Ronald Howard Skilbeck
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Ronald Howard Skilbeck, 76, formerly of Petersburg and Loami, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 4, 1937, in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, to Howard and Ruby Ekern Skilbeck. He married Dianne Winget on August 14, 1982, in Petersburg and she survives.
Mr. Skilbeck is also survived by three sons, Edward O'Brien of Loami, Ronald Howard (Vicky ) Skilbeck, Jr., and Steven (Suzie) Skilbeck, both of Washington State; three daughters, Karen O'Brien of Springfield, Sara Denise Skilbeck of Georgia, and Judith Michelle Posey of Georgia; one sister, Janice (Jeff) Johnston of Springfield; two brothers, Wayne (Debra) Skilbeck of Springfield and Gerald (Debbie) Skilbeck of Loami; nineteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one child.
Ron grew up working on the family farm in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, where his family grew tobacco and had dairy cows. He retired from a thirty-year career with the U.S. Navy as an E6 Chief Petty Officer. Ronald was a life-time member of the VFW who had acted as a post commander in Petersburg and a member of the Petersburg American Legion. While stationed in the Philippines Ronald became a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Independent Grand Lodge AF & AM of the Philippine Islands. He was an avid fisherman and football fan. He was known for his storytelling and being a devoted family man cherishing the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Bisch Funeral Home West. The family will meet friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at Bisch West. Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 755, Springfield, IL, and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com.