In Memory

"Skip" Meekma

Skip Meekma

Racine – Harold John Meekma, 72, affectionately known as “Skip”, received the promise of eternal life on Friday, January 25, 2019.  He was born in Racine on August 14, 1946, son of the late Harold and Dora (Née: Hall) Meekma.

Skip graduated from Washington Park High school in 1965.  He went on to proudly and faithfully serve his country in the United States Army from 1966 until 1970.

Skip was united in marriage to the love of his life, the former Cindy Hillier, on September 16, 1967, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Racine.

He was active in Boy Scout Troop 400 with his sons.  Skip loved camping at the state parks and also enjoyed cooking. His spaghetti and meatballs will be especially missed.   One of Skip’s favorite things was to go to brunch with his high school classmates.  They were very special to him.

Skip was not only a great husband, but a true family man and treasured every moment he could spend with them.

Skip leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 51 years, Cindy Meekma; sons, Scott (Candace Robinette) Meekma, Michael (Lindsey Herzog) Meekma; sisters, Joanne King, Sharon (Ron) Schiefelbein; brother-in-law, Jon (Karen) Hillier; very special longtime friend, Dave Manchester; and his beloved grand-dog, Riggs; other relatives and dear friends too numerous to mention.

In addition to his parents, Skip is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard King.

A celebration of Skip’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:00am, at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory, 4600 County Line Road.  Visitation will be from 10:00am until the time of the service. Burial with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. The family has suggested memorials to the VFW Local 1391.

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01/28/19 02:56 PM #1    

Sharen Breidinger (Peshek)

So very sorry to hear that Skip has passedaway such a great guy RIP

01/29/19 07:46 AM #2    

Linda Jahn (Roetzer)

So sorry to see Skip has passed away.....Great Guy!!!


01/30/19 06:04 PM #3    

Bette Ustymowicz (Kreul)

Wow!  I am sad to see this!  Blessings to his family & all his friends!  It sounds like he made many memories for all!  May they all reflect his kindness and dedication forever!

01/30/19 07:37 PM #4    

Kathleen Sidwell (Smullen)

Got to know Skip when I helped with the 50th reunion.  He was so eager to help in any way that he could. A bunch of the “guys” from the class had been meeting for breakfast. Skip wanted to include the women, (of course!), so he was instrumental for the development of the Panther Brunch group that still meets every other Wednesday.  He was active in both groups until his health prevented his participation. But he insisted on sending out reminder emails (with the help of his wife, Cindy) for the brunch and was head reservation master.  Always upbeat.  He kept in close contact by telephone with many of our classmates. We all miss you Skippy. 

01/31/19 07:58 AM #5    

Carol Tyree (Haider)

RIP Skipper. We’ll miss ya but continue the Brunches u loved soo much. Carol Tyree Haider

02/02/19 06:41 PM #6    

Joel Sys

A good student, a soldier, a great husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. It is often not done enough that we share our feelings about someone when they are alive. We should think about that more often and just do it,  because we all are in the "Sunset" of our lives and we might never pass this way again..........See you on the other side "Skip".......

02/03/19 12:04 PM #7    

Suzanne Greeley (Feucht)

Just a great guy.....he was a top one of a kind human.  

02/04/19 11:07 AM #8    

Karen Klingenmeyer (Loomis)

 Skip was always there if we needed him.  Living two doors away from Skip and Cindy for over 30 years, watching our children grow up together and spending many hours as neighbors helping neighbors.  Cindy was always good for “a cup of sugar” or anything else and always a “listening ear”.  We would call on Skip’s help to care for our dogs if we needed to leave town.  Our dogs had a condo in our garage and a run of the yard.  Skip would be grilling his Supper and our dogs would be watching him through the fence.  They knew when he was done, he would be walking up the driveway with a beer and hot dogs for him and the dogs.  Those dogs loved their beer and hot dogs.  At other times it might be steak and a baked potatoe, but he never forgot the dogs when he was cooking.  Many happy times were spent with Skip and Cindy.  We will miss Skip and will always say in contact with Cindy.  

02/05/19 11:12 AM #9    

Donald Piggins

Skip had his own unique sense or humor, one that often irritated Park High teachers. As I recall he also have a gift for making up strange words and phrases. I am sorry to hear that he passed away.  Don Piggins

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