Donald R. Skaar, age 89, of North Oaks, Minn., formerly of White Bear Lake was born, February 21, 1928, in Cylinder, Iowa, and spent his childhood on a family farm in Gaza, Iowa.
He graduated from Luther College with Chemistry degree and began a teaching career.
He was drafted into service during the Korean War as an artillery officer soon after this career began.
After completion of military service he continued his career in Lake Mills, Minn., where he met and married Elaine (Wessels) Skaar ‘53 – his wife for 62 years. He brought his family to White Bear Lake, Minn., as a founding member of the Lakewood Community College (Century College) staff.
After many years as a Physics professor at Lakewood he retired in 1992 and enjoyed several happy years with family, a lake home, and travel.
Survived by loving wife of 62 years, Elaine; children, Rebecca Garey, Sara Skaar ‘79, and Eric (Gail Ethier); grandchildren, Tasha (Andrew Bingham), Erin and Calder; great-grandchildren, Connor and Alivia. Memorial Service was April 29, 2017, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi. Memorials preferred to St. Andrew’s Resource Center.