Thomas Skeate, age 79, of Isanti died February 27, 2016 at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 3rd at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral Thursday at the church. Interment will be in Strike Cemetery at a later date.
Thomas Jerome Skeate was born June 9, 1936 in Minneapolis to John and Anna Marie (Summers) Skeate. He was raised in Minneapolis and graduated from Edison High School. On May 2, 1955 he married Margariette “Peggy” Phyle and they made their first home in Minneapolis. They then moved to Columbia Heights and then later to Mounds View. In the late 1990’s they moved to Isanti where he has since made his home. Tom was employed as a printer for 28 years at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was proud to be a firefighter for 20 years at the Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Mounds View Fire Department where he served in many capacities. He loved being on the fire department where he was on call during the day and worked nights at the newspaper. Tom was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti and the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing.
Tom passed away on February 27, 2016 at the J. A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park at the age of 79 years. His wife, Peggy preceded him in death on December 2, 2007. He is survived by his 4 sons, Jeff (Kate), Terry (Flo), Ken, Tim (Kris); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 brother, John (Esther) Skeate; and by many other relatives and friends.