Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Obituary – Jesse Skinner

Jesse Skinner

WISNER — Jesse Skinner, 95, Wisner, died Feb. 23, 2011, at the Wisner Care Center.
Visitation was Feb. 27 at the Kuzelka-Minnick Funeral Home, Wisner, and continued Monday prior to services at the church.
Funeral services were Feb. 28 at the United Methodist Church of Christ, Wisner.
Interment was in the Wisner Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Wisner V.F.W. Post #5767.


Jesse William Skinner was born Oct. 24, 1915, on a farm south of Wisner, to Elmer and Anna (Cammenzind) Skinner. He attended Cuming County Rural School District #66 and graduated from Wisner High School in 1933. Jesse graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a major in animal husbandry. He was a member of Farm House fraternity. While in college, Jesse worked as a cashier at the Cornhusker Hotel, Tasty Pastry Shop, Lincoln. Following college graduation, he began a career as a County Extension Agent for the University of Nebraska in the Thedford district, which served Blaine, Thomas, Hooker and Grant counties. He was also an agent in Harlan and Cedar counties. He married Edith Leisy, Wisner, June 15, 1940, at Alliance. They were the parents of three children, Joan, Gail and Brent. Jesse served in World War II from 1942-1946 as a First Lieutenant in the Army with the 375th Engineering Regiment in both the European and Pacific Theatres. When the war ended he and his wife returned to the family farm north of Wisner, where he operated a livestock feeding and farming business until his retirement in 1990.
Jesse was very active in the community and served on the Wisner School Board, as a director of the Cuming Co. Feeders Association, president of the Cuming Co. Cow-Calf organization, a director in the County Soil Conservation District, a member of the Wisner V.F.W. Post #5767, a veteran on the Heartland Honor Flight in 2008, served on the Wisner Rural Fire Board and president of the Wisner Farmers Farrowing Coop, Inc. Jesse organized the Goldenrod 4-H Club and served 20 years as the leader. He was honored as the State Outstanding 4-H Leader by the Nebraska Extension Service.
Jesse was baptized and confirmed at the First Congregational Church in Wisner, where he served in various positions. Following a merger, his membership was with the United Methodist Church of Christ where he actively served.
Following retirement, Jesse and Edith built a new home in Wisner and enjoyed spending time with their family as well as traveling to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Nova Scotia, and Canada, and throughout the United States. Cruises through the Panama Canal, Alaska and the Virgin Islands were favorite trips.
In June 2010, the entire family gathered to celebrate with Jesse and Edith for their 95th birthdays and 70th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include his wife, Edith Skinner, Wisner; children and spouses, Joan and Rick Adkins, Laurel; Gail and Hal West, Minneapolis, Minn.; Brent and Denise Skinner, Menomonie, Wis.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Catherine Moeller; and grandson-in-law, Mark Landgren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the United Methodist Church of Christ, Wisner.