~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.............Harry Edmund Skirm 9/8/54 - 2/8/19
Harry ";Bagger"; Skirm was unexpectedly killed in a fatal car accident the morning of Feb. 8 in Wisconsin. A dedicated aviator, husband, and father, he was 64 years old. Born to Navy Cmdr. George Louis Skirm Jr. and Rosemary Bradford Skirm, Harry was the fourth of six children in a nomadic family. He graduated from a Department of Defense high school in Yokosuka, Japan and got his bachelor's in mathematics from the University of South Carolina. Harry served as a Navy pilot from 1976-1985. He was assigned to the USS Midway, flying the A-7 with VA-93, and later to China Lake, California, as a test pilot for the F/A-18 with V-X5. There he met his wife, Stacy, and they were married at McChord Air Force Base in 1984. They raised their three children in Puyallup, WA. In 1985 Harry was hired by Northwest Airlines, mainly flying the B747, and in 2009 he transitioned to Delta, later flying the A350. Harry purchased a Cirrus SR22T aircraft in 2015, becoming a dedicated member of the Cirrus Owners &; Pilots Association and C2A. Harry valued education: he was a parent volunteer and founded three scholarships. He will always be remembered for his warm heart, big smile, and love of a good joke. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Fenton-Skirm; his three children, Briana Kelly, Logan Skirm, and Brittany Skirm; his siblings, Kathleen Woodhouse, Capt. George Skirm III, Rosemary Hellene, Michael Skirm, and Elizabeth Skirm, MD; and his extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Tailhook Educational Foundation toward the ";LCDR Harry &; Stacy Skirm, Defying the Odds Scholarship"; ( www.tailhook.net/donate-now).
~ IN MEMORY ~
USN ret., NWA/DL pilot Harry E. Skirm
September 8, 1954 ~ February 8, 2019
We are hearing this news of a tragic fatal vehicle accident involving NWA/DL pilot Captain Harry Edmund Skirm, age 64. Captain Skirm joined Northwest Airlines 03-08-1985 and continued with Delta Air Lines, based DTW. Captain Skirm had most recently resided in Puyallup, Washington. What we know so far is just from news sources.
Arrangements and services for Capt. Skirm are not yet available....we will keep you updated.
~ Carol for the PCN
3-vehicle highway crash in western Wisconsin kills pilot from Washington state
He was driving an airport courtesy car when he crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming truck, authorities said.
A Washington state pilot died in a three-vehicle highway crash shortly after he landed at a western Wisconsin airport, authorities said Monday.
Harry Skirm, 64, of Puyallup, Wash., was killed in the collision about 8 a.m. Friday on Hwy. 48 just east of Cumberland, according the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.
Facebook members of an aviation group noted that Skirm worked as a commercial airline pilot and served in the Navy.
Skirm landed in Cumberland and was given an airport courtesy car while in Wisconsin, said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
According to the Sheriff’s Office: Skirm was driving west on Hwy. 48 about 3 miles from the airport, crossed the centerline and hit a truck being driven by Dennis Jergenson, 60, of nearby Comstock.
Another vehicle heading east, driven by Dennis Jacobson, 71, of Cumberland, struck the back of Jergenson’s truck.
Multi-Vehicle Crash Near Cumberland Results In Fatality
Authorities received a 911 call of a three-vehicle accident on Hwy 48.
BARRON COUNTY — A three-vehicle crash near Cumberland, Wisconsin on Friday resulted in the death of one person, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
(Press Release) — On Friday, February 8, 2019, at 8:06am the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a three vehicle accident on Hwy 48 just east of Cumberland.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland Fire Department, Cumberland Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter all responded to the scene.
Initial report shows a vehicle traveling westbound driven by Harry Skirm, 64 from Puyallup, WA, crossed the center line and stuck a truck traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jergenson, 60 of Comstock. A third vehicle traveling eastbound driven by Dennis Jacobson, 71 of Cumberland, struck the back of the Jergenson truck. The Jacobson vehicle had two passengers, Pam Jacobson, 65, and Shaun Jacobson, 41, both of Cumberland.
Skirm was transported to Cumberland Hospital where he was pronounced deceased and all the other drivers and passengers were checked out at the scene and released.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was called in to reconstruct the accident scene and the Barron County Highway Department closed Hwy 48 for two and one-half hours.
This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office.