Ed Skillman

June 09, 1952 ‒ March 10, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Guy Edward Skillman, age 67, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at his residence.  Ed was born on June 9, 1952 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to his late parents John and Reta (Rice) Skillman.

Ed graduated from Whitehall High School in Columbus and attended The Ohio State University.  In 1969 Ed was part of two O.C.C. Championship teams at Whitehall, Football and Baseball.  He was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and watched every game of the season.  He even loved watching Classic Ohio State games.  Ed enjoyed golfing with friends and his two sons.  As his kids and grandkids were growing up he went to dance recitals, track meets, football, baseball, basketball and soccer games, musicals, wrestling and whatever they were involved in, including some things he didn’t quite understand.  His final resting place will be at the former Tomahawk Golf Course, now The Kokosing Nature Preserve, where he spent most of his time in the woods.  Ed was well known for his sense of humor.

Many of you that knew Ed well would know that he would not have liked calling hours or a funeral.  We as his family are honoring his wishes.  However; we would like to thank his many longtime friends who have stayed in touch and continued to have conversations, raise an occasional beer, watch a game, and maintain valuable friendships.   Those are the things that remained important to Ed after his retirement and subsequent illness.  He was a private person and didn’t share himself with too many…we were privileged to have him and will miss him, especially at the holidays.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lynette (Auskings) Skillman; children, Trisha (Aaron) Clark, Shane (Erin) Skillman, Brett (Jessica) Skillman; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Drew (Melissa) Skillman; sisters, Susan (Dr. Ron) Haudenschilt, Jackie (Ron) Walters, Jennifer (Bret) Brovard; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Hospice of Knox County; https.//www.hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/support-us/donate-to-hnco#.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Skillman family during this difficult time. May God bless all of you.

    The Loughman Family,
    K.J. and Renae, Riley and Katelyn

  • Will remember his sense of humor at our potlucks, all staff meetings and just daily interactions with him at ODJFS. My sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends. Rest peacefully Ed.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Lynette and family. I have known Ed since grade school. He was always wearing a smile and such a nice guy. You all will be in my prayers.

  • It pains me deeply to find out that Ed is no longer with us. Lynette, Trisha, Shane and Brett, I believe I only met you at his retirement party. I’d like you to know Ed was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed talking about all things dealing with Ohio State sports with him. I’m a Whitehall High School grad too and it was an honor to know him. He will be missed by everyone that was lucky enough to meet him. My deepest sympathies to you all. Sincerely, Jim

  • My condolences and prayers to Ed’s family. I have good memories of working with Ed at the state and he was a joy to be around with his sense of humor.

  • Lyn & Family, our thoughts & prayers are with you. I hated hearing this about Ed. I’m always here for you Lyn. Keep the Faith and may Ed RIP❤️

  • This is such a shock to hear about Ed. He was one of a kind and a dedicated guy. My condolences to his family. I will miss him.

  • Ed will truly be missed. I will miss the text messages asking abour what is going on at work. I was just told recently that i was the female version of Ed, serious but funny as hell! I cant think of a better compliment…especially now. I will never forget everything Ed has done for me, and the friendship we had. Rest in peace Ed. I will be praying for the family.

  • Sadden to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a quiet man, but every once in a while he give you that small smile that let you know everything’s ok! May the families and friends memories help carry them thru!

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked with Ed for many years, largely when we were OBES. He was a delight to be around and always had a funny comment to make bad times better. We went on golfing vacations many times to Pinehurst and he still talked about those times in the last year or so…there he was his typical self, making light of everything that happened, except when he played a particular shot well; when we would congratulate him, he would want to downplay it and move to the next shot, trying to duck the congratulations…in my time with him, he would always do the same…he was simply one of the very good people that I have had the pleasure of knowing and the world is a lesser place without him.

  • Lynette I am so very sorry to hear this. I pray for you and your family during this very difficult time.

  • Ed was a gentle soul and a great person to know at JFS. The first time I met him he made he laugh. RIP good buddy!

  • Dear Lynnette & Family,
    May you draw strength from your memories and the love you all share. May you find peace knowing that his life touched so many . God bless you and may He wrap His loving arms around you all.

