Louis (Louie) Ole Skogen died Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Brookdale South Independent Facility in Jacksonville, FL, at the age of 73, exactly one week prior to turning 74.
Louie was born in Mason City, Iowa and completed his BS and MS degrees from Iowa St. University. He was accepted into the Peace Corps and lived and worked in Malaysia during those two years of service. He learned to speak Malay and many times throughout his life spoke sentences & phrases in the language. Louie returned to the states & had several jobs as a "microbiologist" particularly in the food sciences. His last job was with Conagra in Omaha, NE as Director of Frozen Foods. In 2004 he retired with his wife, Ginny to Las Cruces, NM where they lived until more recently.
Louie was passionate about helping others and donated money, time, and work hours to helping the underprivileged - he spent a week with a mission group from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Louisiana helping the clean-up efforts from hurricane Katrina. Louie was a volunteer at the Safe Haven Thrift Shop in Las Cruces, & at the food pantry in Las Cruces, NM.
In his younger days he was an avid runner & then in the early 90's started playing tennis with his wife & friends. He continued tennis until 2 yrs ago. Louie's parents, and an older brother Roger & an older sister Dorine preceded him in death. Surviving him is one brother Vern (Joyce) in Portland, OR and one sister Marilyn (Richard) in Springfield, MO., plus many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
No funeral service will be held; however a memorial service will take place at the burial which will be in Leland, Iowa next to his parents. Date of the memorial TBD.
Any monetary contributions may go to: Habitat for Humanity, The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, The Sierra Club, and the Heifer Project International in his honor.