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Elward Skaggs

July 13, 1936 — June 6, 2019

Elward "Tuffy" Skaggs, 83, died on June 6, 2019 at his home. Born on May 13th, 1936 in Spring Valley to the late Ernest and Edith Gumble Skaggs, he married Bonnie Lewis on July 13, 1969.
"Tuff" is survived by: His wife Bonnie; daughter Sherry (Russell) Wallace of Peoria; brothers Eldon (Johnnie) of Glendale AZ & Robert (Jan) of Metamora; sister-in-law Kathy (late Melvin) Skaggs of Lacon grandchildren Krystle (Travis) Rutherford of Mount Vernon, Leah (Josh) Walden of Carterville, Charlie (Michelle) Wallace of Peoria, Victoria (Jason) Phillips of Peoria Heights, Matt Wallace of Peoria; and 4 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by daughter Debbie Wolske, sister Elaine Foster, and brother Melvin Skaggs.
"Tuff" was the ultimate husband and family-focused man. In July of this year, Bonnie & Tuffy would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a quiet personable man and very detailed in everything he did. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a comment that brought a smile to everyone's face. His 42 years at CILCO were marked by qualities of discipline, dependability, mastery of the electrical systems, customer satisfaction, and training & educating people. Exemplary was the word that best described his life and his dedication to his wife, family, and work.
Cremation rights have been accorded and a graveside service will be held in the Magnolia Cemetery on Saturday June 22 2019 at 11am. Memorials can be made to The Alzheimer's Association and online condolences can be left at

Graveside Inurnment

JUN 22. 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)

Magnolia Cemetery
Magnolia, IL

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