US Army


Honor Mission

William Skye

US Army Reserve (Ret.)
Korean War Era Veteran

Lafayette, NY - 08/26/2022


Mission applies to the following Region(s):

Region 2, Region 3

About the Mission:

The Family of Lieutenant Colonel William Skye, United States Army Reserve (Retired), has requested Patriot Guard Riders to attend his service Friday August 26, 2022.   Colonel Skye, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, November 23, 2021 at Carthage Area Hospital.

William was born in South Plainfield, New Jersey.  After graduation from North Plainfield (NJ) High School where he was an All-County football player and track letterwinner, Bill was invited to walk-on the SU freshman football team by Coach Lester Dye. Bill received an athletic scholarship. He went on to become a three-year starter on defense under Coach Ben Schwartzwalder. Bill was selected as honorable mention All-East and All-American in 1951, first team All-East in 1952 and second team All-American in 1952. He declined an invitation to play in the 1952 Blue-Gray Game after Syracuse won the Lambert Trophy and an Orange Bowl bid. Bill was drafted by the New York Giants and later traded to the Green Bay Packers.

Bill served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1951 to 1981, moving up through the ranks from private to Lieutenant Colonel. He successfully completed the US Army Adjutant Generals Officer Advanced Course (1969), Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1975) and The Command and General Staff College (1977). Bill served on active duty at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in the Administration Records and on the faculty for the Adjutant General School. Retiring in 1981 after 30 years, he became a member of the Reserve Officers Association, U.S. Military Retirees Association and American Legion.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in Colonel Skye's obituary, available for viewing online by clicking here.

Please stand with me to honor his service to his country, at his final farewell.

Primary Staging Date and Staging Time:

08/26/2022 at 04:00pm

Staging Location:

Pompey Community Church
2555 Berwyn Rd. (corner of RT 20)
Lafayette, NY  13084

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Lead Ride Captain and Contact Info:

Bruce R Dauer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

Updated 8 March 2022

Based on the most current COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines: NYS Guidelines of 2 March 2022, and CDC Guidelines of 3 March 2022, going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please ensure that you have a mask with you, should the need arise, and respect the LRC’s decision in these matters.

Special Information:

We will stage no later than 4:00 p.m. sharp. We will stand a flag line as the family and friends exit the church and provide an escort to the nearby cemetery. We will stand for military honors at the cemetery. The current forecast is rain.  We will attend whether on bikes or in cars.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?


Submitted by:

Bruce R Dauer

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