OBITUARY

Hugh Benedict Skees

September 6, 1927October 9, 2020

Skees, Hugh Benedict, age 93, passed away on October 9, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio – a place he called home for over fifty years. Born in his family farmhouse in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on September 6, 1927, Hugh is preceded in death by parents William Robert and Elizabeth Gatton Skees and grandson Jonah. Hugh is survived by his wife Jasmine Panchot Skees, seven children and partners as well as fifteen grandchildren: Sylvia (Gary), Sandy (Mary), Ron (Shelly), Eddy (Nelson), Suzanne (Vincent), Sally (Michael), and Tony (Kris). Grandchildren: Matthew, Daniel, Elisabeth, Christina, Ali, Brienne, Tori, Tessa, Benjamin, Isaac, Michaela, Sarah, Griffin, Bridget, and Connor.

Hugh lived a full and, by his own words, blessed life. As a child on their 107-acre farm, he helped in the tobacco, corn, soybean and hay fields and learned the gardening skills that helped augment a growing family’s table in the years ahead. Schooling included public elementary and high schools. He was the only one of eleven children to attend college, attending St. Louis University part-time and working full-time to achieve an undergraduate degree in organic chemistry in just five years. It was during his final year as an undergraduate that he met the love of his life, Jasmine. Following a courtship that included a drafted two-year Army stint as a medic in post-war Germany, he married his sweetheart. They settled in St. Louis where he started his career as a research chemist. As they started to grow their family, he also completed a Master’s of Science degree in organic chemistry.

Hugh moved his family to Dayton to take a job as a technical director for The Standard Register Company, a place he worked for over 30 years until his retirement in 1995. He holds over 27 patents in a multitude of areas including printing, films and coatings, and insulation. He was always tinkering in his workshop – repairing appliances, helping keep family cars running, making beautiful wood furniture, and dreaming up other inventions to patent. He never did patent his smelly but always-effective “cleaner” that could take any stain out of any article of clothing.

For all his smarts, Hugh’s greatest attribute was his belief that giving back to the community is a responsibility and privilege. He served on the school board and was a regular lector and usher during the years he was a parishioner at Precious Blood Church and the children attended the elementary school. He organized a community garden for residents in Westbrook Village, helping local families learn how to grow and can vegetables. He was a 50-Gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross, helped build many houses for Habitat for Humanity, and was an early supporter of the Dayton Peace Museum. Hugh and Jasmine traveled to visit their children and grandchildren, who live all over the country, and spent many summers in beach settings for family reunions that would bring everyone together for one week every two years. He also pursued a lifetime interest in faith, spirituality, history, and innovation that took him to museums and sites in places like Egypt and Spain.

Hugh was loved and respected as a husband, father, grandfather, patent expert, gardener, peace advocate and faithful man. May he rest in peace.

Due to the complexities of the current pandemic affecting travel and gatherings, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton in Hugh’s name.

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  • Memorial Service will be held at a later date

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Barbara Boone

November 11, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Uncle Hugh, and my sympathy is with his entire family. Like my other cousins I remember the family visits, and several times your father/family would stay at my parents' house. Lots of nice memories from the past. We'll keep Aunt Jasmine and all of you in our prayers.

Barbara Skees Boone (daughter of Hugh's brother Denis)

Chris Koverman-Asbury

October 24, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Hugh..having known both Hugh and Jasmine for 49 years, he was an inspiration to me as well as dear Jasmine..my prayers for Jasmine and the family at this solemn time.

Diana Howlett

October 15, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Jasmine and my many cousins and their families. Uncle Hugh was a man of conviction and heart. His passing is a loss to us all.
Diana Howlett, Helen's daughter

Katherine Strieder

October 14, 2020

The Strieder Panchot kids and grandkids (Joyce's kids) donated $75 to Habitat for Humanity in Hugh's honor.

Alice Skees Collison (Bernard’s daughter)

October 12, 2020

So sorry to hear of Uncle Hugh’s passing. Thanks for sharing the details of his life. I too was raised on the same farm he, my Dad & other siblings were. I remember visits from Uncle Hugh, Aunt Jasmine & some of you cousins from my childhood. Fond memories they are. May he Rest In Peace.

Chris Howlett wright

October 12, 2020

We are so sad to hear about Uncle Hugh. God bless all of you.
Chris Wright, Norma’s daughter

Elaine Alicna

October 11, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Elaine Skees Alicna, Mike’s daughter.