Charles L. Skees, 90, of Dunbar, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at his home in Dunbar. He retired from Union Carbide with 21 years of service and then owned/operated an over-the-road truck service. Charles was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served from 1942 to 1945.
He was a member of Dunbar Masonic Lodge No. 159, the Beni Kedem Temple, Legion of Honor and the Scottish Rite. Charles was active in driving the van for the Shriners Children’s Hospital, transporting children to the Shriners Orthopedic and Burn Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Ky. He received the Driver Coordinator Award in January 2000 for his faithful service.
Charles was also a member of the Huntington Railroad Historical Society. He traveled the excursion train from Charleston to White Sulphur Springs as a narrator, giving information about local history.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Phyllis Skees; sisters, Mary Jane Faulks Pulerbaugh and Charlotte Stockmaster; brother, Wilbur Skees; and son-in-law, Ron Smith.
Surviving are his daughter, Donna Smith of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Thomas A. Skees and his wife, Linda, of Dunbar; granddaughters, Tina Watson of Charleston, Tammy Duffield of Virginia Beach, Va., and Tara Pressler of San Antonio, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Emily Pressler and Christian Watson; and brother, Eddie Skees of Michigan.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Dr. Okey Harless officiating. Entombment will follow in Grandview Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Friends may call at Keller Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.