James Spencer Skelly

James Spencer Skelly, age 78 of Elgin, MN died January 15, 2018 in Buckeye, AZ. He was born March 17, 1939 in Rochester, MN to John and Evelyn Skelly. James married Marlene Wittlief and together they raised their five children. He spent much of his time on tours looking for deer and wildlife. He diligently read his newspapers to keep up with current events. He retired from the Teamsters Union after more than 30 years. He worked as a laborer, city worker, and at Dalco Industries. He was an avid gardener who also loved his pets.

James is survived by his wife, Marlene Skelly; daughters, Susan (Kenneth) Bedtka, Cheryl (Steven) Seelbinder; sons, James (Cindy) Skelly, Billy Skelly, Steve (Dawn) Skelly; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers, and one granddaughter. A visitation will be held at 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

8 Comments on “James Spencer Skelly

  1. You will be missed Uncle Jim. I am sorry I didn’t see you more often these last years. I will always remember spending time at your home hanging out with my cousins and at Grandma’s farm at the larger family gatherings. Fun memories. I have pictures in my mind of sitting around on porches, around fires, laughter, and games. There was always something going on that gave us all an opportunity to come together as family.

  2. You will be dearly missed Uncle Jim I am so glad that you guys were at the picnic in Elgin Minnesota this last summer it was great to see you and Marlene. you will be dearly missed you were a wonderful guy and a great uncle and a great dad and I’m sure a great-grandfather and everything else that goes along with great. You will be forever missed love you your niece and nephew Terry and Kevin griebenow

  3. So sorry to hear about Skelly. It was always a good time and great conversation when we stopped in. Jim always had stories to tell and lots of laughs.

  4. So sorry to hear about the loss of your father Jim. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May God give you all strength.

  5. My heart goes out to you, Marlene, and your entire family. Jim taught me how to play horseshoes, and what a man looks like when he truly cherishes and respects his wife. I will be forever grateful for the years i was in the bosom of the family your created together.

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, and know you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jim, Cindy, and family~
    On behalf of the 1974 graduating class of Plainview, MN, offering deepest sympathies on the loss of your father.

  7. Sorry for your loss, Marlene & family. Jim’s entertaining personality will be missed. I’m glad I was able to spend some with all of you, not so long ago. My sympathies to all.

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