Frances Skolaut Tregellas passed quietly into Heaven at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Radford on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
She is survived by her son, Bill Skolaut (Dana) of Buckeye, Ariz.; a daughter, Beverly Zeakes (Sam) of Radford; four grandchildren, Jason Zeakes (Katrin) of Austin, Texas; Nichole Hawkins (Kyle) of Troutville, Va.; John Skolaut of DeSoto, Kan., and Andrew Skolaut of Leander, Texas; and ten great-grandchildren.
Frances was born in Bazine, Kan., at the home of her grandparents, to Ralph and Elsie Timken on Sept. 28, 1926. She married her best friend and soulmate Glen Skolaut in 1946. Glen and Frances were a unique couple. They not only loved to hunt and fish together, but they built a highly successful motor rewind business “Glen’s Electric Repair” in Great Bend, Kan., beginning in 1957.
After Glen’s death in 1972, Frances completed their dream and in December 1974 expanded the business at a new location on S. 281 Hwy. She operated the business until its sale in 2000. Frances was profiled in several publications including Soroptimist International for successfully owning and operating what was known as a “man’s business” and for her business and skills in rewinding motors.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), was the Phi Alpha Epsilon advisor, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Soroptimist International, and the Kansas Walleye Association. It was with the Kansas Walleye Association that she enjoyed participating in many tournaments with her son, Bill. Among other things she enjoyed, she loved playing cards with her great-granddaughters.
In December 1998, Frances married George Tregellas. They relocated to Sun City, Ariz., where they had resided since 2000. They shared many travel adventures and built many wonderful memories with their families. They were the best role models our families could have. George passed away on May 10, 2020, and both are extremely missed.
The family was in the care of Mullins Funeral Home and Crematory in Radford. Please send online condolences by visiting www.mullinsfuneralhome.com.