Skelton, Donald Harvey, a Miami native, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the age of 82. Don was born at Jackson Memorial Hospital, known as "The Alamo" on September 25, 1930 and attended Jackson High School before serving in the Army where he was a decorated soldier earning numerous combat medals; among them, the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his service as a Corporal in the 7th Infantry Division-32nd Infantry Regiment. During his service, Don was in The Korean War and fought at The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. A dedicated family man, Don was predeceased by his lovely wife Marilyn of 44 years. He is survived by his devoted children David (Missy), Suzanne (Mark), Maggie (Joel) and Kathleen as well as his equally devoted grandchildren Shane, Taylor, Callie, Carson, James and Jen who lovingly referred to him as "Pepaw", his sister Shirley Frey, brother-in-law Keith Milligan, sisters-in-law Dian and Lois Milligan and many nieces and nephews. A 40 plus-year employee of Eastern Airlines, he had many lasting friendships from his days at Eastern and belonged to the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association serving on its Board over the recent years. The past 6 years, Don was also known as PGA National's official volunteer "Lobby Manager". Don was a long-time Dolphin and Miami Hurricane football fan, but later in life was an avid UM Baseball fan who eagerly awaited the start of each season. A 50-year resident of Miami Springs, Don was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He will be missed by many in the community for his great disposition, friendly personality, sense of humor and flirtatious nature, counting among his friends people from all generations and walks of life. Family will receive friends 3:00pm to 4:00pm, with Funeral Services at 4:00pm on Thursday, July 11th at Grace Lutheran Church, 254 Curtiss Parkway in Miami Springs. Family suggests donations to Disabled American Veterans. Arrangements are being handled by John Hanks Memorial Services 305-885-1937.
Published in Miami Herald on July 9, 2013