James Stephen Skelton, Jr., 91, of Rexburg, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at his home of causes incident to age. He was born March 8, 1922, in Rexburg, Idaho, to James Steven Skelton, Sr. and Elnora "Ella" Jacobs Skelton.
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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. Afterwards, he worked for the Rexburg Lumber Company 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 of 1994. He married Beth Reese in March of 1995 and she died in June of 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 step-daughters, 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 the Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North 1st East in Rexburg. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, with military rites, will be held in the Rexburg Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the 4 Paws animal adoption program.
Flamm Funeral Home
61 North First East Rexburg, ID 83440
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Jan. 11, 2014