Harold Skrabal

Harold Skrabal 66, of Columbia went home to be with Jesus on December 19, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with Giant Cell Myocarditis. His loving family was with him.
A memorial service celebrating Harold’s life and faith will be held at Campus Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:30 A.M.  A light reception with the family will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Campus Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd Lutheran School or Columbia, or a charity of your choice.
Harold was born to Martha (Shalla) and Albert Skrabal in Odell, Nebraska. Growing up in small town Nebraska he enjoyed exploring the outdoors, trapping, looking for arrowheads, and especially family fishing trips.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln School of Pharmacy. Harold was a “Go Big Red” fan to the end.  He was a dedicated Pharmacist at University Hospital in Columbia for over 43 years.  Harold married Rachel Reppert in 1970.  He was very proud of his family and was a devoted husband and father.  Family vacations were a favorite time for all of them. Harold was a talented craftsman and made beautiful scroll saw art.  He enjoyed working on his 1930 Model A Ford and was a member of the Model A Restorers Club.  He also enjoyed wood carving classes.  Harold was a member of Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia, a past president of the church council and a frequent usher.
Harold is survived by his wife Rachel; son Brian, daughter-in-law Andrea and grandson Ian; daughter Melissa, son-in-law Erik Slatinsky; mother Martha Skrabal of Beatrice, Nebraska; brothers Albert (Jan) of Lincoln, Nebraska and Ed (Carmel) of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Albert Skrabal.


  1. Cheryl Heriford on December 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I am sooo sorry about Harold. He was truly one of the nicest guys around. He was all about the family and so proud of that grandson! I was lucky enough to work with him at Smiley Lane Pharmacy. He gave me a lovely momento of his scroll work and I will treasure that. He will be truly missed.

  2. Tammy Blumer on December 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Dear Rachel & family:

    So sorry to hear about Harold. I have many fond memories of him. It surely was a pleasure to be the one who got to work with Harold when we opened the 1st outpatient pharmacy together. When I came back in 1998 was so glad to know Harold was still here and was glad that I got to work with him some when he filled at Green Meadows. He was a very devoted husband, father and granfather. I will truly miss him. Tammy Blumer

  3. Maranda H. P. on December 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I was so happy each time I learned I would work with Harold – he brought peace and joy to the pharmacy. Each year when I can tomatoes, I think of him, since I follow his recipe.

    Thankful to have had shared in his journey. I am very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. Dana Morgenthaler on December 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Although it has been many years since Rachel and I worked at the same place, I remember seeing Harold at the pharmacy, and at the MMMHC picnics. He always seemed to have a smile. My sincere condolences to the family.

  5. Amy Camp on December 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Dear Rachel, I am so sorry to hear of Harold’s untimely passing. I pray for God’s comfort on you and your family as you grieve his loss. Harold was a truly good man and I always enjoyed time working with him in the university pharmacies. Blessings to all who will miss him.

  6. Paige Harris on December 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Dear Rachel and family,
    I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Harold over the years. He is one of the kindest men I know to all around him. We will all miss him greatly.

  7. Janet Nuse on December 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Dear Rachel, Brian, and Melissa–sending my sincere condolences to you all on the loss of your dear Harold. I worked with him on and off at various University pharmacies until I retired 3 years ago, and he was such a gentle, thoughtful person. When I think of him, I immediately see him with that gentle smile he always wore, accompanied by his peaceful manner. He loved to talk about his family and it was so obvious that you all were the center of his life.

  8. Lori Hopkins on December 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I am saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. Working at the Unversity Pharmacy was a delight and I always loved hearing of his adventures with the family. You family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dawn Frederick on December 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I first met Harold when I joined the IV team in 1982. Harold and Paul were in charge of the 5th floor satellite pharmacy. What I remember most about Harold was his love for family and Nebraska football. Harold was always able to maintain a calm, cool attitude in the craziest of days. My sympathies to his family…I know he will be missed terribly.

  10. Paul Hawley on December 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Rachel,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Harold’s passing. I will miss my next door neighbor of some 30 years. I stand ready to lend you a hand when ever the need arises.

  11. Pam Lee on December 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I got to know Harold when I first came to Student Health on 6th Street. He was always so kind and pleasant to everyone. If he met you on the street, he would always acknowlege you. My condolences go out to his family. He was one of a kind and will be truly missed.

  12. Donna Abney on December 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Skrabal family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the days to come.

    When I lost my husband one of the things I read was that we never get over it but learn to reframe it.

    Much love to you Rachel.

  13. Jan Palmer on December 24, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I am so sorry your loss. I know this is such a hard time for you. Please know I am praying for peace during this time. Jan

  14. Ryan Granger on December 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I worked with Harold for years and he was one of my favorites. I don’t think I ever saw him in a bad mood. I’ll never meet a nicer man.

  15. Betty Acree on December 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Rachel, I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. Please know that many of us are thinking of you.

  16. Nancy Boon on December 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I offer my condolences to you and your family.

  17. Jeanette Brown on December 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Many years ago Harold was one of the pharmacist on our floor at the University, he was always so generous, helpful, patient, and considerate with all our needs. I will treasure those memories. He talked frequently of his wonderful family. I am truly sorry for your loss, but am blessed for having known Harold.

  18. Jeanette Brown on December 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    My prayers and thoughts are with your and your family. Harold was one of the pharmacists on our floor at the University many years ago. He was always so generous, helpful, patient, and considerate. Frequently he talked about his wonderful family. I truly am sorry for your loss and blessed for having known Harold.

  19. Tracie on December 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I have worked at University hospital for 24 yrs. Harold ALWAYS had a smile on his face and truely enjoyed his work. So sorry for your loss! He will be greatly missed here as well. God bless your family!

  20. Linda Brown on December 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Rachel and family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. He was such a nice man and I enjoyed working with him at Student Health. Keeping your family in prayer.

  21. Fred Tonnies on December 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Our Condolences to Rachel, Brian and Melissa from our family. I worked with Harold for over 28 years. He was dedicated to his profession and his family. I will miss him and his dedication and his love of the Big Red.

  22. Mary Ann Long Toothman on December 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I was sorry to hear about Harold’s passing. He was a lovely man. I went to high school with Harold in Diller. My deepest condolences to his family.

  23. Donna Abney on December 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Rachel I am so sorry I was not able attend Harold’s funeral. I was not there physically but I was there in spirit. Please know that you and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come.

  24. Bob and Susie Carpenter on December 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    We were so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. We just got the news last night. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  25. Ruanne Stamps on January 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. I worked with him when he was at Student Health and for a while at University Physicians building. He was always helpful and knowledgeable about his field and kind to his patients and colleagues. My prayers to his family.

  26. Candy Haugtvedt on January 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Rachel and family,

    So sorry to learn of Harold’s passing. My former coworker Wendy Seaberg sent me his obituary. I worked with Harold at UMCHC from 1982-1988. He was such a joy to work with and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the love of family and friends surround you at this difficult time and comfort you. God Bless and Keep You in His Care.

  27. Jane Abel on January 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Dear Rachel, Brian, and Melissa, and all your family. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Harold was such an excellent role model at University Pharmacy. He never lost his cool even when things were chaotic. He was one of the kindest gentleman I have ever known. I know your family will miss him terribly, as will his University family.

  28. Elizabeth Oyelola on July 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I was very shocked and saddened upon learning of the passing of Harold. Most of my college years were spend observing his patient and kind demeanor at the pharmacy. I would call him by his nickname, “Skrabalski” and reprimand him from admiring Nebraska. I admired his traveling nature, which still inspires me. I’ve learned so much from him and will never forget his stories and his being. Until we meet again!

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