Milton Skov, 88, a 57 year resident of The Dalles, passed away at home on September 28, 2015. Milt was born in Portland, Ore., on January 31, 1927, the only child of Rasmus and Sigrid (Breitenstein) Skov. He attended schools in Washington and Oregon, graduating from Camas High School, Camas, Wash. in 1944. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marine service at age 17 and sailed in the Pacific and Atlantic, reaching the rank of engineer. In 1948 he entered school at Western Washington State College in Bellingham, Wash., and transferred to the University of Portland in 1950, then began veterinary medical studies at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. in 1951, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 1954 and graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1955. He began practicing in Goldendale, Wash., and entered a partnership in The Dalles, Ore., in 1958. In 1968 he began The Dalles Veterinary Hospital and in 1969 Dr. Wallace Wolf joined the practice. Additional Veterinary Hospitals were established in Bingen, Wash., and Hood River, Ore., and Milt retired from practice in 1992. For one year he was the Washington State Veterinarian, serving under Governor Dixie Ray from 1978 to 1979.
He was a life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, served on the board of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, earned a private pilots license, often flying his Piper Super Cub to ranches in Sherman & Wasco counties to treat farm animals in the field. He was on the airport commission for the city of The Dalles and served as a city councilman and mayor of The Dalles and on the District 12 School Board, once as chairman. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge and a life member of Al Kader Shrine Club, The Dalles Country Club, Community Concert Association, the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Master Gardeners, the American Legion and supported many local organizations with pig feeds and auctions of bird feeders, in particular the Art Association, the Civic Auditorium, the Discovery Center-Wasco County Museum, Mid-Columbia Healthcare Foundation and the Hustlers baseball team. He was elected to the Northern Wasco County Public Utility District board and was a member for 27 years.
He was married to Shirley Capper of Spokane, Wash., on Christmas Day, 1949 at Zion Lutheran church in Camas, Wash., and is survived by Shirley and three children: Linda, Eric, Randall & daughter-in-law Kay (Kindred), all of The Dalles, "adopted" son Michael Elston and six grandchildren: Karen Edwards Fox (Brandon), Martha Edwards Beard (Malcolm), Mollie Skov-Ortega (Jorge), Julie Skov Wadsworth (Tim), Riley Skov (Natasha Martin) and Jared Skov (Jessica Edmisten), four great grandchildren: Ben and Anna Fox and Kate and Bridget Beard, brother-in-law Cal, and several cousins here and in Denmark. He enjoyed golf, skiing, gardening, reading, live stage, traveling at home and abroad, fishing for walleye with Jim Ramsey. He was proud of the musical, scholastic and athletic accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was particularly proud that all his children and grandchildren are college graduates.
Private cremation was held at The Dalles Winquatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th & Union, The Dalles, at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 18, followed by a "celebration of life" light supper in the ballroom of the Civic Auditorium.
Education, whether college or a life skill, was a watchword of Milt's and remembering that it was often rare to own a slide rule when he was in school, he wishes remembrances to be made to the Milt Skov Memorial for Math Technology and sent to the North Wasco County School District office - 3632 W. 10th, The Dalles, OR 97058. This memorial fund has been set up by his family to assist The Dalles Middle School and The Dalles High School math students with cutting edge mathematics technology.
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