John James Skelly  (January 30, 1971  -  January 16, 2024)

John James Skelly passed away on the night of January 16, 2024. He was 52 years old.

He was a husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

John “JJ” Skelly was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1971. His family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1977. There, he began attending the world-renowned National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, where his talent as a gymnast was developed. As a youth he received numerous state, regional, and national gymnastics champion titles. He was selected to the Junior National Olympic Team in 1984.

After graduating from Churchill High School in Eugene in 1989, he achieved his dream of attending the United States Naval Academy, as a proud member of USNA class of 1993. During his senior year, he was honored to be elected Team Captain of Navy Gymnastics.

After graduating from Annapolis, he served as a Communications Officer aboard the USS Arkansas (CGN-41).

John married his beloved wife Kate in 2003 in Banff, Canada. They made their home in Portland, Oregon. Over the next twenty years, they raised their children while John became a serial entrepreneur, starting many businesses, including 500lb Marketing, GasAnywhere, and Food Intelligence. He was involved in the startup community in Portland, and was known for always exploring new and challenging business ideas.

John is survived by his wife, Kathryn Bereman-Skelly; his five children, Lauren Skelly, Julian Skelly, Evening Skelly, Shannon Henry “Hank” Skelly, and Eleanora “Birdy” Skelly; his mother Judith Moorehouse Skelly of Jarrell, Texas, and his sister Dianna Skelly of Jarrell, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Brian D. Skelly.

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