Lyman Ellsworth Skyles of St. James, Missouri was born June 16, 1939 in St. James, Missouri to Lyman J. and Edna W. (Gerren) Skyles and passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the age of 79 years.
After Lyman graduated high school he joined the Army Reserves and took some college courses.
On November 21, 1959 he married Dora Sweeney.
Lyman loved reading newspaper, books and magazines, and he turned his love of reading into a lifelong career in newspaper and radio. He worked for many radio stations and newspapers throughout Missouri, locally The St. James Leader Journal and KZNN, taking on any role they had to offer, from radio host, to newspaper editor and reporter.
He was a very knowledgeable man and was a great storyteller. He could tell you the whole history of St. James, facts about St. James that you may have never known, but really enjoyed hearing. He loved dogs and cats and felt it his responsibility to feed the local feral cats that came along. He enjoyed getting together with family and friends for some friendly conversations and a few laughs. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He was preceded in death by his son, Vernon “Eddie” Skyles; infant brother; brother, George Skyles; and sister, Margaret Jose.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dora Skyles of the home; son, Brian Lee Skyles of Hiawatha, Iowa; sisters, Sharon Jones and husband Louis of Longview, Texas, Dorothy Skyles of St. James, Missouri, Mary Skyles of St. James, Missouri, Edith Schroyer and husband Dave of Cuba, Missouri, Anna Skyles of St. James, Missouri, and Carla Scantlin and husband Charles of Cuba, Missouri; brothers, Richard Skyles of St. Louis, Missouri, Norman Sklyes and wife Katie of Salem, Missouri, Charles Skyles and wife Connie of Rockwall, Texas and Harry Skyles and wife Betty of Jacksonville, Arkansas; grandson, Michael Chance Skyles; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Pastor Steven Brubaker officiating.
Internment was at the St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.