Dr. Alan Skirball, MD, FACS, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the age 92 in Queen Creek, Ariz.
He was the younger of two children born Sept. 11, 1923, in Dayton, Ohio, to Rudolph and Zehrel (Pinner) Skirball. Dr. Skirball married Betty Jean (Greene) Skirball Sept. 15, 1949. Betty preceded him in death in 2010. They have three children, Richard Skirball and his wife, Donna Skirball, of Granite City, Sally Skirball and her husband, Gary Hyduke, of Chandler, Ariz., and William Skirball and his wife, Peggy Skirball, of Holly Springs, N.C. He has two grandchildren, Alicia (Skirball) Tosspon and her husband, Alex Tosspon, of O’Fallon, Ill., and Richard Skirball Jr. and his wife, Hannah Skirball, of Granite City; and four great-grandchildren, Samuel Skirball, Noah Skirball, Vivienne Skirball and Oliver Tosspon.
Dr. Skirball served in the Army Air Corps’ 334th Fighter Squadron as a Second Lieutenant from April 1944 to December 1945. He was awarded the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster during his service. Dr. Skirball attended the Ohio State University for his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Medicine. He did his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He practiced OB/GYN medicine in Granite City and Glen Carbon, and was on staff at St. Elizabeth’s (now Gateway Regional) Medical Center in Granite City, Oliver C. Anderson Hospital in Maryville and Jewish Hospital St. Louis. He was board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After he retired, he and Betty eventually moved to Boca Raton, Fla. He was a member of Temple Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, an avid golfer and former member of Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville.
A private family service will be held at Jefferson Barracks Memorial Cemetery.