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Melvin Skaggs

December 29, 1942 — December 20, 2014

Melvin G. Skaggs of Lacon, formerly Varna, died at 5:47pm on December 20, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Hospital. Born December 29, 1942 in Spring Valley, IL to the late Ernest and Edith Gumble Skaggs, he married Kathy Toliver on January 10, 1987 in Varna. She survives.

Mel joined the Air Force in 1962. He served in the 28th Air Transport Squadron and 1501st Air Transport Wing at Hill AF Base in Utah. Mel then became a lineman for CILCO for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a proud member of The American Legion Post 2910, serving on the Honor Guard for many years.

Mel is survived by: his wife Kathy; sons Rodney Skaggs of Varna, Kevin (Toni) Skaggs of Pleasant Hill, OR; daughter Laurie Davis of Scottsdale ,AZ; children from his union with Joanie Seckler; step son Jeremy (Casey) Swanson of Varna; brothers Eldon (Johnnie) Skaggs of Glendale, AZ; Tuff (Bonnie) Skaggs of Lacon; Robert (Jan) Skaggs of Metamora; and grandchildren Karlee & Kyra Skaggs, McKenna Skaggs, Preston & Austin Davis, Jesse & Alexis Swanson. He was also preceded in death by his sister Elaine Foster.

Cremation rites have been accorded and services for Melvin will be held at a later date in the Magnolia Cemetery with full military rites. Memorials can be made to The American Legion or St. Jude. Online condolences can be left at

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