Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA

  • 1928-2013
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  • Erma June Sketo, the daughter of Daunt and Maude Rippee, was born at home in Mansfield, Missouri,
    along with her twin sister, Norma Jean, on January 24, 1928 and made her transition to Heaven on
    April 14, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Gloria Flanigan, with family by her side at the age of 85.
    June lived and worked in Mansfield most of her life and in her teen years she was a waitress at
    Winslows Cafe where she had two famous customers who would come in every week for chicken &
    dumplings. She was a resident and a writer and she and her husband, Almonzo, lived on the outskirts
    of Mansfield where she would write her “Little House on the Prairie” books; she was Laura Ingalls
    Wilder. June was one of the remaining few who knew her. The Rippee twins could sure jitterbug and
    one night she met Al Sketo; they soon married on August 29, 1946. After marrying “Al” they moved
    to Taft, California where Mr. Sketo worked for the Midway Driller and Bakersfield Californian and
    June raised their two daughters, Gloria and Connie. While enjoying the Loyal Order of the Moose
    Club, of which she made several trips to Moose Heart “Childrens Orphanage.” June also loved
    bowling and cooking for her family. After she became a Christian she enjoyed teaching Sunday
    School. She had many friends, Naydene Laney in particular; they made several trips on Route 66
    across the map of the United States—and the stories they could tell. She leaves behind three dear
    friends, Margaret, Virginia and Donna. “Naydene and I will be waiting.” June worked and managed
    the Salvation Army store in Taft and enjoyed her many customers who became friends. She retired
    after 25 years of service. June was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Wiley Clepper; her parents,
    Daunt and Maude Rippee; two infant brothers and brothers, “Bud” and Persea Rippee; sister, Francis
    Randolph and her dear twin sister, Norma Jean, who died on May 31, 2012. June is also preceded in
    death by her loving husband, Virgil Allen Sketo. Together they gave their daughters the most
    “wonderful life story we could have ever wanted.” June is survived by her daughter, Gloria Flanigan
    and her husband, Pat; daughter, Connie Clepper; grandson, Rev. Tony Young and wife, Suzanne and
    their children, Emily Joy and Nathan Anthony; and by her granddaughter, Melissa Young and her
    children, Whitney Gail Woods, Natalie Lachelle Woods and Zachery Allen Young (little Al.) Step-
    grandchildren include Brock Flanigan and his wife, Krystal and newest addition, Aeryn will be here in
    Page 2 of 2 - August; Jason Flanigan and his wife, Jessica and their children, Jordan and Cara Flanigan, Christopher
    and Chase Toms, Brandy Cramer and her children, Jesse Jane Cramer and Michael and Gabriel
    Hernandez and Chris Clepper. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to
    8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April
    23, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison St., Taft. To express online condolences
    please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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