  • I am sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. A good friend and co-worker. We had lots of laughs and I always enjoyed his sense of humor. We attended a couple of OSU games together. sipped some brew. He loved Lynn and his family. A really good man. He helped make our team at work one of the best in the country. Larry Milstead

  • I was fortunate to know Ed as one of my closest friends for 30+ years. He was one of my favorite people and we had some awesome, memorable times together. In the past few months it wasn’t easy for him to venture out, but he recently wanted to meet for a couple of “cold ones.” He talked about what a great life he has had and especially how proud he was of the family he and Lyn have created in their 47 years together. Ed was all about family.

    Ed was also very passionate when it came to standing up for and supporting his staff and co-workers (his other family.) As a result, he earned the respect and loyalty of all who worked with him.

    Ed was taken from us far too soon. I will always treasure his friendship and the rich history we had together.

  • Lynette, we are so saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. Over the years our paths haven’t crossed too many times, but as Erin’s aunt and uncle, we have loved and enjoyed Shane and know that Ed must have been a wonderful husband and father as well. May the good times shared and the memories made help to sustain you in this time of grief. We will be holding you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • I was fortunate to met & know Ed in high school. He & his father were such gentle souls & good people. We went to the prom together & other activities during high school & he was a perfect gentleman. I’d watch him play football which he enjoyed so much. Good job number “60.” We all go our separate ways in life but ran into each other at OBES many years later. He spoke proudly of his wife, family & kids & I could then see the kind of “good soul” that he remained throughout his life. It sadness me deeply to hear of his passing as he was so young. It was a pleasure to know you Ed & May you RIP my good friend. Many heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family. Go & enjoy God’s home.

  • I was so very sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. By the time I came to the UC office at ODJFS, he was well-tenured and I truly enjoyed getting to know him and learning from him.

    My deepest sympathies to your whole family. May Ed Rest In Peace.

  • Lynn, You and Ed always looked so good together when he would come into the store with you, and it was a blessing that you could have him home with you when he passed. That will likely become more meaningful to you with the passing of time and I like to think he wanted it that way – I don’t know but you probably do know. May the memories and love you shared sustain you in the weeks ahead and into the future.

  • Lynn so very sorry to hear that Ed has passed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏. Let me know if I can help in any way. Love 💕💕

  • I was saddened to hear of Ed’s passing, Lyn and the rest of your family. I know you will be OK, because you have the support of your family and friends. Love you.

  • As so many have said, Ed broke the mold. You could always count on Ed in good times and bad. He was a man of his word and never let you down. For everyone that came in contact with Ed, they are a better person. I can’t tell you the amount of times he helped me over the years, both professionally and personally. I will miss our times talking about sports, giving him crap about the Buckeyes, listening to him talk about his wonderful family and listening to him bitch in his office, haha.

    To Ed’s family, my thoughts are with you.
    To Ed, Go Mountaineers!!!

  • I met Ed in the late ’70s, when he joined the staff of Franklin County Treasurer Buck Rinehart. We very quickly became golfing buddies and good friends, and remained thus ever since. Ed chose to stay in the Treasurer’s Office after Buck was elected Columbus Mayor in 1983. I moved on with Buck, but by then, Ed and I were playing multiple rounds together every year, on golf courses all over Franklin County — and a few in Knox County! We always had a blast on the golf course, and an even better time on “the 19th hole.”

    At this sad moment, I simply want to echo what so many others have written in their tributes to Ed. That is…what a thoroughly fine, decent, loyal, honorable person he was. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, sibling, and uncle. He was never happier than when talking about Lyn and his kids.

    Job well done, and a life well lived, Ed. RIP, old buddy.

  • Lyn, I am so sorry for the loss of your spouse, partner and friend. I didn’t know Ed as long as
    many who have written before me, but their
    tributes ring true. Clearly he loved his family and
    enjoyed the wonderful traditions you two built.
    The photos of grandchildren at Easter lined up by age after the egg hunt are precious. Your dining room table stretched to fit everyone and all giving thanks is a heartwarming tradition. It was after one of these dinners that Ed introduced me to oyster dressing. I think he had set it aside for later, but he was eager to share it. I loved it and now recall that moment every Thanksgiving. I am particularly touched by how he accepted and embraced our blended family. I’ll remember Ed as a solid guy who didn’t need to say much. His character and warmth was evident.
    I know you will miss him deeply, especially during the holidays he loved. May your warm memories of these good times comfort you and your family.