Gust Skarberg

Gust Skarberg, 88, passed away Aug. 20, 2002, at his home in Clinton. He was born in High Point, now part of Issaquah, Sept. 20, 1913 to John and Karin Skarberg who had emigrated from Sweden.

Mr. Skarberg lived in Clinton for over 80 years, and graduated from Langley High School in 1931. He did many things in his life, including selling pots and pans during the Depression, working for Langendorf, with most of his work life spent in the construction trade and operating fishing canneries in Alaska during his later years.

Mr. Skarberg was on the South Whidbey School Board for 18 and a-half years, fair manager for the Island County Fair for many years, on the Washington State Fair Board, participated on St. Peter’s Lutheran Church council, president of Good Cheer board, a 32nd degree Mason, president of South Whidbey PTA, a Little League organizer and was famous for his Swedish pancakes.

Mr. Skarberg was greatly loved and will be missed by many people in the community. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his brother, Al Skarberg, of Everett; his daughter, Janet Brown, and her partner, Dick McClellan, of Clinton; his son, Ken, and wife, Nancy Skarberg, of Gig Harbor; three grandchildren, Ron Brown and his wife, Lori, of Clinton; Joy Brown and her partner, PeeWee Veit, of Clinton; and Shirley Lincoln (Skarberg) and her husband, Bill, of Gig Harbor. Mr. Skarberg is also survived by three great grandchildren, Shannon Brown, Mary Brown, and Jacob Lincoln; and one step great grandchild, Billy Lincoln, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland at 2 p.m. Aug. 24, with a reception following at the Masonic Temple in Bayview. Memorials can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Clinton or Good Cheer in Langley.