Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Below is the livestream code for Jeff’s service
Jeffrey Glenn Skime passed on January 28th, 2024, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Jeff battled cancer for 6 years, his illness did not deter his love of life and family. His spirit of goodwill and generosity was truly inspiring. The visitation will be on Friday, February 2nd 5-7pm, at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji. Memorial Service Saturday, February 3rd 11am at Calvary Lutheran Church, Bemidji. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church, and Celebration of Life to follow at the Bemidji Eagles Club. Arrangements have been made with Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.
Jeffrey Glenn Skime was born on February 11th, 1959, to Pearl and Glenn Skime in Bemidji, Minnesota. He attended Lincoln Elementary and graduated from Bemidji High School in 1977. Jeff married Julia Heemstra, and continued his education in Staples, Minnesota, where he earned his degree in metal machining from Staples Vocational College. He returned to Bemidji, where he and Julia had four beautiful children, and was employed with Georgia Pacific (Nu Ply) wood plant for 20 years. After the wood plant had closed, he was employed with TEAM Industries in Bagley, MN, until his retirement in 2023. He was a dedicated member of the Bemidji Fire Department for 32 years, and a proud member of the Nymore Fire Station #2. He was integral to fire department events and programs such as “Fishing Has No Boundaries.” Jeff's interests were multifaceted, and he had a high mechanical aptitude that allowed him to develop a fishing rod used by those with cognitive and physical challenges.
Jeff was tenacious when it came to helping others. His altruism was very evident. He obtained solace from making someone’s day. His smile, laughter, and his friendly attitude were contagious. He would orchestrate gatherings to bring family and friends together. He created cherished lifetime memories. Jeff felt privileged and blessed to have the ability to serve. He loved to hunt and fish, but the focus was on fellowship, and time spent with loved ones was paramount.
On January 28, 2024, Jeff went home to heaven. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, never losing his desire to love and enjoy his family and friends. He continued to have a spirit of goodwill and generosity, which was the hallmark of his life.
Jeff is survived by his mother, Pearl Skime; children, Tory (Tracie)Skime of Hillsboro, ND; Tylor Skime of Bemidji, Travis (Amy) Skime of Bemidji; Tonya (Kraig)Petrowske of Bemidji; 3 grandchildren, Nash, Austin, and Autumn, two brothers, Gary Skime, and Kelly (Stephanie) Skime and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Glenn Skime.