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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

William H. “Bill” Skelton, Sr., 80, of Shinglehouse, a former longtime resident of Coudersport and a former resident of Galeton, PA

William H. Skelton, Sr.
“beloved husband, father and grandfather”

William H. “Bill” Skelton, Sr., 80, of Shinglehouse, a former longtime resident of Coudersport and a former resident of Galeton, died in his home on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 following a long illness.

Born October 23, 1929 in Kerrtown, PA, he was a son of Charles L. and Ethel Payne Skelton. On October 23, 1959 in Springboro, he married his wife of 50 years, Donna M. Kinney, who survives.

Mr. Skelton was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War from August 1954 to July 1956. He was employed by the former Clark Brothers Company in Olean, NY for several years, retiring due to ill health. Bill was a lifelong farmer having worked on many farms. His true love was farming.

He was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a member of the Galeton VFW. Bill loved to walk. He lived most of his life in Coudersport.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, William H. (Nancy) Skelton, Jr. of Westfield, Daniel M. (Emily) Skelton of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Matthew W. (Carol) Skelton of Virginia Beach, VA; a daughter, Holly M. Skelton, at home; six grandchildren; a brother, James H. Skelton of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Skeleton was predeceased by a brother, Lloyd Skelton; and a sister, Grace Minnis.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to noon at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.

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