WASHINGTON - Emmett G. Skaggs, 93, of Washington passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born on April 5, 1921, in Peoria to William and Grace (Seward) Skaggs. In February of 1942, Emmett was united in marriage to Eunice P. Gravenor. She passed away in November of 2011.
He is survived by his children, three sons, Emmett (Karen) Skaggs II of Park Falls, Wis., William "Bill" (Debbie) Skaggs of Bartonville and Brian Todd (Cindy) Skaggs I of Mapleton; and one daughter, Kimberly (Scott) Rose of Washington, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Emmett was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill.
He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 42 years and retired as superintendent in Building LL in 1983.
Emmett was in the first class of sophomores at Woodruff and graduated from Manual Training High School. He was active in sports at both schools.
Emmett served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He started caddying in the fifth grade at the Country Club of Peoria. Emmett caddied for George Reynolds in June of 1938, when he played 156 holes of golf in one day and set the world record. In 1941, he was the assistant golf pro at the Country Club.
Emmett was a lifelong Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason, a past member of Washburn Lodge, a life member of Taylor Lodge in Washington, Ill., a member of the National Rifle Association and a life member of American Legion Post 0661, Scottish Rite Bodies-Valley of Peoria, Mohammed Shrine and the Mohammed Legion of Honor.
Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, with Pastor Vonna Lou Larson officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.