Sept. 3, 1936- Feb. 17, 2012
CASPER, Wyoming -- Kelvin Roger Skiles, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away on Feb. 17, 2012, in Yuma, Arizona following an illness.
He was born to Lewis and Merle (Hahn) Skiles on Oct. 3, 1936, in Wilsonville, Nebraska. Kelvin graduated from Wilsonville High School in 1954, then attended Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney. He went to work for West Coast Airlines in Washington state where he met Rae Brown. They married in 1958 and had three children. He started a career with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) in 1961 and relocated to Worland, Wyoming, in 1962.
He was a member of the BPOE Elk Lodge 1907. He served as the Exalted Ruler from 1971 to 1972 and was Chairman of the State Scholarship fund of the Elks from 1970-1976. After their divorce, Kelvin moved to Casper, where he worked for the FAA until his retirement in 1996.
With his great friends from Wyoming, he spent winters in Yuma, Arizona, and the summers in Casper. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, sisters and friends. Golf and fishing were his favorite activities.
He is survived by two sons and a daughter: Roger and Tina Skiles of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Larry and Laura Skiles of Casper, and Christine and Robert Severns of Aztec, New Mexico; sisters: Judy and Delbert Beins of Beaver City, Nebraska, and Donna and Bruce Anthony of Hayward, California; grandchildren: Sean and Tucker Skiles (Roger and Tina), Sarah, Jacob and Cooper Skiles (Larry and Laura), and Charles and Katherine Severns (Christine and Robert); nephew Wade and Terri Beins and niece Aneta and Bobby Vorhies; grandnieces: Brooke, Abigail and Paige Eden and grandnephew Logan Eden.
A Celebration of Kelvin's life took place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m.with his Yuma friends. There will be a final Celebration of Kelvin's life with inurnment in Wilsonville, Nebraska, at a later date.
Those who wish to honor Kelvin's memory may do so by donating to the Elks' National Foundation Fund through the Worland, Wyoming BPOE Lodge 1907, 604 Coburn Ave., Worland, WY, 82401.