November 13, 2012


AUG. 10, 1951 — NOV. 10, 2012

The Oskaloosa Herald

GRIMES — Dennis Skeels, 61, of Grimes, and formerly of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

He was born Friday, Aug. 10, 1951, in Oskaloosa, the son of Leslie Earl and Ina Jean Macy Skeels. He graduated from the Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1968. Dennis later attended Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Mo., and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Dennis was united in marriage to Debbie Groet; and later divorced. He was then married to Janet Herrold and later divorced. Dennis worked as an accountant for several years for the state of Iowa Department of Corrections and retired in 2006 so he could care for his mother. Dennis loved photography and traveling.

His family includes two daughters: Amy McDermott and Melissa (and Gary) Pearson, both of Newton; five grandchildren: Carter and Jeorjia McDermott and Cody, Elizabeth and Christopher Pearson; two sisters: Shirley (and Wes) Blair, of Ankeny, and Linda (and Chuck) Mountain, of San Antonio, Texas; a brother: Michael (and Melissa) Calef, of Webb City, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Brother Jeremy Smith officiating. As was his wish his body has been cremated and burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa at a later date.

Visitation will be held Wednesday after 12 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be present Wednesday from 4 p.m. until service time to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to the Research Society on Alcoholism.

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