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Raymond E. Skyles

7/20/1941 - 2/23/2020

MANITO ~ Raymond E. Skyles, 78, of Manito, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin with his family at his side. 

He was born July 20, 1941 in Newberg, Missouri the son of Frank Raymond and Lottie Marie (Nease) Skyles.  He was united in marriage to Viola Lane on April 27, 1963 in Rolla, Missouri.  She died on October 28, 2016.    He also was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles Skyles and Frank Skyles.  

He is survived by one daughter, Shere (Bert) Wasson of Green Valley and one granddaughter, Madison Wasson.   Raymond has three sisters, Rose (Clyde) Teems, Almyra Gargus and Virginai Beyers, all of Rolla, Missouri; along with brother-in-law’s, Allen (Susie) Lane of Vichy, Missouri, Ed (Linda) Lane of Rolla, Missouri, and Charles (Brenda) Lane of Manito.  Also surviving are several nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces all of whom he loved. 

Raymond worked for Caterpillar in Morton retiring after 36 years of service.   He also served his country in the 501st Airborne.   Raymond loved going to the farm in Missouri, hunting, camping, visiting with family and friends and of course talking about tractors.   He was a supporter of the Manito Popcorn festival for many years, and loved to help set the stage up and watch the local talent perform.  

A private family gathering will be held in the future. There will be no visitation or services. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Manito Popcorn Festival Friends, P.O. Box 540, Manito, Illinois 61546 or to the Cancer Association of your choice.  

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Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin assisted the family with arrangements.