[MO Fire Funeral Announce] Captain Mark Skeens, North Kansas City Fire

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Tue Jul 24 21:16:52 EDT 2018

Skeens, Mark James, Captain NKC Fire 
June 7, 1973 - July 19, 2018

Mark James Skeens, 45, of Lawson, MO, breathed his first breath in Heaven on
July 19, 2018. He passed from this life at K.U. Medical Center with family
at his side.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm Friday, July 27, and a service
celebrating Mark's life will be held at 9:30 am Saturday, July 28, all at
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 28, at Miriam Cemetery
in Bethany, MO. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Mark with a donation to:
KU Cancer Center Melanoma Research Program (c/o Teresa Christiansen) or
Spoon Creek Rodeo Ministries ( <http://spooncreekrodeo.com/>
spooncreekrodeo.com) or North Kansas City Fire Department (2010 Howell St.
NKC, MO 64116 c/o Chief Dave Hargis). Those wishing to bring apparatus for a
static display only or Honor Guards wishing to help provide honors are asked
to contact Dennis Leeper with NKC Fire @ 816-868-0697

Mark was born June 7, 1973, in Moberly, MO, the middle of three children of
Robert and Jennifer (Chalk) Skeens. He grew up in Bethany, MO and graduated
from South Harrison High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Lisa
Marie Kestermont, on April 17, 1993, in Salix, PA.

His career as a firefighter and paramedic with the North Kansas City Fire
Department began in 2005. He was promoted to Captain in 2015. In earlier
years, Mark served as a volunteer firefighter for the Bethany Fire
Department as well as served fulltime on the Trenton Fire Department and the
Claycomo Fire Department. He was a member of IAFF Local 42. Mark and Lisa
have also operated Environmental Training Services, teaching safety training
to industries since 2012. Mark volunteered for Spoon Creek Rodeo Ministries
serving as a paramedic at rodeos.

While Mark took great pride in his work as a firefighter, instructor, and
businessman, he was not defined merely by his work. He was such a big
person, measured best by his character and his personality and his
insatiable love for serving others. He was a consumate people person and
used his loving words of sound counsel and his unique sense of humor to draw
in the people around him. A true "man's man", it was often said of him "Is
there anything he CAN'T do?" His gifts and talents were many and varied:
art, building, teaching, leading, rescuing, healing, farming, ranching, and
so many more. He loved more things and loved them better than any other man.
He lived out loud with an authenticity that is rare and deeply admired. Most
of all Mark had a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ and he
had no greater desire than to share that with others. His faith, like his
heart, was passionate and worn on his sleeve.

Along with his parents and wife of 25 years, Mark leaves his children,
Marshall Skeens (wife Briana) and Ali Skeens; siblings, Jonathan Skeens
(Stacey) and Carolyn Lehn (John); as well as nieces, nephews, other family
members and many friends. He will be greatly missed by all.


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