David Skaien

June 22, 1944-August 6,2011


Visitation: Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
Service: Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 11 at Canton Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD.

David Skaien, age 67, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 11 at Canton Lutheran Church with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
David was born June 22, 1944 in Canton, SD to Harry S. and Genev (Rude) Skaien.  He attended school in Canton, SD.  He served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1965-1967.
He married Claylene Pruitt.  The couple had one daughter, Rhonda.
David married the love of his life, Sharon Stensland on August 27, 1977 at the Canton Lutheran Chapel.
 David lived his entire life in Canton. He and Sharon made their home in the house his parents once lived.   He was employed by Bidwell for 35 years, retiring after a stroke in 2003.  He had a deep interest in ham radio operation, mechanics and technology, old cars, and having fun.  He loved animals, especially his cat, Madison and was known for his great sense of humor.
David is survived his wife, Sharon, Canton, SD; sisters, Nancy Hansen, Sioux Falls, SD and Mary (Wally Waldroup) Pedersen, White Bird, ID; three grandchildren; aunt, Maxine Skaien; several cousins, including Jim & Nancy; nieces, Geni, Genetta (Ted), and Gretchen; and nephew, Geoff (Nicola).  He is preceded in death by his parents and aunt & uncles, Marty and Mabel Skaien and Harold and Oscar. 
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  1. So sorry to hear of Davids passing. Way to early. I think back on the good fun and laughter he gave us all. He will be missed!

  2. Hi Sharon,I just found out about David I am so sorry for your loss. I am surprise noone let me know or I would have certainly came down for the funeral. Next time I am in town I will come to see you if you dont mind. Call me anytime 553-0701. My prayers are with you….God Bless..love ya Nancy

  3. David and I had something unique in common. Our fathers were identical twin brothers. I clearly remember my trip to South Dakota when I was 15. I couldn’t get over how much Skaien familial resemblence there was. I see my dad’s face in David. My sincere condolences to David’s wife and daughter as well as sisters Nancy and Mary. May his memory bring you peace and comfort.

  4. Dear Sharon, I am very sad for your loss of David. Please understand that you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. I want you to know that your strength to care for and love of your husband is a great example to me and others. May the Lord bless you with His loving and comforting grace. Psalm 23:4

  5. Sharon and family, saden by the news of David’s passing, I enjoyed my trips back to Canton, visiting briefly with him. May God be with you and your family during these difficult times. God Bless each and everyone of you! Arnie

  6. Sharon, I had heard about David’s illness and just want you to know I’ve been thinking of you and saying prayers for you and for him. I’m sending you hugs (hugs give you strength- get as many as you can in the next few months). I know the family will be there for you. I cannot imagine how hard this must be. We were driving back from Colorado on Friday and on the news they were talking about ham radios….made me think of David. Blessings…Jean and Mike

  7. Sharon, sorry to hear the news. Dave was a good man and enjoyed all the good time’s we shared. Will be missed by all. Barb + Dave

  8. We have lots of fun memories with David and have missed him since he had a stroke. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon. We are so sorry for your loss of David. We are here for you if you need us.

  9. Sharon and Mary and families– My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember working with David many years ago. He was a good friend and I know the past years have been hard for all of you. God Blrss David and all of you. — Faye & Craig