YOUNGSTOWN, OH – George J. Skebo, 89, of the city’s west side, passed away early Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2012, at Omni Manor Care Center.
Mr. Skebo was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Jenkins, Kentucky, a son of the late Michael and Anna Kozej Bodnar Skebo, and came to this area in 1947 after serving our country during World War II.
He was a 1940 graduate of University High School in Morgantown, W.Va., and served for two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He worked for the U.S. War Department prior to entering the military in 1943.
He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Force veteran, and earned the rank of Sergeant.
He was honored with the American Theater Medal, the European Theater Medal with three Bronze Stars for the battles of Normandy, Northern France and Ardennes; the Victory and Good Conduct Medals and Meritorious Service Award; and received a Presidential Citation from President Truman.
George was a member of Bricklayers Union Local No. 8, and was instrumental in starting Bricklayers Pension Plan in 1964.
He worked at many construction jobs, and also worked as foreman and superintendent.
Mr. Skebo was also a self-employed income tax consultant, retiring in 1989.
George played Class AA baseball for the Haselton Jednota and the Lansingville Sportsmen teams, managed AA baseball in the Warren League, and coached Little League Baseball in the Mill Creek Junior Baseball League. He bowled in the Skilled Craftsmen and Catholic bowling leagues, and he was a member of the William Penn Association.
Mr. Skebo was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish / Holy Name of Jesus Church .
George leaves his wife, Mary Ellis Skebo, whom he married Dec. 27, 1958; two sons, Michael (Mary Jo) Skebo of Youngstown, and Robert (Kristin) Skebo of St. Peters, Mo.; five grandsons; two granddaughters; three nephews; and five nieces.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Skebo; two half-brothers, Julius and Louis Bodnar; and a half-sister, Emma Bodnar Davis.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, Ohio
Funeral services will begin on Friday at 9:30 a.m at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
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