Vladimir Walter Skuby, 83, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose specialty was intelligence and Soviet affairs, died August 12, 2007, at Capital Hospice in Arlington. He had kidney failure. He was a resident of Springfield, Virginia.
Colonel Skuby flew 19 combat missions as an Army Air Forces pilot in Europe during World War II. During the Vietnam War, he was an Air Force combat group adviser on flight operations to the South Vietnamese Air Force.
He was an air attache at the U.S. embassies in Moscow and Warsaw before his final active-duty assignment, with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
After his military retirement in 1977, he spent about five years as a Soviet affairs specialist at the defense contractor BDM Corp.
Colonel Skuby was born in Brooklyn, New York; his father was a Russian Orthodox priest.
He completed high school in Ambridge, Pa. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and received a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University. He also graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College, Defense Intelligence School and the Air War College.
He was fluent in Russian and Polish.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, four awards of the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, where he was a former parish council president and secretary. He was a lifelong member of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Eleanor Jankura Skuby of Springfield; two sons, Mark Skuby of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Skuby of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; two sisters; and six grandchildren.
VLADIMIR WALTER SKUBY
LTC. USAF (Ret.)
On August 12, 2007, of Springfield, Virginia. Survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Eleanor J. Skuby; father of Mark V. Skuby, (Eugenia) of New Jersey and Captain Timothy V. Skuby, USCG (Maureen) of Boston, Massachusetts; brother of Marion Shark of New Jersey and Nadine Blank of California. Also survived by six grandchildren.
Friends may call on Monday, August 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Rite of Burial Service will begin at 7 p.m. Divine Litergy will be offered on Tuesday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Burial will Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Nicholas Building Fund.
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