October 8, 2015
Mark David Skjei, 80, Fargo, ND passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Sanford Health in Fargo. He was born on February 23, 1935 to Reynold and Janive (Evanson) Skjei in Williston, ND. He grew up in Williston where he graduated from high school. Mark then attended the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in Political Science. On November 13, 1954, Mark was united in marriage to Jane Dushinske in Bagley, MN. The couple made their home in Grand Forks where they started their family. After Mark finished school, they moved to Devils Lake before settling in Fargo. Mark was a pharmaceutical sales rep for many years before becoming a realtor. He worked for Park Co, Landmark Realty, and retired from Real Estate Services. Mark was the original “dog whisperer.” He and Jane owned many springer spaniels, and Mark enjoyed babysitting dogs for his family and friends. He loved his family and had a special place in his heart for his grandson, Richard. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane; sons, Kevin (Sharna) Skjei, Carlsbad, CA; and David (Nancy) Skjei, Fargo; brother, Dr. Donald Skjei, Williston; and grandchildren, Daniel, Malena, Katie, Jenny, and Richard Skjei. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel Skjei; and siblings, Roger Skjei and Lola Jean Smith. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Homeward Bound Animal Shelter and 4 Luv of Dog Rescue.
Jane-so sad to read of Mark’s passing. I enjoyed working with him in Real Estate at Park Company years ago. Mark had that twinkle in his eye and a wonderful personality. A great man. Donna Nalewaja
I’m so sorry to learn of Mark’s passing. Mark was a good friend and Realtor to me. Back when I was in search of a home, Mark would show me houses that were best for me and not something just to make a sale, I trusted his input and knowledge. I would often times see Mark driving around town with his Springer Spaniel in the backseat, Mark was a great dog lover. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mark Skjei. Take care.
Mark and Jane are customers of mine at Far North Insurance. I was slightly intimidated by Mark when I first met him, but he became one of my favorite customers. I am going to miss him coming to the office. My sympathies to Jane and the rest of the family.
Jane and family: It was with sadness that I learned of Mark’ death. I know he will be greatly missed by you, your children and grandchildren. Bonnie
Jane and family We are so sorry to hear about Mark’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you . Bonnie and family, Norma land family and Lynda and family
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband Mark. Our condolences are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Linda and Keith Zeutschel
My sympathies to Jane, Donald and whole family on the loss of Mark Skjei. May your memories be a comfort to you.