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Emken-Linton Funeral Home

John S. “Jack” SkaggsJohn S. “Jack” Skaggs, 82, of Texas City passed away Monday, April 26, 2010, in Floresville, Texas.

Memorial services will be held 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010, at Emken-Linton Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Jackson of the First United Methodist Church in Dickinson officiating. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. before the service.

Mr. Skaggs was born February 2, 1928, in Springfield, Illinois to Dewine and Earl Skaggs.

Jack had a very lustrous and productive career. He held a degree in Electrical Engineering but diversified his talents into many fields. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and became very interested in space. His hobby was model airplanes, trains, and the medical field, and just about anything that moved. He worked for Martin-Maritta Company, then later he transferred to General Electric Company where he was the site director at the Mississippi Test Facility. He moved to NASA at the request of Dr. Von Braun from Germany. He worked on the Titan Missiles 1 and 2, on the Apollo Project and Moon Project. Later he moved to California to work with electric motors and became President of the company that put the motor on the mechanical heart implanted in a calf that would later be put into a man that lived for years. He made motors to turn Cat-scans and M.R.I.’s.

Jack retired at age 52 and brought his wife back home, after relocating in Texas City he became involved in city and county civic duties. He volunteered at the 1894 Opera House in Galveston, was a member of the Galveston County Chamber of Commerce, Texas City Citizens Police Academy and even ran for office of the Mayor of Texas City. This major accomplishment in life was to help others and always share his vast storage of knowledge to anyone willing to listen. His motto was always, “Don’t wait to be asked to help someone, if you’re there, just do it.” That was his philosophy in life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewine and Earl Skaggs; and a brother, Raymond Skaggs.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years Vera Skaggs; and daughter Cheri Shuler and husband Dave, of Webster, Texas; his special niece Ellen Chicon and husband, Rich; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the Alzheimer Association.

Emken-Linton Funeral Home




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