Douglas A. ‘Doug’ Skeel

Douglas A. “Doug” Skeel, 68, of Tiffin, completed his journey Sunday evening, July 14, 2013, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

He was born May 5, 1945, in Pennsylvania, to Stanley and Isabel (Dornan) Skeel. He married his soul mate, Sharon Kuhn Dec. 24, 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Sharon; two daughters, Roxanne (Denny) Gribben, and their son, Grant, of Tiffin, and Kelly (Marc) Watcke, and their daughter, Hannah, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Steve Skeel and his two sons, Brian and Matt, and Jeff Skeel; three brothers, Dennis, Gary and Brian; and a sister, Pat Olenik.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dick and Larry; and a grandson, Garrett Watcke.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, where he volunteered and was a 1963 graduate of Green Springs High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country from 1963 until he was honorably discharged in 1966.

He started working at Seneca Environmental where he met Sharon after an airplane ride and then worked for Tiffin Aire from 1998 until last Monday, July 8, 2013. Doug was still working after his lung transplant 17 years ago; he had a great work ethic. He received his private pilot license March 17, 1973. He loved airplanes, model airplanes and model railroads.

Doug was a peer counselor, caring for others in the same situation as him and walked his path with faith and obedience. His passion for life was flying, working for Tiffin Aire and spending time with his family. His achievements were many but being a grandfather to Hannah and Grant was a dream come true since he had a lung transplant and did not know if it was going to be possible. Most of all, he was a very faithful and loving husband to Sharon. They spent more than 34 years of marriage together and were best friends; as well as, husband and wife.

There will be no visitation at this time and a memorial service will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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