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  • Frankie Skobel
    Frankie Gene Skobel, age 78, of Benton, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Lavender Ridge in Mt. Vernon, IL.


    Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Bert Mitchell officiating. A private family burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

    Mr. Skobel was born on September 9, 1938 in Murphysboro, IL, the son of Frank Skobel and Cora (Rains) Skobel. He married the former Mary Margaret Stewart on September 19, 1959, and she preceded him in death on October 18, 2014.

    Frankie Gene Skobel was a graduate of Gorham Mississippi Valley High School in Gorham, IL.

    Frankie worked as a utility serviceman with SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative. He was a member of the I.B.E.W. #702, Murphysboro Masonic Lodge #498 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois, Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois.

    He was an avid hunter and sportsman, and especially enjoyed the shooting sports.

    Mr. Skobel is survived by his four children: Frankie Skobel of Mt. Vernon, Anthony Skobel and wife Kathy of Benton, Angela Breckenridge of Old Monroe, MO, Cameron Skobel and wife Tina of St. Louis, MO; fifteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Karen Weinstein and husband Rick of De Soto, IL; two sisters-in-law: Jo Anne Skobel of De Soto, IL, Carolyn Stewart of Loogootee, IN; two brothersin- law: Donald R. Stewart of Jasper, IN, Terry L. Stewart of Otwell, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson Frankie Allan Minor, and a brother Wayne Skobel.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association, and will be accepted at the funeral home.

    To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Frankie, visit www.lpfuneralhome. com

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