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Dean Losey Skiles

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dean Losey Skiles

June 7, 1936 - Sept. 10, 2012

DANBURY, Nebraska -- Dean Losey Skiles was born on June 7, 1936, in Omaha and was adopted by Howard and Auryl Skiles, Lebanon, when he was three months old. Dean grew up in Lebanon, attended school there until he was in the 11th grade, when he transferred to the Danbury High School. It was there that he met his future bride, Mildred Eleanor Green. They graduated in 1954 and were married on Feb. 12, 1955. The family grew with the addition of three children.

Dean, Eleanor and family moved to California in 1956, and returned to Danbury in 1959, where Dean farmed with his father north of Lebanon until 1969. During that time, he attended General Motors training center in Omaha and, in 1970, moved back to California, living in Anaheim and Garden Grove.

Dean was a true journeyman, working at a wide variety of jobs, taking advantage of his many skills. These included being a service manager and general manager of two different automobile dealerships, owning a Union 76 gas station and acting as plumbing department supervisor at Home Depot. Upon retirement in 2002, Dean and Eleanor moved back to Danbury. Their son, Jay Skiles and grandson, Hayes Skiles accompanied them.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Auryl Skiles, and his father- and mother-in-law, Vern and Doris Green, Danbury.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor; his daughter Debbie (Craig) Walker, Orange, California; son Doug (Lori) Skiles, Murrieta, California and son, Jay, Danbury. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Colin, Emily and Hannah Walker, Melissa Campbell, Cory Skiles, Hayes Skiles, Jason Day, one great-grandchild, Kaiden Campbell and brother- and sister-in-laws: Don and Joyce Green and Jim and Gwen Lee.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Hermann's Funeral Home in McCook. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given in his name and sent to Hermann's Funeral Home or sent to the home address: 108 W Decatur St, Danbury, 69026.