James Thomas Gerten

February 14, 1948July 7, 2014
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James Thomas “Skip” Gerten passed away on July 7, 2014, shortly after relocating from Fresno, CA to Virginia Beach, VA. In his final days, Skip chose to be even closer to his son, Matt, a member of the U.S. Military. A memorial service is planned for August 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Rosewood Memorial Park, located at 601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Skip was born in Campbell, NB on Feburary 14, 1948. He was the youngest of nine children born to Virgil and Ramona Gerten. He was preceded in death by his parents; by two brothers Lloyd and Dale; and by his beloved wife, Marie “Mimi” (Leiva) Gerten. Skip is survived by six siblings: Richard Gerten (Nancy) of Fallon, NV; Joan VanBoening (Robert) of Derby, KS; Delores Meyer (Gerhardt) of Campbell, NE; Robert Gerten (Kathryn) of Burwell, NE; Mary Ann Gerten of Kearney, NE and Judi Masters (Terry) of Joliet, IL; by literally scores of loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and by his only child and best friend, Matthew R. Gerten of Virginia Beach, VA.

After graduating from High School in Bladen, NE, Skip joined the U.S. military. Before his retirement on February 20th 2004, he served five years in the U.S. Navy and 27 years in the Air Force National Guard. Privately—among his family and closest friends—Skip was known as a devoted father, husband and uncle. To many adoring nieces and nephews he was known as “Uncle Skippy”. Publicly, Skip was known to be an avid golfer, a proficient gardener and a lover of good beer. Most importantly, Skip loved life as he loved his family, and was loved by his family. He will be missed.

The family requests that remembrances be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 1, 2014

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Dave Horn

October 5, 2014

I was thinking about how much I appreciated Jim. The thought persisted for months. When I finally looked him up I found that he had died right about when I began thinking of him. He was a steady, unshakable mentor for me in the Command Post at our Guard base. When I was selected to fly in the unit, I remember him telling my dad how proud he should be of me and why. That meant a great deal coming from him. I never saw Jim angry despite challenging times. He was a rock. I'll miss you Jim. I wish I could have talked with you again.

Jael Van Boening

August 1, 2014

I'm sorry I couldn't make it to VA to be with you. Uncle Skip was a great man and will be remembered fondly, always. All my love and support to the Gertens.

Chris Meadows

August 1, 2014


Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Loving Nephew Mike Masters

August 1, 2014

Matt I wish you peace and love. Uncle Skip was a favorite wherever he visited, and will be sorely missed.

Miki Gerten

July 31, 2014

Many fond memories of Uncle Skip, we were blessed to have him in our family! Grateful to have shared much love and laughter with him... May he rest in Peace

Kathi Gulley

July 30, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Matt, as are the warm and happy memories we have of your little family of three living in Riverdale all of those years ago. Your dad was such a good man - so good to my cousin Marie and all of her family. We hope that warm memories comfort you and that you know there are people here who always consider you family.

Gale Banks

July 24, 2014

Reading this book it becomes clear that your Dad commanded respect, was loved by many and served with distinction. These are the exact things any man would wish to be, yet few measure up. These are the exact things I know you Dad saw in you.
Now you carry that flame, make him proud!


Darlene Gerten

July 13, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Matt as you're preparing to celebrate Skip's life. We are mourning his passing with you. We loved him dearly. You have our heart-felt sympathy.

Lynne (Gerten) Darrow

July 12, 2014

May God welcome you to his kingdom, may your soul rest in peace ! My thoughts of you will always be a warm genuine smile and a kind person to all ..We will miss you!

July 10, 2014

Remembers Skip from VA 215 and the Enterprise. We were both youngins. He was an exceptional fellow. RIP. Doug Evans