Anders Svendsen Skeie was better known as Andrew.
Funeral Service for Andrew Svendsen Skeie, 58, of 44 Massasoit Avenue were held Monday afternoon at the First Congregational Church. Masonic ritual services were conducted at the Fairhaven funeral home Sunday evening by George H. Taber Lodge, A.F. & A.M., of which he was a member.
Mr. Skeie was lost overboard from the dragger Poseidon, on which he served as cook, the morning of August 16. His body was found washed ashore on Martha's Vineyard the evening of August 21. Identification was made by Patrolman George Hadfield of this town, a friend of Mr. Skeie. Dr. Joseph Frisch, Dukes County medical examiner, said death was due to accidental drowning.
Born in Haugesund, Norway, Mr. Skeie came to this country about 35 years ago and was employed by Standard Oil Co.of New Jersey in the New York area for a number of years before coming to Fairahven about 25 years ago. He was employed aboard fishing vessels out of this port for many years. He was a member of the Fairhaven Royal Arch Society.
Survivors include his widow Mrs. Ragnhild (Matland) Skeie; a son, Andrew Skeie of this town; a daughter, Miss Carolyn Skeie, also of Fairhaven, and a brother and sister in Norway.
Anders Svendsen Skeie, usually known as Andrew, was lost at sea off Gay Head in August 1963, between 4 and 5 a.m. A search by the crew and a Coast Guard plane and patrol boats failed to find Mr. Skeie, who was believed to have fallen overboard.