Jerome “Jerry” Michael Skeim

Submitted by his children, Vicki Skeim Klaas, JoAnn Skeim-True, and Mike Skeim.MSG. Jerome Michael Skeim (Jerry) passed into eternal life on April 8, 2021 from complications from Covid-19 at Frederick Memorial Hospital, in Frederick, Maryland. He was born on May 28, 1946 in Minneapolis and was raised by his parents, Jerome Ira Miles Skeim and Valborg Ragnhild Erickson Skeim, in Bemidji, Minnesota, with his younger brother, Rick. He graduated from Bemidji High School in 1964. Jerry joined the Army in the Vietnam era. He was an accomplished singer and an elite Army Glee Club member, touring Europe extensively and attending head of state political functions, adding his voice of peace and patriotism to these functions. He exited the army to attend Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota, attaining a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and History. He was a founding father of Bemidji State University radio station KBSB – FM90, where he also worked as a disc jockey. In 1973, he accepted a Vice President position at Mid Central Savings and Loan in Long Prairie, Minnesota until 1988. In 1988, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, stationed at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, eventually transferring to Arlington, Virginia in 1998, and retiring from his Army career in 2005. He was a proud Army veteran – active in the American Legion, VFW, and a major contributor to the National Museum of the United States Army. He was proud member of the American Legion Post 0012 in Long Prairie, Minnesota, the VFW Post 7050 in Melrose, Minnesota, and the Association of the United States Army. He loved history and was a member of the Minnesota Historical Society, Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation, and Central State Numismatic Society. After retiring, his main hobby was model railroading and trains. He loved to use his creativity and his woodworking skills to help him build a model railroad layout and to build structures for his layouts. He loved to learn more about the hobby by going to operating sessions and enjoyed riding on steam locomotives. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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