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Wilbur "Lee" Sketo Obituary
BEAVERTON, OR – Lee Sketo passed away peacefully on September 3, 2013, with his daughters by his side. He will be dearly missed.
Born in Jordan, Montana, he lived in Missouri and California's San Joaquin Valley prior to relocating to the Monterey Bay area in the 1960s. The Salinas, California area was home to him until 2001, when he settled in Oregon to be near his granddaughters as they grew up.
He served as an electrician's mate in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and 1946, after which he pursued a collegiate program to prepare for a career in the newspaper industry. He worked as a linotype operator in the San Joaquin Valley and then in Salinas before settling into a long-term career with the Monterey Herald.
He was of the last generation of linotype operators, as he witnessed the development of the newspaper industry transitioning from linotype machines to computer-based technology. In all, he worked in the composing room at the Herald for 36 years before retiring in 1992. While employed at the Herald, he also worked as a part-time real estate agent, and owned and operated a liquor store and delicatessen. He worked very hard throughout his life to ensure his family had everything they needed.
He took great joy in being with his family and in watching first his daughters, and then his granddaughters grow up. He always arrived with balloons for birthdays, consistently acted as Santa on Christmas morning, and attended hundreds of his granddaughters' soccer games, races, and performances. He hid upwards of 1200 Easter eggs over the course of his life.
He is survived by daughters, Stacey Sketo-Rosener and Jill White; sons-in-law, David Rosener and Ron White; granddaughters, Tiffany, Jenna, and Grace White; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon Sketo, Robert and Ruth Sketo, and Don and Jeannie Sketo; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Lillian Sketo, and brothers, Roy and Richard Pedersen, and Virgil "Allen" Sketo.
Services will be Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton, OR.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Sept. 15, 2013
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