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The Telegram
  • Donald A. Skinner, Sr.

  • Donald A. Skinner, Sr., 76, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence, with his loving family by his side.

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  • Donald A. Skinner, Sr., 76, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at his residence, with his loving family by his side.
    He was born in Ilion on June 19, 1936, the son of the late Kenneth W. and Ella D. Kinney Skinner, Sr. and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Don proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Following his service to his country, Don resided in Herkimer for the greater part of his life. On Nov. 14, 1998, he married Eunice Daniels Sweet in the St. Johnsville Reformed Church, St. Johnsville.
    Prior to his retirement, Don worked for many years at The Evening Telegram, Herkimer. Earlier in his life he worked for Mac’s Taxi in Ilion for over fourteen years and also was a dispatcher at MOVAC.
    Don was a member of Michael Pliseck VFW Post No. 4915 Herkimer, Ilion AMVETS No. 777, Herkimer DAV No. 162, Little Falls America Legion Post No. 31 and Dads of Foreign Veterans. He was devoted and loving family man who took great pride in all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His most joyous times in life was spending it with his family and loved being call grandpa. Don also enjoyed watching NASCAR every Sunday and cheering for his favorite driver, Jeff Gordon.
    He is survived by his loving wife, Eunice; his sons, Donald A. and Bernadette Skinner, Jr., of Little Falls, John J. Skinner, and his companion, Angela Thompson, of Gloversville; his daughters, Michelle Allen, of Herkimer, Patricia and Pat Stoffer, of Texas, Roberta Brian, of Attica, Tanya and Daniel Youngs, of Poland, and Darlene Skinner and her companion, Dean Kent, of Ilion; his step sons, Kenneth and Mary Sweet, Jr., of Herkimer, Robert and Tammy Sweet, of Little Falls, and Richard and Arlene Sweet, of Gloversville; his step daughters, Diane Smith, of Little Falls, Lisa McCarthy, of Ilion, Melissa Stahl, of Ilion, Sara and Terry Cambell, of Little Falls, Sherri and Clint Wadworth, of Florida, Bonnie and Randy Howell, of St. Johnsville, Diane and Rick Howell, of Canajoharie, Christine Dennis, of Little Falls, and Debra and Jim VanBuren, of Bridgewater; his sisters, Helen and Tom Wilson, of Richfield Springs, Joan and Darlene; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was predeceased by his sisters, Cora Mullaney, Sandra and Shirley Bean, his brothers, Kenneth Jr., Earl and Ralph and his very special granddaughter, Katelynn M. Sweet, who passed away, Nov. 20, 2010.
    Don’s funeral services will commence 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, from the Chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer. Interment will be made in St. Johnsville’s Cemetery, St. Johnsville, in the family plot. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St, Herkimer, on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Members of Michael Pliseck VFW Post No. 4915 are asked to gather at the funeral home at 1 p.m. for a ritual service.
    Page 2 of 2 - Online condolences may be given by visiting www.eneafamily.com. The family is being care for by Scott J. Pizer, funeral director for The Enea Family Funeral Homes.
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