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YORKTOWN - Sherman L. "Skip" Skillman, age 76, of Yorktown, passed away unexpectedly March 15, 2012.
His survivors include his wife of 55 years, Martha; two daughters, Regina Howell (Dale) of Yorktown and Pamela Skillman (Jonathan Sturges) of Vienna; grandson, Logan; brothers, Jon (Pat) and David (Susan) of California, and many extended family members he loved.
Skip loved being involved with bombers and jets during his 21 years in the Air Force. He served nine years enlisted before attending Officer Candidate School, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He completed his service as Commander of the 474th Avionics Squadron at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas. He had previously served at Langely AFB and returned to this area after retirement.
Skip's adventurous spirit directed him to take up skiing, at age 68, so he could accompany his grandson on the slopes. He enjoyed volunteering for various civic and military organizations and will be remembered by many for his quirky humor and appreciation for life. He loved gatherings with family and friends and most of all, great food.
A dedicated serviceman, husband, family man and adored Pop-Pop, Skip, will be deeply missed. At his request, no service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, he would've asked that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Heart Association. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2012.
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March 19, 2020
Regina and Pam, I am so sorry to hear that your dad has passed. I remember his kind and fun loving spirit when I was working and attending Christopher Newport. I had the pleasure of working with him on a few of the events at the college and he was always straightforward and fair. My heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your families. Rusty
Rusty Kellam
March 29, 2012
Skip was my first Air Force "boss" and shared his love of country, family and service. He & Martha led us through those early years with encouragement and support. A great leader, friend and family man, we will always remember Skip.
Col Ed & Joan Moitoza, USAF Ret
March 29, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Skip while I attended CNC.I worked at the college as well as being a student.He was a fine man and we spent lots of time talking about military history.Regina and Pam, I'm feel for your loss, I lost my dad a year ago in January.
Rusty Kellam
March 29, 2012
See you later, Skip

Whisky Five
March 26, 2012
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
Jack and Barb Wargo
March 26, 2012

Harl Porter, 63-A, 3rd Squadron
Harl Porter
March 25, 2012
Skip, you were a model of integrity while we were blessed by your presence. Now it is your privilege to cast off the surly bonds of earth and put out your hand to God.

Dave DePriest, 63-A
March 25, 2012
To our OCS classmate, may God welcome and look after you in his House and to his family our deepest condolences.

Dorian and Carol de Wind
Dorian de Wind
March 25, 2012
My condolances to Martha and Family. Skip & I were roomates at OCS. Martha and the girls lived next door to my wife and kids while we were in training at Lackland. Skip was one of the people that I most admired at OCS. He has been in my thoughts for the past 40 years. He will cheerfully help them "get it right" in Heaven. I miss you, Skip.
Jim Test, 63-A
March 25, 2012
We began our careers as officers together and ended them together at Nellis. Thanks for teaching us pinocle in Colorado.
Jack and Fran Spicer, 63-A
March 25, 2012
Dear Classmate,
Go now and be with our Father. Peace be upon you and your family.
Michael Annast, 63-A.
March 25, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Durant & Gail Brown
March 25, 2012
We at GRAFTEX, AKA Grafton Texaco, have fond memories of Skip and will really miss his visits. He was a fine person to know.
Jack Wilburn
March 25, 2012
Martha and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you and give you peace. Regina Crouse
Regina Crouse
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