. After UA, he worked with Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance, and while semi-retired worked at Target, Home Depot and Lowes. His co-workers and customers loved seeing his smile (and Seahawk hat) every day.

When Rudy and Karen moved to Kalispell in 1978, they dreamed of owning a home on Lake Blaine. That dream came true, and they bought their first house in 1984. It was a labor of love and they put their heart and soul (and $$) into making it a beautiful home that they would share with family and friends over the years. Lots of memories, stories and laughing "to tears" all while eating "Rudy burgers" were our favorite highlights. The family now owns a house down the road from the original 'lake house' and it is still a sanctuary and gathering place for our family. Thanks, Dad, for making your dream happen so we can still call it home 30 years later. Even after moving away, Kalispell was always home for Rudy and he looked forward to visiting family, friends, and have Moose's Pizza!

Rudy was an AVID Seattle Seahawks fan, as well as MSU Bobcats and WSU Cougars. When you saw him, he'd most likely be wearing a jacket, shirt, or hat from his favorite teams. He travelled to many pro and college football games over the years, including the Notre Dame game in 1992 where the final scene of the movie "RUDY" was filmed. During half-time the crowd chanted "Rudy, Rudy ...", which was a fun story to tell over the years. He also made several trips to Seattle to watch the Seahawks with friends. Alex (son-in-law) took him to a few Seahawk and Mariners games once he moved to Seattle in 2014. Despite his love for professional sports, his favorite sporting events to attend were his kids and grandkids.

Left to remember his sweet smile and spirit are Rudy's children, Debbie (Alex) Hickox, Daren (Pam) Skonord and Darwin (Maria) Skonord; grandkids, Clayton, Danielle, Kate, Jenna, Kamden, Jack, and Nate; sister Beverly (LeRoy) Green, Brother in-law Bud Broadhurst and many nieces and nephews. Rudy was preceded in death by his parents Palmer and Beth, oldest sister, Geri, and brothers Sonny and Gary.

Rudy will be missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of life will be held in Kalispell, MT this Summer (date to be announced). We will also gather with family and a few close friends in Joplin, MT where his ashes will rest with his Dad, Mom, and siblings. (Likely on Father's Day, June 20th.) Please visit cascadememorial.com/obituaries to leave your fun memories and condolences for the family.

Tributes

Judy Chapman Siring wrote on Apr 6, 2021:

"This makes me very sad. I have wonderful memories of working at UAS for Rudy and spending lots of time with he and his family at Lake Blaine. My thoughts and prayers are with you all-God bless you all with peace. Judy Chapman Siring"

Kent McKay wrote on Apr 5, 2021:

"My condolences go out to the Skonards. I worked with Rudy for several years at Universal. I really respected Rudy and enjoyed his friendly personality. Rudy and the Skonard family were important supporters and mentors to me in my youth. When Rudy came to work at Universal I was "coached" that if Rudy offers his right hand for a handshake that it was important to forcefully grab his hand before his strong hand squeezed mine. Yet I was not well-prepared for that first handshake, and Rudy's hand-strength got me. Kent McKay"

Rob Moog wrote on Apr 4, 2021:

"Sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. Rudy was always a fun loving guy with a big heart. He will be missed by many. Rudy, rest in eternal pease, my friend. I would appreciate hearing more about his grave site service in Joplin."

Shila Moog Peters wrote on Apr 4, 2021:

"Our condolences from the entire Moog family in Montana. We farmed together for many years and have very fond memories of the entire Skonord family. May he RIP."

Dan Johns wrote on Apr 4, 2021:

"My condolences to the family. Rudy graciously provided years of friendship and guidance. Dan Johns"

Don Hansen wrote on Mar 24, 2021:

"I was was a basketball official when Rudy was A D in Chester. He was always so accommodating and helpful. I always looked forward to games in Chester because of him. I will always remember his kindness. Don Hansen"

Joe Tacke wrote on Mar 23, 2021:

"Sorry to hear that Rudy has passed away. I have lots of good memories of our time together in Chester. He was always a kind person who was a pleasure to be around. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Joe Tacke"

Mike McLean wrote on Mar 16, 2021:

"My thoughts and prayers are with Rudy and the Skonard family! Many great memories! Rest in Peace "