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Woman's home burglarized during husband's funeral

The Skeeses on their wedding day. (Source: Normaline Skees) The Skeeses on their wedding day. (Source: Normaline Skees)
Normaline and Lanny Skees (Source: Normaline Skees) Normaline and Lanny Skees (Source: Normaline Skees)

SONORA, KY (WAVE) – While a Hardin County woman attended her husband's funeral, thieves broke into their home.

Investigators believe burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of prized possessions, but to the widow, they took much more than that.

Normaline Skees says she met her husband, Robert "Lanny" Skees, a little later in life.

"Neither one of us had been married, so we really felt like that God put us together. We just told each other that we were each other's soul mate," said Skees. 

In June, the couple would have celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Lanny was diagnosed with leukemia last October, and slowly he started losing his fight.
 
"He constantly thought of me always. He even told me that he was worried about leaving me," said Skees.

On March 21, Normaline had to bury her husband only to come home to find another nightmare. "Nobody can replace him to me, and then to come home and then be afraid in your own home, you know, I feel like I have nothing," said Skees. 

Kentucky State Police believe thieves forced their way into the Skees' Sonora home on Nolin Road. They rummaged through nearly every room in the house, getting away with several thousand dollars worth of jewelry, guns, bi-fold knives, more than 30 pocket watches and numerous coins. 

"I cannot even describe in words what it felt like to have all that stuff that he had spent his entire life collecting gone in such a short time," said Skees. 

The burglars were not interested in any of the electronics. Normaline can't help but think they had to know where she was at when they broke in. "I'm sure it was somebody that knew what was going on," said Skees. And of it all, it's something simple she misses the most.

"If I could get anything back, I would like to have my husband's billfold because it had his picture in it and things that meant something to him," said Skees. 

Police say the burglars also got away with several prescription medications. 
     
The family of Lanny Skees is offering an $1,000 reward for tips leading to a conviction or the recovery of the stolen items. If you have any information about this crime, call Hardin County Crimestoppers at 1-800-597-8123.

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