Jeffrey James Skupien, 52, died on January 24, 2023, in Melbourne, Florida. Jeffrey is formerly from Duncansville, PA and had relocated to Melbourne, Florida in 1992.
He is survived by his mother, Idella Skupien; sister, Sharon Schmitt (Dale Hoffman); brothers: Joseph Smychynsky (Connie) and David Smychynsky (Tammy) all of Duncansville, PA; his twin brother Gregory Skupien (Jennifer) of Huntsville, Alabama; and multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father Leo.
Jeffrey battled a multiyear fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He faced his illness with remarkable dignity and grace and was an inspiration to all those who were a part of his life. Those who knew and loved him will forever cherish fond memories of his warmth, kindness, humor and friendship.
During his teenage years, Jeffrey participated in the Pennsylvania State Police Explorers program as well as the high school German Club and Future Scientists of America. He was a 1988 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School in Hollidaysburg, PA and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in 1992.
Soon after graduation, he relocated to Melbourne, Florida, where he was employed by the United States Air Force at Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for the past 30 years. An interesting point is that Jeffrey was the last Range Electrical Engineer for the 45th Space Wing (45 SW) and the 1st for the Space Launch Delta 45 (SLD 45). Jeffrey was greatly respected by his peers as the expert in Electrical Engineering. He welcomed challenging problems. Jeffrey was acknowledged many times for his achievements which included being coined 3 times by 45th SW Mission Support Group Commanders and coined by 45th Civil Engineer Squadron Commander.
He especially enjoyed bicycle riding, golfing, spending weekends at the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8pm Tuesday January 31, 2023, at Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am Wednesday at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Newry. Committal at New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hollidaysburg.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the ALS Association: www.als.org.
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