John M. Skiles was born of February 26, 1938 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His childhood was spent in Taneytown, Maryland. John was a graduate of the class of 1956 from Taneytown High School. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park.
He served in the United States Army, The Maryland National Guard and the U.S Army Reserves. John then attended McAllister Institute of Embalming in New York City, graduating in 1961. He became a licensed mortician in the state of Maryland in 1962. He worked for his grandfather Merwyn C. Fuss at Fuss Funeral Home from 1962 until 1971. Together with his father John H. Skiles they individually owned and operated the Skiles Funeral Home in Taneytown from 1971-2007 and the Emmitsburg Funeral Home from 1977-2007. He sold the business to Justin R. Durboraw in September of 2007.
In 1999, John married Linda Wolfe Repp, together they have five children and eight grandchildren. John and Linda reside in the village at Homewood at Plum Creek near Hanover, PA.
John is a member of the Hesson-Snider Post #120 of American Legion, Taneytown and of the Train Collectors of America.
In addition to spending time with his wife and family, he enjoys golfing, reading, classical music and live theatre.