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Arnold E. Skillings
March 4, 1953 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Arnold E. Skillings, 70, of Blairsville, went home to live with his Heavenly Father, after battling a rare form of cancer, on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at his home.
Arnold was born on March 4, 1953 in Latrobe, a son of late Louise (Skillings) Dukes and George Washington.
Arnold was a retiree of ATI after serving over 37 years as a crane operator. He served a short time as an elder of the Blairsville Missionary Alliance Church as well as playing drums in their worship team.
Besides his parents Arnold is preceded in death by daughter Alesha Riahs; one brother David Dukes; and one sister Eva Sylvis.
Arnold is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Linda (Bollinger) Skillings; two sons Andre Skillings and wife Violet and Liam Skillings; daughter Ari Skillings; two granddaughters Kylie and Layla Helender; one brother Vincent Skillings; two sisters Timara Hall and husband Irv and Rhonda Dukes; brother in law Rick Bollinger; sister in law Vicki Henry; two fur babies Senorita Sensae and Baby GrayC; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Family will receive friends for Arnold’s Life Celebration 12-3PM Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at the Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry, PA 724-694-8331.
A funeral service will follow, 3PM, in the funeral home with Pastor John Buchman as officiant.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Bethlen Home Hospice and Home Care, Dr. Michael G. Weinberg, MD, and Dr. Edward T. Szabo MD.
Online condolences may be made to www.merlinfuneralhome.com.