Jimmy Ray Skatzes

June 19, 1946 ‒ April 03, 2019

Bellefontaine, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Jimmy Ray Skatzes, age 69, of Bellefontaine, passed away April 3, 2019 at Heartland of Marion.

Jimmy was born June 19, 1949 in Marion, Ohio to Ray and Mary (Williamson) Skatzes.  Jimmy graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1968 and shortly after was drafted in the US Navy.

Jimmy worked many years for the Marion Power Shovel and later retired, in 2014, from Honda.

Jimmy loved to spend time with his friends and family.  He was on several travel bowling leagues and competed in tournaments across the United States.  He enjoyed his numerous collections especially shot glasses and hat pins and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.

Jimmy is survived by his mother, Mary Skatzes of Marion; daughters, Amy (David) McGowan and Courtney Skatzes both of Marion; grandchildren, Brandon, Austin, and Kaden McGowan; siblings, Steve (Deb) Skatzes of Virginia, Susan (Jessie) Kensler of Marion, Phyllis Skatzes of Marion, and Alice Daughtery of Marion.

A 12 noon funeral service, for Jimmy, will be held at The Marion Frist Church of The Nazarene, 233 West Church St., Marion on Friday, April 5, 2019.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made in Jimmy’s honor to Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jimmy’s family.  Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • May you rest in peace and fly high with the angels above. You will be truly missed and never forgotten. You had such a huge heart. No more worries, no more suffering…now is your time to rejoice in the lord and begin your everlasting life in heaven. Until we meet again.

  • Jim was a good man and very sweet to me. I will miss him. My deepest condilences to his family and close friends.

  • So sad to see Jim’s battle end this way. I hope and pray that he will be at peace and having no pain now. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • Thank you Rita, I truly believe that Jim was at peace. I also believe that his transition to heaven was very peaceful. You was a wonderful friend to Jim. Thank you.

    • Thank you. Alice. I’m so glad his transition was peaceful. He was a good friend to me, too, and I am happy that I was able to know him. My heart and prayers will be with you all at this sad time.

  • I am sending my love and prayers to all of you. I have known the Skatzes family a long time. I will hold many memories in my heart. Special love to my friend, Phyllis. I will see you at bowling!!
    My love,

  • My deepest condoles to the family from Jimmy’s Honda weld family. Payers and thoughts to his family. I worked with Jimmy in weld for many years.

  • It was a privilege to know Jimmy, since I met him 26 years ago. Then recently, we’d have coffee at Waffle House in Bellefontaine. As he will be greatly missed by us all, may his memories bring us peace! So very sorry for his passing, Debbie Green

  • Jimmy was one awesome friend and man! I’ll always cherish our ornery fun times together that a lot of times got us in trouble. He had a big heart one of the things I loved about him most even though he never wanted anybody to know, what a little stink pot. I already miss him but will always hold him dear to my heart! My condolences to the family -just keep those Jimmy memories alive!

    Cheryl Miller

  • To Mary Skatzes and to the rest of the Jim’s Family:
    I worked with Jim for several years in Safety in MAP Weld. Although he was usually on Second shift and I was on First we had a good working relationship. I last saw Jim about last November at the restaurant in Huntsville. He looked and acted normal at that time. I was not aware of any illness or of him being in a rest home until I read about his death after returning home last Saturday. Jim was a good person. My thoughts are with you, his family.