MORTON, Ill. – Dr. Glenn S. Skinner Jr., 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Reflections Memory Care Facility, Morton. He was a retired family physician with previous practices in Paris; Lompoc, Calif.; Yuma, Ariz.; and Sunnyside, Wash.
A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Advent Lutheran Church, and a rocket launch immediately follows the service. Visitations are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Reflections Memory Care and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church
Dr. Skinner was born June 8, 1934, at New Castle, Del., the son of the late Drs. Glenn and Pauline Kimball Skinner.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara E. Skinner of Morton; his children, Maj. (Ret.) Sam (Lisa) Skinner of San Marcos, Calif., Catherine Erika (Brian) Gordon of Morton and Robert (Jo) Skinner of Pittsboro, Ind.; and seven grandchildren, Topher (fiancée, Jacqui Gordon) Skinner of Los Angeles, Calif., Xander Skinner of Davis, Calif., Zachary Skinner of San Marcos, Calif., Erika Gordon of Milwaukee, Wis., Aspen Gordon of Tampa, Fla., and Andrew and Nathan Skinner of Pittsboro, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Charles Skinner and half-sister Marcelle Baker.
He was a member of the Lutheran Church throughout his lifetime and served as the Church Council President for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sunnyside, Wash., where he had been a member for 29 years before moving to Morton in 2017 to be closer to family.
Dr. Skinner was also an Eagle Scout, a Sea Scout, past president and vice president of Kiwanis Club in both Paris and Sunnyside. He loved soccer as a player, coach and referee in Lompoc, Calif., Yuma, Ariz., and Paris. He built the fields and goal posts at the American Legion in Paris. He was a member of YMCA and AYSO soccer programs.
Dr. Skinner was a lifelong Ham Radio operator as an avid Grid Square Hunter and Moon Bouncer. He also enjoyed DIY woodworking projects. He loved sailing while living in Delaware and California.
After retiring from his medical practice in 1999, he spent much of his time as the church handyman and enjoyed preparing the coffee, scones and muffins for coffee hour as well as running the dishwasher after church events. He also enjoyed teaching rocketry to elementary school children as part of his Kiwanis Club activities.
Memorial donations may be made to any of the following: Advent Lutheran Church, Morton, Ill.; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sunnyside, Wash.; the Alzheimer’s Association; or American Cancer Society.
The family thanks the staffs at Brandonwood Retirement Center, Reflections Memory Care and Transitions Hospice for their kind, professional and compassionate care.