The Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone was founded by John J. Skradski in 1947. John and his wife, Marcella, operated the funeral home until 1979 when Jeffery L. Waeghe purchased the business. John continued to work at the Skradski Funeral Home until his death in 1984. Marcella retired in 1998.

John Skradski's philosophy was to treat others as he expected to be treated. His ethical and moral personality was the reason people trusted Skradski Funeral Home. A fun and loving fellow, he often said "If you weren't on this earth to help someone, why are you here?"

When John started looking for someone to carry on his tradition, he turned to Jeff Waeghe. Jeff started working at Skradski Funeral Home in 1978 and purchased the business in 1979.