June 27, 1926 – March 30, 2019
Obituary Billey Skarles passed peacefully on March 30, 2019. He was born to Mary Parmentier Moser & Constatine(Gus) Skarles on June 27, 1926 at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento. He graduated from Sacramento High in 1944 & was immediately drafted into the Army. After training in Ft. Louis he was sent to the front lines in Germany. During his time fighting in World War II he was injured & received a Purple Heart as well as a Bronze Star for Valor in Combat for pulling a fellow soldier back to safety under enemy fire. Upon returning to Sacramento he met his future wife, Delina DaPrato, & after less then a year of courtship, they married on April 6, 1947. Together they built a beautiful life full of love & laughter. They were active members of many social clubs, including the Dante Club & the Elks Lodge #6 where he served as Exalted Ruler as well as The District Deputy for the California-Hawaii Elks Association. Under his chairmanship, he set a record for the highest fundraising year to date. He was a printer by training & trade, beginning his career at The Sacramento Bee. He later opened his own shop, Skarles Printing which he & Delina ran for 30 years. Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, family meals, & a good joke. He will be missed by all that were blessed to have known him. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brothers Leo & James, sisters Josephine, Margaret, & Ellen. He is survived by Delina, his wife of 72 years, 3 daughters: Cindy (Jim), Janis (Bob), & Susie (Jim), 8 grandchildren: Serena, Tom, Cris (Anna), Joanna (Eric), Dena (Tony), Shauna (Carl), Michael (Kristina), Alisa, 10 great-grandchildren, & his sisters Dorothy & CoraLee as well as his sisters &brother-in laws, Dorothy, Gloria & Willie & his loving nephews and nieces. Visitation at Nicoletti Funeral Home, 5-7pm, Friday April 5, 2019. Funeral service, 11:00am Monday April 8. 2019, at Sacred Heart Church, followed by burial at St Marys Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers the family suggests making a donation in his honor to California Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc (CHEMPI) in care Elks Lodge #6, 6446 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95831.
- Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
- Mass of the Christian Burial Monday, April 8, 2019
- Graveside Service Monday, April 8, 2019
April 4, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. To me, he never aged. He looked the same to me the last time I saw him at Sacred Heart Church as he did when we were in elementary school. He was a kind, wonderful gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with your mother knowing how hard this will be for her and also with you and your sisters as you are navigating through this difficult time. Celebrate all of the beautiful memories you have of him and remember how lucky and blessed you were to have him as your father.