ST. CLOUD -- Clinton Louis Skoog, born in Duluth, Minn., on Oct. 19, 1924, died on April 23, 2004, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. He entered the Army in June 1943, serving with the 45th Inf. Div., in the European, African and Middle East Campaigns and two beachheads, Anzio and Southern France. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V for Valor, the Purple Heart with Palm, Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Good Conduct with Clasp, Army Commendation Medal with two Palms. His division (45th) was awarded two Presidential Citations and one French Citation. His Battalion was awarded one French Citation.
Clinton L. Skoog
WW II ended in August 1945 but it was November 1945 before he was sent home. He was discharged and returned to Brainerd on Nov. 4 and married LaVon Olson on Nov. 10. He re-enlisted in the Army in May 1948. He served in Korea and in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in Pontiac, Mich., and worked at the Pontiac Motor Division of GM until returning to the Brainerd area in 1972 and settling in the South Long Lake area. He then worked for the Corps of Engineers at the Gull Lake Dam until April 1986.
He served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church since 1978 and was a member of the South Long Lake Presbyterian Church, having joined that church in 1947. He served as a trustee from 1974 to 1978 and on various committees of the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys for several years. He served as supervisor on the Town Board of Long Lake Township for 15 years. He was a member of the 45th Inf. Div. Assoc., the 179th Inf. Regt. Assoc., the Retired Officer Association, Anzio Beachhead Veteran's of WW II, the Order of the Arrow with the Boy Scouts of America and the local VFW Post No. 1647. Clinton loved life, the Army, children and sports. An injury to his foot kept him out of high school sports, but after WW II he played on the old South Long Lake Baseball team and softball on the old Thompson Oil team, then moved to the SLL team. After he re-entered the Army, the SLL team always carried his name on their roster so he could play with them when he came home on leave. Back in the Army he played basketball at Camp Carson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and in 1948 set a floor record of 38 points in one game, a record that stood for 22 years. On Okinawa, he played softball, volleyball, basketball, his team's winning or in second place in Far East Championships. He was named MVP on Okinawa for basketball in 1950. He had occasion to play against some pro-teams, the Denver Chevrolets and the Zollner Pistons in Indiana, the National Softball Champions. Other than the fact he was separated from his family, Clint said Korea was probably his favorite tour of duty, as he worked with missionaries a lot, helped start up a "Back Home Fellowship," where the GI's and missionaries could meet together. He worked with a World Vision missionary, helping to set up a large radio station that beamed into China, but was heard as far away as South Africa.
Clinton is survived by his wife, LaVon; and his two children, Greg Clinton Skoog and his wife, Nancy, and Cynthia Cheri Farnsworth and her husband, Dennis; six grandchildren, Gary Skoog, Michael Farnsworth, Jeffrey Farnsworth (Debbie), Lynae Knott (Mike), Melanie Patton (Matt) and Kristen Spielman (Bill); three great-grandchildren, Travis and Stefan Knott and Zachary Farnsworth; also four brothers, Myer (Whitey), Ronald, Byron and Rodney; three sisters, Muriel Harris, Claryce Johnson and Ardyth Quarnstrom; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clinton requested no flowers, but suggested memorials to Camp Jim or Army Emergency Relief.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2004, at 1 p.m. at the South Long Lake Presbyterian Church in rural Brainerd with Pastor Bob Kemper and Pastor Dwight Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. Military gravesite rites will be provided by VFW Post No. 1647. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, from 5-7 p.m. at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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