Jerry Skelton - February 01, 2011
Jerry Lynn Skelton, 67, was born to Winfield and June Skelton on Oct. 21, 1943, in Imperial, Neb. He was the second of three children raised on their family farm in Hayes County, north of Wauneta, Neb.
One of Jerry’s fondest childhood memories was driving the family pickup to help during harvest. He attended a single room country school until the family moved to Wauneta in 1955. There he attended Wauneta Public School, graduating in 1961.
During high school, he worked on his father’s harvest crew, cutting wheat in Texas and working their way north to Nebraska.
Jerry attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, graduating with a business degree in 1966. During college years, he made the drive back to Wauneta many times to court his hometown sweetheart, Trudy Gloy. They were married Dec. 27, 1964, in Wauneta and were blessed with four sons: Luke, Troy, Todd and Monty.
After Jerry graduated from college, Jerry, Trudy and their oldest son moved to Wauneta. Jerry resumed working for his father, driving cattle trucks from Nebraska to Tennessee and working at his dad’s feedlot in Wauneta.
The Skeltons, now with two sons, moved to Denver, Colo., in 1968 where Jerry began his career in the insurance industry. In 1972 at the age of 29, he started his own insurance agency, Financial Dimensions. With his wife’s help, their successful business grew rapidly. The family, now with four sons, moved to Glendale, Ariz., in 1984. There, Jerry continued his insurance career, working for the Arizona Department of Insurance and retiring from the Scottsdale Insurance Company.
After several years of planning, Jerry and Trudy purchased a lot in the Happy Trails RV Community at Surprise, Ariz., and built what would become their retirement home. Jerry loved traveling in their RV and spending time with family and friends whom he cherished very much.
During retirement, Jerry and Trudy shared their love of RVing, boating, square dancing, quad riding and love of the outdoors with everyone they knew. Jerry was a gentle man and his sense of humor and story telling always kept a smile on the faces of people around him. He was always eager to help others in any way and asked nothing in return. To lend a helping hand made him happiest.
Jerry died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, after a sudden illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Windy and June.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Skelton, 17200 W Bell Rd #1413, Surprise, AZ 85374; four sons and daughters-in-law: Luke and Susan of Scottsdale, Ariz., Troy and Evelyn of Wauneta, Todd and Kim of Litchfield, Ariz., and Monty and Wendy of Glendale, Ariz; eight grandchildren: Colby, Macayla, Emma, Gage, Kinsley, Caleb, Lacie and Brenna; sister and brother: Karen Hartman of McCook and Gene Skelton and wife Darby of Scottsdale, Ariz; his mother-in-law Edith Gloy of Imperial, Neb., sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Naomi and Jim Brown of Escondido, Calif., and Pam Gloy of Ogallala, Neb.; nine nieces and nephews: Wendi, Mindi, Nate, Trevor, Chase, Melissa, Ben, Gretchen and Rachel; as well as many, many more family and close friends.
After a valiant fight for his life, Jerry Lynn Skelton passed away quietly with his wife, sons, brother and sister at his bedside. He will be missed.
Jerry’s life was celebrated by more than 700 people at a memorial service Saturday afternoon, Feb. 5, in the ballroom at Happy Trails Resort at Surprise, Ariz.
A memorial has been established to Happy Trails Christian Fellowship, 18300 W Bell Rd - P.M.B. #4, Surprise, AZ 85374 (note benevolence fund in memory of Jerry Skelton).