Ernestus Skinner
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Obituary of Ernestus F. Skinner

Mr. Ernestus F. “Ernie” Skinner of Cuddebackville, NY died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at St. Joseph's Place.  He was 96.

He was born February 17, 1921 in Port Orange, NY the son of the late Ernestus and the late Mary Elizabeth Piatt Skinner.

Ernie married Betty Jean Frace on November 18, 1956 in Kingston, PA.

He served in the 88th Army Infantry during WWII.

Ernestus worked as a Corrections Officer in the NYS Division of Youth at the Otisville Department of Corrections.  He was also a life member of the Otisville American Legion and the Greenville V.F.W.

Surviving are:

Wife:                Betty Jean Skinner                                         Cuddebackville, NY

Son:                 Richard Skinner and his wife, Debra              Cuddebackville, NY

Son:                 Ernestus A. “Bud” Skinner                              Cuddebackville, NY

Daughter:        Mary Skinner and her husband, Warren        Catasauqua, PA

Grandchildren: Sean Reynolds and his wife, Tara                Catasauqua, PA

                        Natisha Canter and her husband, Jeremy     Symsonia, KY

                        Amanda Haggerty and her husband, Tony    Lone Oak, KY

                        Kimberly Stroud and her husband, Clint        Bonham, TX

                        Jason Skinner                                                 Cuddebackville, NY

Great-Grandchildren: Nathan, Lexi, Christopher & William Canter and Majestic, Jaydon & Jameson Reynolds

And nephew, Lee Van Ness

He was predeceased by his granddaughter Cathy Skinner, great-grandson Brandon Canter, sister Audrey Van Ness, and sister-in-law Mary Louise McIlvain.

 Friends may call at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00pm with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.  

Cremation will be held at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA.

A burial of cremains will be held in Rural Valley Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Ernestus’ name to St. Joseph’s Place, 160 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771. 845.856.5191 For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit