It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jim Charley Skerik, 81, of Debs, MN who passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, after a short furious battle with pancreatic cancer at his home.
Private family services will be held at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji with Pastor Mike Naylor officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Pinewood Buzzle Cemetery in Pinewood, MN.
Jim was born January 20, 1939, in Bemidji, MN the son of Joseph and Bertha (Roen) Skerik. He married the love of his life and best friend, Judy Dunn on March 22, 1958. Jim farmed his entire life. He also drove a school bus for 43 accident free years, and was a volunteer fireman for Alaska Township Volunteer Fire Department. Jim worked at Erickson, Hellickson, and Vye Lumberyard and later United Building Center for 25 years. He hauled gravel for the county, skidded wood, and helped out his neighbors and friends. In his spare time he collected and restored tractors. Jim is now resting peacefully with his puppies Taffy and Tiny. Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his:
Wife, Judy Skerik of Debs, MN,
Children, Rick (Bev) Skerik of Hawaii,
Roxann (Nic) Lopez of Bemidji,
Pam (Dan) Nelson of Oregon,
Paul (Melody) Skerik of Pinewood,
Jestine (Erik) Hyrkas of Oakdale,
18 Grandchildren, and 19 Great-Grandchildren,
Brothers, Lester Skerik of Pinewood,
Donald (Darlene) Skerik of Pinewood,
Sisters, Arlene (Dick) Johnson of Penguilly,
Frances Skerik of Bemidji,
and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe, and sister Gladys.
Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.