SPRING HILL, FLA. – John Daniel Skillen, 85, of Spring Hill, Fla., and formerly of Indiana and Iowa, passed away at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla.
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He was born on July 6, 1927, in Winamac, to the late Charles and Violet Skillen.
John graduated from Winamac High School where he lettered every year in basketball.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After his service in the Navy he attended and graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette.
John then went to work at General Electric Corporation, Indianapolis, where he met his wife ,Patricia. They were married on July 17, 1954, in Jasper. She survives.
After their marriage in 1954, John worked for Drydon Rubber and then for Sheller-Globe Corporation for 29 years. He held the general plant manager position in Montpelier, for over 20 years and retired from Sheller-Globe in 1989 as general manager of Sheller-Globe and a member of the Bank Board, Keokuk, Iowa. He was also a co-owner of Heartland Packaging Company.
John was an avid fisherman since his boyhood in Winamac and was nicknamed "Kingfish" for his superior angler skills as he fished the Tippecanoe River. He hunted regularly, was a competitive golfer and strategic bridge player.
After his retirement he resided in Leesburg on Tippecanoe Lake where he took up woodworking, making oak and cherry wood furniture for his family. In 2000, he and his wife, Patricia, moved to Timber Pines golfing community in Springhill, Fla., where he lived comfortably until the time of his death.
John was a loyal, devoted and beloved husband and father.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Claire Skillen, of Spring Hill, Fla.; two sons, Jeffrey Charles Skillen and Steven Victor Skillen, of Independence, Minn.; one daughter, Ann Claire (husband, Tom) Lockwich, of Clearwater, Fla.; one granddaughter, Natalie Skillen; one grandson, Blake Skillen; one sister, Joan Henry, of Winamac; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Skillen, his mother, Violet Metz Skillen, and one brother, Robert "Bob" Skillen.
A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main St., Winamac.
Burial will be at Winamac Cemetery with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars conducting military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be given to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G St. NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20005.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com
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