Christopher J. Skelton

  • Born: April 22, 1978
  • Died: November 28, 2018
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Christopher J. Skelton, 40 lost his battle with alcoholism on November 28, 2018.

Visitation & celebration of life will be held at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny from 4-7 pm on Thursday, December 6, services will be at 11am, Friday, December 7 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

He was born on April 22, 1978 in Sioux City, Ia. He moved with his family to Ankeny, Ia in November 1980. Chris graduated from Ankeny High School in 1996 and went on to graduate maxim cum laude from William Penn University.

He loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He was an avid soccer fan. He ran his first marathon in 2017 with his brother Dan, a fete he was very proud of. Chris loved to tease his brothers and friends and his most often used phrase growing up was "It's alright to cry; crying gets the sadness out of your eyes".

Chris will be missed by his parents, Gin & Denny Skelton, brothers Matt (Brandy), Jay (Erin), Shawn, Dan (Carina), & Stephen. Nieces & nephews, Kayla, Patrick, Jennah, Jack, Katie, Ruby & C.J. Uncles & aunts Don (Carol), Ron (Pam) Skelton, Ron (Jan), Dan, Al, Tim (Kristi), Terry (Gloria), Joan, Arnie (Sandy), Carl (Leslie), & Scott Bockenstedt, Dianne Heying (Ken), Cathy Mix ( Dave), June Mello (Gerry), Connie(Tom O'Neill) & many cousins & friends.

Chris married Sarah Johnson on August 20, 2005. They later divorced in 2015.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Arnold & Esther (Steffen) Bockenstedt, Mary Leone (O'Leary) Skelton, Harold Skelton, Uncles Bob Skelton & Joel Huth.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Christopher. May happy family memories sustain you during this difficult time. Carol

Posted by Carol Kueny - Clive, IA - Family Friend   December 13, 2018

I knew Chris in business. He was very helpful to me. I am very sorry to hear of his death. May God give his family peace.

Posted by Ray Main - Urbandale, IA - Acquaintance   December 10, 2018

Chris was our neighbor and friend. A few months ago he helped us fix our plumbing in our kitchen. He never asked for money and just did it to be a good friend. He was so kind to my 10 year old special needs son who kept bothering him with questions. He will be missed.

Posted by Angie Miale - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor   December 06, 2018

Dear Chris: You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful, loving, caring and supportive family. Rest in peace, partner.

Posted by Michael and Mary Ann McMurry - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 05, 2018

Chris and I were friends in Iowa City many years ago. I have a lot of great memories, especially his barking, joyful laugh. My condolences to his family, he will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Natalie Braunger-Walker - Gilbert, AZ   December 04, 2018

Sending our sympathy to the Skelton Family,so very sad to hear of Chris's passing

Posted by Bill and Robin Rosenstiel - Mankato, MN   December 04, 2018

All of us send each of you...our love & hugs & thoughts & prayers. Know that our hearts have been heavy & sorrowful & supportive.

Posted by Alan & Denise & Andy & David The Joneses - Ankeny - Neighbor   December 04, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. God Bless

Posted by Johnny Leopold - Polk City, IA - friend   December 03, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. He was a kind person.

Posted by jo schechinger - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 03, 2018

Den and Gin, thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May God grant you a special blessing to walk through this difficult time. Den and Char Stark

Posted by Charlotte Stark    December 02, 2018

I am so sorry to hear this. I saw Chris frequently out jogging and at the gym. He always stopped to talk. I will miss his smile and genuine kindness. Such a great man!

Posted by Bob West - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 02, 2018

Gin & Denny -- So sorry to hear about Chris. Thinking about you and the family at this difficult time.

Posted by Tim & Janice Coble - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   December 02, 2018

I am truly saddened to hear this. He was a sweet man and will be missed!

Posted by Jill Gales    December 01, 2018

My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Chris will always be remembered for the good heart that he had. Great guy who will be missed.

Posted by Debbie Hannam - West Des Moines, IA - Coworker   December 01, 2018

Gin, Denny and Skelton family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss

Posted by Mary Beth Overton - Ankeny, IA - Acquaintance   December 01, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time, I'm so sorry to hear about Chris passing.

Posted by Jennifer (Young) Sawhill - Colfax, IA - Classmate   December 01, 2018


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Chris. My thoughts are with the family and friends.

Posted by Cindy Skelton - Indianola, IA - coworker   December 01, 2018

Fly high brother!

Posted by Bean Allen - Urbandale, IA - friend   November 30, 2018