Thomas Edward Skubic
07/25/1950 - 01/17/2022
Thomas Edward Skubic, 71, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Monday, January 17, 2022, at home. Tom was born in Aurora, Minn., on July 25, 1950, to Edward and Theodora Skubic. He resided in Virginia, Minn., until meeting the love of his life, Carol Skubic, and relocated with her to Grand Junction, Colo., 17 years ago.
Tom and Carol married July 9, 2004, in Virginia, Minn., with their four children standing up for them.
Tom has always been a business owner and entrepreneur. He served three years in the U.S. Navy following high school graduation from Virginia High School in 1969. He owned, along with his brothers, Skubic Bros. International (an International Truck Dealership) for 33 years. He sold his interest in the company and relocated to Grand Junction at which time he and Carol acquired E&E Door and Window on the I-70 Business Loop in Grand Junction.
Tom lived life fully with the most positive of attitudes. He would fill every room he entered with laughter and joy. He loved running his company and enjoyed many hobbies with Carol. They loved to golf, ride bikes, read, listen to music, cook, travel, hike, and spend time with family and friends. Tom had also enjoyed fishing on Lake Vermilion and in Canada. He also loved his guy trips duck hunting. He truly loved the outdoors. Tom’s great joy was the smoking of meats and fish. He enjoyed gatherings and was always the light of the party. They especially enjoyed their summers on Lake Vermilion, MN, boating and barbequing.
Tom’s love of life, generosity, appreciation of others and ability to overcome any obstacle was an inspiration to all those who knew him. While Tom will be deeply missed, his life is one to be celebrated, and those lucky enough to have him in their lives are better people as a result.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carol; his son, Nick (Ashley) Skubic of Denver, Colo.; his daughter Jenny Skubic of Phoenix, Ariz.; his stepsons, Paul Ranta of Mountain Iron, Minn., and Tyler (Katie) Ranta of Virginia, Minn. He is also survived by grandchildren, Annabel Skubic, Michael, Margo and Miller Ranta; sister, Ann (Bruce) Peterson of Duluth, Minn.; brothers, Michael Skubic (Dianne French) of Virginia, Minn.; Jim (Cyndy) Skubic of Tower, Minn.; Paul Skubic of Tower, Minn.; mother-in-law, Doris Lappi of Cook, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Brenda (Jim) Koskovich of Aurora, Minn., and Elayne Lappi of Playas de Rosarito, Mexico; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Theodora Skubic; father-in-law, Roger Lappi; sisters-in-law, Vicki Skubic and Becky Skubic.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elk’s Club in Virginia on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.