Orville ‘Jack’ Dobkins


Orville “Jack” Dobkins, 67, of Somerset, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

He was born March 23, 1947, to the late Josh and Mary (Adams) Dobkins.

Besides his parents, Mr. Dobkins was preceded in death by a host of brothers and sisters and one son, Josh Alan Dobkins.

He is survived by his partner of 18 years, Kathy Griffis; one daughter, Stacy Skillman (Bill) of Greenwood; one brother, John Randall of Somerset; and one sister, Marlene (Randall) Phelps of Cincinnati.

“My father was indeed a ‘Jack’ of many trades. While he excelled at most of these, he mastered the greatest one. … Through all of life’s journey, his deepest desire was to be a ‘good’ man. He was a man of great wit and wisdom, peace and patience, compassion and kindness. If you knew my father, you were blessed by him. If you were loved by him, you experienced the purest expression of ‘unconditional love.’ My father wasn’t just a ‘good’ man, … he was and is the best man I have ever known.” — Stacy Skillman.

A celebration of life will be at noon today at the Chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory, 113 N. Main St. Pastor Steve Schellin will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231; or Senior Friends @ Lake Cumberland Hospital, 305 Langdon St., Somerset, KY 42503.

You may leave condolences for the family and sign the online register book at www.somersetundertaking.com.

Somerset Undertaking Co. and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.