Paul Jorgen Skalet, age 81, died on Monday, June 8, 2020, at the UW Hospital in Madison.
He was the beloved son of Mildred (Mickelson) and Jorgen Skalet, born on May 19, 1939, in the Township of Vermont. Paul lived and served in the Black Earth community his entire adult life.
Paul was involved in numerous civic capacities and served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was baptized and confirmed at Vermont Lutheran Church which he attended throughout his life. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. His car license stated, “Happiness is Being Norwegian”.
He graduated in 1957 from Black Earth High School and attended St. Olaf College, class of 1961, where he sang in the Viking Choir. He started his 47-year career at Black Earth State Bank as cashier and retired as President in 2008. He was married to Joan Swacina in 1965 and together they raised two children, Erika Forseth and Trygve.
His many hobbies and interests included furniture refinishing, avid Elkhart Lake race car fan, playing banjo with The Bards, Vermont Lutheran Church choir member, downhill skiing, golfing, World War II history, Black Earth history, casino-ing and reading obituaries faithfully enjoying the lives lived.
Paul loved music, especially Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and he attended many concerts of the St. Olaf Choir. He was an expert whistler and could harmonize with himself. His song repertoire was impressive from remembering Norwegian songs his father had taught him as a child to Limeliters and The Kingston Trio.
Paul and Joan enjoyed traveling, including summer weeks in northern Wisconsin, respites on the Texas gulf, houseboating the Mississippi River for their 25th anniversary, Hawaii, a river cruise on the Danube, World War II tour to Germany with Jon Urness to relive his uncles Gil and Maurice’s World War II tour, and Christmas markets in Munich.
He was a big brother to Joanne and Julie and enjoyed a large, loving, extended family of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, and countless fun cousins.