In a sense, Bill has spent his entire life in funeral service. His parents, Bob and Pat Skinner, owned and operated the Skinner Funeral Homes in Cumberland before he was born. As with many funeral home families, in his youth he earned his stripes washing cars and doing maintenance around the funeral home. A graduate of Cumberland High School and Marquette University, it was in college when he chose funeral service as his profession. While living in Milwaukee, he worked at one of the 8 locations for Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Homes. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, worked for the Eldon A. Good Funeral Home and graduated from mortuary school in 1996. He returned to Cumberland and began his career at Skinner Funeral Home. He purchased and began operating the Pockat Funeral Home in Shell Lake in 2004, the Jarocki Funeral Home in Rice Lake in January of 2007 and the Cumberland and Turtle Lake homes in 2008.
He has 3 lovely daughters Jada, Grace, and Ember.
Elizabeth moved every three years of her life due to her father serving in the US Air Force. While she cannot say that she is from any one place, she has grown to think of Barron County as her home. Elizabeth married her husband, Jared in the fall of 2017. She began working for Skinner Funeral Home through an internship in 2017 and became a licensed funeral director in Wisconsin in 2020, and in Minnesota in 2022. Also in 2022, she became a licensed insurance agent to help families plan for final expenses in association with National Guardian Life.
Elizabeth feels both humbled and honored to serve families by guiding them through the difficult transition of losing a loved one.
Nancy grew up just west of Rice Lake, and attended Arrandale country school. After graduating from Rice Lake High School she went to work at Wright Products, remaining there for 35 years until the company closed. She then attended WITC in Rice Lake where she graduated with honors, earning an Administrative Assistant degree. She now works at our Rice Lake Office, besides being Treasurer of the Bohemian National Cemetery Association in Haugen, and Secretary of Western Fraternal Life, lodge 100 in Haugen, which is a life insurance provider. Nancy likes hosting large family dinner parties, and putting on fundraising dinners for various organizations. She enjoys traveling when time permits, but her family is the most important. She spends lots of time with her son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters that she sees nearly every day. They keep her busy with their sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and archery, with Mom and Dad working, Grandma gets to take them to a lot of their practices, which is wonderful.
Bob and Pat have dedicated their entire careers to serving the families in the communities they live in and love. After over 50 years of service, they have retired so that they may continue serving as volunteers for many, many community organizations.
Raised in Cumberland, Pat graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She then went on to UW - Eau Claire and graduated with a double major in Business Administration and Office Administration. Pat has certainly put this education and experience to use by managing the business office of the funeral home for over 40 years.
Bob and his wife Pat are proud parents of 3 children and 10 grandchildren. They enjoy travel, especially to visit and spend as much time as possible with their family. In their retirement they have become very involved with Cumberland's food distribution networks.
Ken joined us in 2019 as a Funeral Associate and then as a licensed Funeral Director Apprentice. He is an ordained minister and brings a wealth of experience from his many years as a pastor. Prior to pastoral ministry, Ken served our nation for over twenty years in the United States Air Force. In addition to helping families at time of need and at funeral and memorial services, Ken is also a licensed life insurance agent and is available to help families plan for final expenses in association with National Guardian Life. Ken has been part of the Turtle Lake community the last sixteen years. He and Connie, his wife of 44 years, have two adult sons and four grandchildren.