March 12, 2017 – West Bend, WI – There was a quiet sendoff to former West Bend Police Chief Jim Skimore on Saturday as police, veterans, family and friends gathered at Calvary Church to pay tribute.
The service began with a final salute as all in uniform, police other military, gathered at the front of the church.
Skidmore was recognized for the impact he had on the lives of kids, his dedication to his faith, family and the community.
“Chief Skidmore taught us to be strong but not unkind. Treat everyone with respect,” said his daughter Lynn.
While tough as nails in his demeanor, Skidmore’s family recalled he was “good at talking smack” and he “made The Claw famous” – a reference to WWF wrestler Baron von Raschke.
Former West Bend Police Chief Whitey Uelmen said a few words about Skidmore, remembering him for his integrity, moral guidelines and his love of handing out nicknames.
His family recalled how Skidmore “taught us to be strong and always to work hard.“
The West Bend Police Honor Guard presided over the flag-folding ceremony and a gun salute. The local VFW played Taps.
Some local police, active and retired in attendance included Mike Hartwell, former Police Chief Steve Rinzel, Captain Tim Dehring, and Chief Ken Meuler… to name a few.
Skidmore served from Sept. 1, 1978 – Dec. 31, 1993.
Skidmore died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 in Florida. He was 79.