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Oct 17, 1951 - Nov 16, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY George James Skiniotes passed on, with his family by his side, on November 16, 2012, at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on October 17, 1951, in Joliet, Illinois, to James and Geraldine Skiniotes. George graduated from Lincoln Way Community High School's class of 1969 in New Lenox, Illinois, where he was known by the nickname "Greek." He married his longtime girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Joanne Batson, in 1971. Their son, Jimmy, was born in 1975, and they later relocated from New Lenox to Arlington, Texas. In 1982, George and his family moved to Oklahoma City, where he opened his independent sales company, Parthenon Sales Corporation, in 1985. George will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality. Many of his friends and family knew George as an extremely doting grandfather to his two-year-old grandson, Lucas, who called him "Papou." For several years, George was an avid tournament angler and all-around outdoorsman. George is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Joanne Batson; his son, Jimmy, daughter, Janna and grandson, Lucas, of Oklahoma City; his mother, Geraldine Skiniotes, of New Lenox, Illinois; three brothers, Steve (Donna) Skiniotes, James Skiniotes and Al (Janet) Skiniotes, of New Lenox, Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, James George Skiniotes, Sr. A Trisagion Service will be held in the Hahn-Cook Chapel Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., under Fr. John Tsaras, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City. The family asks that any gifts or donations be made to the in honor of George James Skiniotes at the following web link: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/teamgeorge http//main.acsevents.org/goto/teamgeorge
Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 19, 2012
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