Preston J. Skarloken, 90, of Volga, formerly of Estelline, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the Brookings hospital.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Estelline. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Geise Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Preston J. Skarloken was born on Dec. 10, 1927, in Watertown, the son of Joseph and Annie (Hanson) Skarloken. Preston received his education in Toronto and then continued his education at Aggie School at South Dakota State University in Brookings. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge. He married Alyce M. Tribitt on Nov. 17, 1956, in Clear Lake. Preston farmed for 10 years in Deuel, Brookings and Hamlin counties and also owned and operated the Skarloken Implement Shop from 1965 until 1999. From 1999 until 2003, Preston was employed at the Estelline Co-op. Preston and Alyce moved to Volga in November of 2015
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Estelline, a lifetime member of the Brookings VFW, and the American Legion in Estelline. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway. He served as mayor and on the city council for the City of Estelline.
Preston enjoyed traveling and going to auctions and flea markets as a buyer and a seller and would collect pocket knives and caps. He also was a collector of toy tractors and cars. Preston held a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. He was always sure to let them get away with a little more and would make sure they were spoiled.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Alyce Skarloken of Volga; two children, Vickie (Kelly) VanderWal of Volga and Keith Skarloken, of Jackson, Michigan; four grandchildren; a sister, Betty Stroschein of Clear Lake; sister-in-law, Betty Skarloken, of Tracy, California, and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Rolland and brother-in-law, Maynard Stroschein.