MAYVILLE - Donald C. Skellie Sr., 72, of Mayville, passed away at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., on Saturday (May 31, 2014), after a lengthy illness.
He was born on May 19, 1942, in Mina, N.Y., the son of the late Edward and Frances Kinney Skellie.
Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in the SEABEE's during the Vietnam era. He received the National Defense Medal, Cold War Victory Medal, State of New York Medal of Merit, State of New York Conspicuous Star, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He had owned and operated a dairy farm in Mina for several years, and he had worked at MRC which is currently SKF as a millwright, retiring in 2012.
Don was a member of the Lake Chautauqua Memori-al Post 8647 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mayville, where he currently served as commander of the post. He had also served as post commander prior for a total of 10 years. He was also a member of the Westfield Moose Lodge 118. Don had been the chairman for the VFW golf tournament to benefit the food pantry in Mayville for the last 15 years.
He enjoyed fishing with his son, Don Jr. He also en-joyed gardening, carpentry, and golfing.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Warner Skellie whom he married Oct. 1, 1966, in Harborcreek, Pa.; three children: Greg Skellie (Penny) of Portland, Kimberly Skellie of Mayville, and Donald (Kristie) Skellie Jr. of Fredonia; four grandchildren: Lauren, Karlie, Abbey and Trinidy; two sisters: Judy Barringer of Celoron, and Carol Torrence of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, Sally Skellie of Mayville, and Bert Warner of Erie, Pa.; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ronald Skellie on Aug 7, 2013.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (June 7, 2014), in the Freay Funeral Home in Mayville. Pastor William Nicholson will officiate. The Lake Chautauqua Memorial Veterans of Foreign War Post will conduct full military honors. Immediately following the funeral everybody is invited to join the family at the VFW in Mayville for a celebration of Don's life.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Chautauqua Memorial Post VFW, 10 Memorial Drive, Mayville, NY 14757.
You can light a candle or leave a remembrance of Don by going to www.freayfuneralhome.com.