Nate Skeels - March 18, 2009Nate Skeels was born on Dec. 7, 1943 at Earlton, Kan. He was the oldest of two sons born to Everett “Bud” and Uota Weckworth Skeels.
The family moved to Omaha when Nate was a young boy and later to North Plate, Neb. He moved to Grant, Neb. in 1967 where he helped his parents with the Skeels Jack and Jill Grocery Store. He also served with the City of Grant as a police officer.
Nate was married to Linda Rowley on July 3, 1967 in Denver. Two sons, Mike and Lynn, were born to this union.
They lived in Grant and Nate eventually became the manager at the grocery store. After the store closed he began working for the Grant Coop which later became the Frenchman Valley Coop where he drove the fuel truck. He retired due to his health. He had developed a malignancy and had been in failing health when he died early Wednesday morning, March 18, 2009 at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte. He had reached the age of 65.
Nate was a member of the Grant United Methodist Church and the Grant Lions Club. Nate started different square dancing clubs in the area and was a square dance caller for 25 years. He was a sportsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an avid bowler and later in his life took up the game of golf. Nate enjoyed a good card game.
Nate was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Lynn and Jerry Lee.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, of over 41 years; one son Mike and wife Lisa and their two daughters, Michelle and Abby with whom he had a special relationship; his brother, David; one nephew Jeff and his family from the Skeels’ side; several nieces, nephews and other members from Linda’s family and many friends.
Services were held Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Sally Ruggia-Haden officiating.
Music was provided by Dolores Sexson and Bob Cummings.
Interment of cremains was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.