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Galen Skifstad 05/12/2021

Galen Skifstad 05/12/2021

Galen L. Skifstad
August 29, 1955 – May 12, 2021
Galen Lloyd Skifstad, age 65, New Richmond, WI, passed away peacefully at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI due to COVID-19 Pneumonia. He was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with singing by his family at his bedside.
Galen was born in New Richmond to Stanley C. and Carmen L. (Wenstad) Skifstad of rural Star Prairie, WI. Galen was raised on a small dairy farm. He attended Cedar Lake Elementary School in rural Star Prairie and Osceola High School in Osceola, WI, graduating in 1973. His school activities included football, track, forensics, choir and swing choir. He was also active as a camp counselor, Bible School teacher, Sunday School teacher, member of a family quartet, member of Freedmen (a singing group) and a board member of a Tri-County group “TIGI”, a church group.
He attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College) in St. Bonifacius, MN and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology. His college activities included wrestling, male chorus and night watchman. The next two years were spent working full time at Andersen Windows and attending Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
In 1979, he traveled out to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to attend Canadian Theology Seminary, graduating in 1981 with a Master of Divinity. While there he fell in love with a fellow seminary student, Marianne Hersom, a Canadian from Niagara Falls, Ontario and they were married in Niagara Falls on October 17, 1981.
Galen served as pastor of two Christian and Missionary Alliance church plants: Lander, WY, 1981-1983, where he also worked with a paint contractor; and Shelby, MT, 1983-1987, where he got to drive some really big tractors!
In 1988, they relocated to the Twin Cities where Galen found employment in administration with the St. Paul School District in various locations for about 19 years. In 1999 Galen took night classes at Crown College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and Ethics.
Even though Galen was no longer a pastor, he was devoted to serving the Lord and using his gifts of music, teaching, hospitality and giving in each church he attended to encourage and bless others. He was a patient, kind and wise man and was loved by all ages.
Due to Marianne’s employment change, they moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 2006 where Galen served as an International Statistical Analyst for a missions organization called Every Home For Christ in Colorado Springs. During the Colorado years, Galen and Marianne enjoyed a trip to Norway to see where Galen’s ancestors lived. Galen also was able to visit Nepal to attend a conference sponsored by Every Home for Christ.
Both Galen and Marianne retired in 2013 and moved to New Richmond, to be closer to Galen’s aging parents. From September 2013 to September 2018, Galen’s main mission was to minister to his parents. After both passed away, he joined Marianne in volunteering at the Salvation Army Grace Place homeless shelter in New Richmond. Galen blessed many people with his culinary delights, sharing food from Ruby’s Pantry and special finds at garage sales.
A special “Thank you” goes to the nurses in the Critical Care Unit of the Sacred Heart Hospital. Their devotion to Galen’s care was a blessing to him and to his family.
Galen is survived by his wife, Marianne, New Richmond; brother, Glen (Terri), Grantsburg, WI; sister, Jeannice (Robert) Dunlap, Waterloo, IA; brothers-in-law, John (Ena) Hersom, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Charles (Flaca) Hersom, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; sister-in-law, Helen (Monty) Slingerland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; nieces, Bethany Dunlap, Leah (Zach) Lade, Cari (Gabe) Van Natta, Laura (Brian) St. Martin, Carissa Skifstad; Callie (Brent) Hopkins, Sue Lemon; nephews, Joel Dunlap, Eric Dunlap, Micah (Maggie) Slingerland; David (Debi) Hersom; 13 great nieces and nephews and many cousins. Memorials are preferred. You may designate your memorial to East Lincoln Alliance Church Missions Fund.
 A Memorial Service will be held at 5 pm on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the East Lincoln Alliance Church 735 70th Ave Amery, WI and live streamed through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Ave New Richmond, WI and on Sunday from 4-5 pm at the church.  Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Star Prairie, WI at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Barb Sparks Posted May 27, 2021 10:51 pm

    I have many good memories of you Marianne from our 2 years in Regina at CTS and of your beautiful wedding in Niagara Falls. Although I didn’t know Galen as well, I remember him as gentle and kind. I have one special memory of Galen from I your wedding that has blessed me these almost 40 years and that is of him osinging “It’s My Desire to Be Like Jesus.” I can still see and hear him after all these years singing that beautiful song to you. I was very saddened to hear of his passing, and your loss. As Christians we grieve differently, but we do feel the loss in this life. I am praying for you and all the family to know God’s comfort.

  • Fred and Cindy Anderson Posted May 28, 2021 12:47 am

    The four of us had so many adventures together over the years from Hawaii to Maine as well as our Rook marathons. We loved his cooking! Fred will miss their hours of conversation together on anything and everything. We truly miss him.

  • Becky Skifstad Posted May 28, 2021 4:07 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. I remember fondly your trip to Ohio and visit with Marlin and me.

  • Bill & Karen Posted May 28, 2021 8:49 pm

    Marianne- We are so sad to hear about Galen’s passing. We will be praying God’s comfort for you. Galen was a wonderful friend and we remember all the visits with you. Blessings Love, Bill and Karen

  • Mark and Diane Failing Posted May 28, 2021 9:28 pm

    What wonderful memories we have of you two coming down to the Westcliffe cabin to help us fix it up. Remember Mark and Galen putting in the front door in the hailstorm? And the records you played on the old record player while we played games after dinner! Our most recent memories are of you coming to the warmth of Waco in January and discovering the new church put in at Magnolia. And dominos after dinner,..always.

  • Cheri Cameron Posted June 12, 2021 9:35 pm

    Bill and I are so sorry to hear this. We have many fond memories from our time together at Hope Community.

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