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The Passing of Eugene Skelton

Eugene Skelton was born December 16, 1918 and passed away in his sleep September 28, 2016. There wasn’t any visitation or graveside service per Mr. Skelton’s request. He was laid to rest in his Army Dress Blues, that he affectionately called his band uniform. His internment was at Roselawn Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan on October 12, 2016 next to his wife Charlotte, also affectionately known as Tod. Gene and Charlotte had enjoyed 71 years of marriage when she passed on February 11, 2014. Their son, Ronald predeceased his parents at the young age of 43. Gene and Charlotte were very proud of their son who had his own practice as a certified respiratory therapy clinic in Texas. Their daughter, Carol Susan Bowden moved from Lower Michigan to Paradise to care for her father following a fall which resulted in a broken hip in 2014.

Gene joined the Army during WW II and went through the non-com rates rather quickly reaching the rank of Master Sgt. It was a short time later that he was appointed as an officer and retired as a Major in December 1963. He enjoyed a very interesting career in Military Intelligence. He also worked as part of General Patton’s staff and spent quite a bit of his service career in Germany.

Mr. Skelton became the service and training officer for the Miller Mobile Gun Furnace Company. They designed heaters for mobile homes and were manufactured by Lear Sieglar. It was a job that he enjoyed and excelled at.

Mr. Skelton joined the CG Auxiliary on August 30, 1976 and went into retirement status following 35 years of service on September 27, 2011. He served as Flotilla Commander in 1987 and 1988 and held many staff positions throughout his Auxiliary career. He was highly respected and well liked. He drove from his home in Paradise to the flotilla meetings in St. Ignace having dinner first at the Northern Lights restaurant where he was met by several flotilla members. His round trip travel was approximately 130 miles and total driving time was about 2 hours and 20 minutes.