On October 2nd, James Eugene Skelley, 94, passed away. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Seemer) Skelley, daughter Kathleen Margaret Skelley, grandson Matthew Patrick Skelley, brothers William, Jerome and Michael, sisters Kathleen Felix and Sheila Skelley.
He is survived by his great-grandchildren Adeline, Oliver, Theodore and Bennett Helmus; his grandchildren Amanda (and Michael) Helmus and James Skelley; and children Terence (and Tina), Paul (and Jill) and Maureen Skelley; sisters Mary Ellen Ritter and Rita Billingsley; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was born in Roaring Branch, PA and graduated from South Side High School, Elmira, New York in 1945 and from State University of New York, Delhi in 1951. He proudly served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
James and Shirley were married on June 11, 1955 and celebrated 36 years of marriage prior to her death in 1992. He worked as a draftsman for Darrin & Armstrong and was a long-time resident of Plymouth, MI.
His greatest joy was being a grandfather and great-grandfather.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 5th from 2:00P.Pm. - 4:00P.M. at the Schrader-Howell Funeral Home 280 South Main St, Plymouth.
He will be interred with his wife at St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira, New York.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Chemung County Historical Society, 415 East Water Street, Elmira, New York 14901. http://chemungvalleymuseum.org