Anthony “Skip” J. Pannell Jr. of Kennett Square

Anthony “Skip” J. Pannell Jr., 76, of Kennett Square, died Sunday, Dec. 11, at his home in Kennett Square.

Anthony “Skip” J. Pannell Jr.

Anthony “Skip” J. Pannell Jr.

Born in West Grove, he was a son of the late Anthony J. and the late Millie (Ruggieri) Pannell Sr.

He graduated from Kennett High School in 1958.

Skip worked in the mushroom industry his entire life working with his father and brother and for the past 20 years with his son as co-owner of Hillcrest Farms in Toughkenamon. He was past president of the American Mushroom Institute.

He enjoyed skiing, swimming and driving his corvette.  He was a private pilot and Black Belt in Karate. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Anthony Pannell III (Kim) of Kennett; two daughters, Robyn Welsh (Scottie) of West Grove and Anita Snow (John) of Kennett; one brother, Tommy Pannell (Mary) of Avondale; two sisters, Dorothy Mehl of Avondale and Sally Stier (Kenny) of Landenberg; fourteen grandchildren, Andria, Joey, Jackie, Sean, Nicci, Johnny, Dallas, Kati, Jake, Michayla, Cheyenne, Colton, Rebecca and Caileen and three great-grandchildren, Logan, Emmi and Elaina.

You are invited to visit with Anthony’s family and friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. A service celebrating his life will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held privately.  Contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Rd. Wilmington, DE 19803. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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