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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188
Justin Skaggs

Justin Skaggs

Saturday, December 10th, 1988 - Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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SKAGGS, Justin Ryan
Battle Creek, formerly of Middleville

Justin Ryan Skaggs, age 30, of Battle Creek, formerly of Middleville, passed away at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Justin was born on December 10, 1988 to James and Toni (Bozeman) Skaggs in Waco, TX. He proudly served his country with distinction, and was a combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Justin was a great brother, son, father, and the best of friends. He had unique and enviable personality. Justin was heroic, selfless, loving, kind, and known well by many for his unbelievable sense of humor and ability to brighten the darkest of days.

Justin will be sorely missed by his son, Eastin Ryan Skaggs; daughter, Finnley Chesser; father, James Skaggs; mother and step-father, Toni Skaggs and Scott Harris; brother, Caleb (Hannah) Skaggs; sister, Sarah (Cyle) McNees; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; many friends and other family.

Justin’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 29th, 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville. A graveside service with full military honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Thursday, May 30th at 10:30 AM, Pastor Ken Shook officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence for Justin’s family.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beeler-Gores Funeral Home
    914 West Main Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 10:30am
    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 Dickman Rd
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Donations are being accepted for: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (7 CALHOUN CO).


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Alexis Lindquist

Posted at 02:06am
Justin was a frequent customer at my place of work. He loved to order Lemon Drops, and hangout with his friends, there. We talked so many times, about so much, his Dunkin Dog, his family, he loved riding his bike, and hunting. One time, he even brought me venison, to my home, because i wanted some so badly, free of charge. Just out of the kindness of his heart.. he even offered to dog sit for me if I ever needed it.. He was completely selfless. He lived an amazing life. And i will miss him.. :(

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Posted at 05:18pm
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Jonathan Minix

Posted at 11:48am
I didn't know Justin well but I knew very quickly he was the type of Soldier and person we really wanted and needed in the Military! I met him a few times as he helped me with things at Ft. Custer. It wasn't his job to help with housing but since it's co-located in the same building he worked in and no one was in the housing area SSG Skaggs put down his duties for a few minutes and went out of his way to find someone that could help me. I next met him in April of this year, this time I was the new Battalion Command Sergeant Major for the unit he was in. During this meeting I had the honor and privilege of presenting SSG Skaggs a BN Coin of Excellence for a 6 year extension to his Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) service contract. This was special to me because it was the first Coin I was authorized to present as a brand new Command Sergeant Major. It meant a lot to me to be able to present it to SSG Skaggs as in only the few chance meetings with him I could tell he loved what he did for the MIARNG and he loved leading Soldiers. He stood out once again during our May Drill weekend as we prepared for a vehicular movement from Detroit to Camp Grayling. SSG Skaggs was the movement officer and was delivering the safety briefing. As this was a very important briefing he commanded 100% attention from everyone in the area, including myself as the BN CSM since I was to be a passenger in one of the vehicles he was in charge of that weekend. He took his duties very seriously as there was the safety of 50+ persons and hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal and military equipment depended on the information he was presenting. I was very impressed with him.
CSM Jonathan Minix

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