James Stephen Skelton Jr., 91, of Rexburg, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at his home from causes incident to age.
He was born March 8, 1922, in Rexburg to James Steven Skelton Sr. and Elnora "Ella" Jacobs Skelton. In his youth, he developed a great love of music that began when he took lessons from his mother. This developed into a gift that he shared with different bands through school days, military service and most of his adult life. As a young man, he shared work responsibilities with his brothers in their father's meat market.
He attended Rexburg schools, graduating from Madison High School in 1940. Afterward, he worked for the Rexburg Lumber Co. before attending Ricks College.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was discharged in 1945.
Jim married Margie Williams on July 26, 1946. She died in March 1994. He married Beth Reese in March 1995, and she died in June 2008.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Elks Club and was a supporting member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jim enjoyed fishing, golf, crossword puzzles, spending time with his family and caring for his cats.
He is survived by his daughter; Tonya Claybaugh; and stepdaughters, Janice (Tom) Dixon, Kathy (Bob) Dansie, Nancy (Ted) Whyte and Candis (Mike) Bischoff; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Flamm Funeral Home, 61 N. First East in Rexburg. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services. Interment with military rites will be in Rexburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Four Paws animal adoption program.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com
Published in Post Register on Jan. 11, 2014