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In Memory of
John James Van Skoy
October 11, 1942 - December 17, 2021

Visitation:
Tuesday, Dec 28th from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Service:
Wednesday, Dec.29th at 12:00 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church

John James Van Skoy (Jim) 79, passed away quietly on December 17, 2021. John was born on October 11, 1942 to John R. and Katherine Van Skoy in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 55 tears, Carolyn S. Van Skoy (Sue), brother Joseph R. Van Skoy and sisters Mary Kay Bernans, Kathleen (Greg) Metzger, all of Columbus, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from Holy Rosary high school in 1960. He entered the U.S. Navy shortly after graduation. He served on the USS Bache and the USS Dahlgren where he was a sonar technician. He loved his time in the navy and would frequently talk about some of the experiences he had while there. After his service in the navy Jim worked at Western Electric in the Final Test Department for several years, then moved to Solidstate Controls where he worked for the next 40 years. He was manager of the Field Service and Final Test department. He was ultimately responsible for hiring many of the key employees of this company. During his employment at SCI he developed many life long friendships that he enjoyed till his death. Jim was a person with many and varied interests. He loved the outdoors, took advantage of it's splendor every chance he had. Fishing was one of his interests. He was certain to avail himself to any chance to wet a hook. He was a minor "car nut" working on all types of cars, even crewing on a SCCA crew for a number of racing seasons. He also was very fond of motorcycles and boats. He ultimate interest was aviation. He loved to fly. He would spend weekends flying, then working on his plane. He always said, "he did not need to go any place in particular he just needed to get off the ground." He was extremely disapointed when his health required that he stop flying. He never stopped reading and learning about aviation. Travel took up many days of his life. He visited many different countries and towns with Sue and friends. Over the years he visited 20 some different countries. He did profess to have a favorite country that he visited. He thoroughly enjoyed his Australia experience. Friends may call Tuesday 5-8 p.m. at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME 55, E. Schrock Road Westerville with a Funeral Mass Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church 9633 E. OH-37 Sunbury, Ohio. Fr. Daniel Dury Celebrant. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Capital City Hospice.

Condolences

Paul & Berta

Dec 23, 2021

Jim was a kind man with an incredible sense of humor. We thought of him as the family philosopher. He often spoke quietly his wise comments and did some remarkable things such as flying acrobatic planes even in his later years. In the navy he talked about fixing hot dogs close to the radar antennas (well before using microwaves).

 

John Niemi

Dec 24, 2021

Hi Sue, Joe, Kathy and Mary Ellen, Nancy and I are so saddened by the passing of Jim. All the Van Skoy family have made a big impact on our lives over the years. I have known Jim for nearly 50 years, as a co-worker, boss, mentor, teacher, but mostly as a best friend. Our trips together have been wonderful, especially, our yearly trips up North to the wilds of Canada or Ely, MN. Jim would say every year that we were so lucky to have wives that loved to stay in a cabin and loved fishing. Yes we have been very blessed! Current circumstances are preventing our joining the Celebration of Life for Jim in person, but we will certainly celebrate in spirit. Jim, we will tip our glasses of Moosehead in your honor!

 

Guy Mouras

Dec 30, 2021

Sue, I'm so sorry for your loss, and for missing the services. I just found out about Jim's death last night. He must have passed right after you sent me the Christmas card? Apparently, everyone at SCI knew but nobody thought to tell me. I'll give you a call in a few days when things calm down. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do, please don't hesitate to call me ... Guy

 

Gary Reichle

Jan 3, 2022

Jim and I started at SCI on the same day in August 1966. We became best friends and worked together on a gulf coast off shore oil platforms where we installed 4,000 VDC power supplies. We marveled that we both made it out alive. I worked with Jim at SCI for 15 years. I remember at lunch time we would go to his house to let his dog, Grace, out and eat lunch together. We remained friends after I left SCI. Sue - you are and always will be in Diane's and my thoughts and prayers.