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In Memory of Jayden Thomas "JT" Skutt

Celebration of Life

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday February 4, 2020
Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus
504 Frontage Road
Hudson WI, 54016

Gathering of Friends and Family

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday February 4, 2020
Bethel Lutheran Church - Highlands Campus
504 Frontage Road
Hudson WI, 54016

Jayden Thomas  “J.T.” Skutt, age 17 of Hudson, died Thursday morning, January 30, 2020 from mental illness by suicide. J.T. was born on November 30, 2002 in Stillwater, Minnesota; the son of Lori (Skutt) Christophersen and Jason Skutt. He was raised in Hudson where he attended school and, also attended St. Croix Central Virtual Academy in Hammond.

Although J.T. was a private person, he did enjoy being around his friends and family. He had fond memories of playing football for Hudson High School and was a member of the Hudson Raiders Trap Team. He enjoyed the outdoors and had fun recollections hunting and fishing with his brothers. Most recently, he took great pride in working out at a local fitness center.

J.T. will forever remain in the hearts of his mom Lori and step dad Ty Christophersen; brothers Jackson and Jonathan; his dad Jason (Amy) Skutt; step sisters Thelma and Neva; grandma’s Susie Gilbert, Wendy Skutt, Cindy Christophersen and family; and uncle Travis (LouAnn) Anderson, as well as many other great aunts/uncles/cousins. He is preceded in death by great grandparents John and Berdine Broekhuizen, and grandfather Jerome Skutt.

A Celebration of Life for JT Skutt will be 4pm, Tuesday, February 4th at Bethel Lutheran Highlands Campus, 504 Frontage Road in Hudson. Friends and family may gather from 2pm to 4pm prior to the service at Bethel Highlands. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Interment will be private. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes. 

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    • Jason Amy Wendy and FAMILY ♡
      I wish to God there was something I could do or say to help in SOME way. My heart goes out to you all and I mean it when I say I’m here IF by chance there is ANYTHING I can do. Nothing scares me more. I love you and your family AS family nomatter the time or distance we’ve been apart.
      I’m living in Coon Rapids. My heart is crying to DO SOMETHING.
      I’m praying. I love you…
      Lorie (Jason’s childhood “sister”)

    • Jason Wendy and family I don’t even know where to begin or what to say My heart absolutely breaks for you no parent should ever have to bury their child Jason I’ve known you since we were very young I just want you to know that I’m holding all of you close and saying prayers and sending my love to you at this horrible time in your life just know if there’s anything that I can do for you I’m here

    • I had one class with JT last year, World War II. We were assigned to be partners for a project and even though I was one of the youngest and quietest in the class, he still made me feel included the same way he did with his friends. He sat near the bookshelf in the back and would always hand people books so they wouldn’t have to squeeze back to the bookshelf. It’s a shame that it’s the times like these we remember things like this, but I will never forget. I never spoke to him after that class but I can still remember the way he passionately answered questions he knew the answer to, and the way he was so nice to me during the class. He will be missed, prayers to the family❤️

    • Lori, Susie, and all who are torn by Jayden’s death.

      I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that brings so much pain to you.

      Our faith assures us that the love of God, stands with us in our hurting times.. I believe you will experience expressions of that divine love in the shared tears and the embraces of the community of today’s followers of Jesus who has asked his folowers, from the beginning, to ‘love one another., even as I have loved you.’

      No mere words can erase the agony that comes with these wrenching days. Know that I, and a great many others stand with you to share whatever bit of your burden we can. God’s love will never quit on us. That enduring love persisted , even when the cost of continuing to lavish it upon our broken humanity brought Jesus to the place of suffering and death. And yet, faith dares believe, Jesus lives,’ to comfort with his love.’

      Know, too, that Jayden is safe in God’s unfailing care.

      May God bless and keep you all.

    • I live in Hudson. My kids don’t attend Hudson high school. I didn’t know your son. But I do understand how hard it is to watch your child suffer with mental illness. I am so terribly sorry for this devastating loss. I wanted to take a minute to tell you I am thinking of you and your family. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult this is. I also wanted to tell you how brave and amazing you are for sharing how he died. When a child dies from Cancer or any other illness, people are okay with sharing that, but due to the stigma attached to mental illness, it is usually never shared. My daughter is in the hospital right now because she tried to take her life on Saturday. I wish I could tell people. I need support and people to talk to, but my family wants that to remain private. It feels so wrong. I am so sorry you have to bury your son. I am sorry for the pain your must be feeling. I am sending love and light your way.

    • Lori, Susie, and Travis…we have not lived in Hudson for almost 20 years now, but still keep tabs on the local happenings so Bob and I were so shocked and saddened to see the passing of J.T. Please know we are holding the entire family in our hearts and prayers from long distance.
      Julie and Bob Mudge

    • Lori, family, and friends,
      Hey, I actually didnt know him very
      Well, but when I heard the news I
      Was in tears, it hurt me to hear a
      Boy who had so much to live for
      Was now gone, but as a child with depression
      I want to tell you, it has nothing to do with
      You, it wasn’t your fault, don’t blame
      Yourself, because it was his choice, and
      He just felt misplaced here, and that’s
      Okay, he was a great guy and I’m sure
      He is watching you in a better place,
      With a very happy smile on his face,
      He looking at you from above,
      Sending you a rainbow full of love,
      Don’t let your heart hurt, but instead,
      Celebrate the life he lived and the memories he
      Made, live with the best of him, and enjoy
      The time you had with him, he will never be
      Gone, he will always be with you no matter what. He loves you from up above and he’s in a better place now, so rest peaceful and happy because he is safe and sound. Prayers to you and all 🙏❣️

    • Lori,
      I am so sorry…..You are the BEST mother and Jayden knew you always had his back. I am praying for you and your family during this horrible time.

    • Lori & Family,

      My sympathies to all of you during this difficult time, as a Mother
      I can’t even comprehend what you are going through. Please know that With your posts, you have opened my eyes to things that I was in denial in my own home. My heart breaks for you💔

    • Lori, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to you and your family. I hope you can find comfort in knowing the community is here for you.

    • Jason,Wendy,and family,
      We are so sorry for the loss of your son and grand son. Our thoughts are with you at this very troubling time.

      Lynda and Bob Burdorf

    • Lori, I don’t know if you remember me much but some of the times I look back on the most were back when Jayden and would always fight back in 2nd grade and we’d have to sit with Mr. Wert and work things out. These memories bring back times to when out friendship sparked. I still remember that play date Jayden and I had :). Him and I didn’t talk much throughout high school but it’s very heartbreaking as we were good elementary friends. I am extremely sorry for your loss and Jayden will forever be missed. Fly high buddy💞

    • Lori, when I read the school district’s email yesterday, I cried. I’m still crying. I’m so sorry. Your family and friends are surrounding you with love right now.