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Charles B. Skelton, 79, of Clarence Center, a longtime Air Force reservist and retired Sylvania employee, died Saturday (Aug. 28, 1999) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst.

Born in De Ruyter, he attended the University of Buffalo. He served with the Army Air Forces during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He remained in the Air Force Reserve and rose to the rank of major before retiring in 1980. He worked in the Retirees Office at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base until 1995.

Skelton worked for Sylvania for 30 years and was a buyer for Sylvania-GTE in Batavia when he retired in 1979. He was a past president of the Sylvania Management Club.

Active in the Clarence Fire Company since 1960, he was secretary-treasurer of Clarence Fire District No. 1. Before moving to Clarence 41 years ago, he lived in Buffalo and Kenmore.

Skelton and Mary L. Crocuston were married in 1943.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Charles E. "Ted" and Paul H., both of Orchard Park; a brother, Fordyce of Syracuse; two sisters, Ruth Ferguson of Bridgeport and Doris Holmes of Cazenovia; and two grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was offered today in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Clarence. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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