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Harry A. Skilton

July 1, 1936 - October 6, 2019

          Harry A. Skilton, age 83, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

          Born in Pennsauken, NJ on July 1, 1936, he was the son of the late Harry G. and Rosamond (Spitznagle) Skilton.  Harry graduated from Drexel University in 1959 with a BS in Civil Engineering.  Following graduation, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and then went to work for Chicago Bridge and Iron Company.  In 1967, Harry proudly founded the Corrosion Control Corporation, in 1983 founded Southern Corrosion Incorporated and retired in 2007 after many years of service.

          Devoted to his faith, he was a longtime member of the New Castle UM Church, holding many positions over the years.  He loved to travel and together with his wife, they hosted many international students in their home.  Harry enjoyed music and in his spare time assisted his wife in many volunteer activities. 

          Harry is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joan G. (Thomas) Skilton; children, James Skilton (Lynne) of Littleton, NC, Richard Skilton (Michelle) of Townsend and Suzanne Lentini (Kurt) of Suffolk, VA; sister, Yevonne Speich (Tom) of Port St. Lucie, FL; sister-in-law, Helen James of Medford, N.J.; grandchildren, Morgan Barnes (Eric), Emma Skilton, Reed Skilton, Jamie Lentini and Tyler Lentini; great granddaughter, Bree Barnes; and nephew, Dan Oetting.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am on Friday, October 11, 2019, at New Castle UM Church, 510 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30 am.  Interment will follow at the adjoining cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harry’s memory to the New Castle UM Church, at the address listed above or Parkinson Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509, New York, NY 10018 (https://www.parkinson.org/)

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  • Rich, Michelle, Emma, Reed and family, my thoughts and condolences are with you with the passing of your dad and grandfather. Lots of music in the family. Now I know where it came from. Bless you!

  • A sad loss of a wonderful man. His personal excellence was surpassed only by his support and encouragement of his wonderful wife, Joan. May the Lord give comfort to all in these days of grief.

  • Harry was a good man and straight shooter. He was one of the good guys in this cutthroat world of greed!

  • Condolences to all of the Skilton Family. Good times and memories from Queen Avenue!

  • Joan and family
    With warm thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.
    Cathy Travers

  • Joan, we were so sad to learn of Harry’s death. He will be very missed by the whole New Castle community to which he contributed so much. We will miss his wonderful sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye. Just wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts at this time.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace God Bless
    Dan Abigail and Danny