Milton Edward Skelly, 75, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Skelly was born July 2, 1944, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, son of Milton and Delia Skelly. He spent part of his childhood at military bases in Japan and Iran where his father was stationed. Later, he lived in Brooklyn, New York where he attended Bishop Loughlin High School and Saint Francis College. Milton married Olga (Melnyk) Skelly in Johnson City, New York on July 13, 1982.
In addition to his wife, Milton is survived by his sons, Gregory Skelly and wife, Caroline of Edwardsville, Illinois, Anthony Skelly of Chicago, Illinois, and twin sons, Christopher Skelly and Daniel Skelly, both of Edwardsville, Illinois; grandson, Zai Skelly of Edwardsville, Illinois; and sister and brother-in-law, Madeleine and Fred Myers of Australia.
Dr. Skelly was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Delia Skelly.
Milton was loved and respected by his family. His bottomless fund of knowledge and his wit will be deeply missed.
Dr. Skelly's faith was a very important part of his life. He was a member of the Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon and was a fourth degree Knights of Columbus member.
Dr. Skelly had a brilliant mind and a life-time love of learning. His lifelong passion was the pursuit of enriching what he called "the life of the mind." Milton pursued his passion through education and through the vast array of books that he collected and read. He attended graduate school at Indiana University where he studied languages, becoming fluent in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian. Milton then drastically changed his educational trajectory by attending medical school at Hahnemann Medical Center (now Drexel) where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. He completed fellowships in neuropathology at Emory University and in hematopathology at Loyola University. Dr. Skelly utilized his board certification in these fields for 11 years as medical director of the clinical laboratory at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Mount Vernon, Illinois. After his retirement from medicine, Milton continued attending college courses at Rend Lake College, studying chemistry, calculus, physics, and botany until his passing.
A Visitation will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Knights of Columbus Chalice Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating. Interment will follow at Saint Mary Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Milton’s honor to Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.