John F. Skinner

Born: Wed., Jun. 13, 1945
Died: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Location: First Presbyterian Church

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John F. Skinner was reunited with his son Johnathan in Heaven on December 19, 2017.     He was born to Loren and Marjorie Skinner on June 13, 1945 in Ashland, Kentucky. His father was a chemical engineer whose job required frequent travel so John had an opportunity to experience many different countries and cultures.

He graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa, OK and attended Oklahoma University in Norman, OK until he enlisted in the military and served in the Army in Vietnam. After an injury during a mission, he was sent back to the Ft. Lewis, Washington state to recover and served as a military policeman while he was there. Once his military career was completed, he moved back to Oklahoma to complete his college education at East Central University where he met and married his beloved wife Rhonda.

After graduation, they moved to Tulsa and he worked for Atlantic Richfield. In 1983 they were blessed with the birth of their son, Johnathan who was the joy of their lives. In 1986 they moved to Salida, CO to be close to John’s elderly parents and while there was a co- owner of H & P Trash.

John was an active member of Presbyterian Church and sang in their choir. He volunteered at the Salida museum and as a DJ at KHEN with Bob Campbell on Sunday night radio show. He belonged to the “You Got Mail” singing group and was a member and officer in the Lions Club. John was a talented musician, poet and song writer who entertained friends with marvelous stories and poems. He will be sorely missed by his family and all his friends in Salida and elsewhere.

He was preceded in death by his parents Marjorie and Loren, his son Johnathan and sister in law Barrie and is survived by his wife Rhonda, his brother Court, sister Tish and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presbyterian Church in Salida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or the Salida Museum.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:00 AM Saturday January 13, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Salida.

Arrangements were with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Brandon Prewitt
   Posted Thu December 28, 2017
I was fortunate to get to know Mr. Skinner throughout elementary and high school. During this time, growing up with their son, I got to know him. He was a very kind man. My deepest condolence goes to Mrs. Skinner, a wonderful mother and wife.

Chris Cowherd
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
John was larger than life as a choir member at 1st Pres; he always kept us laughing! Remembering his poetry and guitar songs as well as his signature plaid pants at holiday time each year. Sincerest condolences to you, Rhonda. He and Jonathon must be having quite a reunion.

suzanne dennis
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
I had the privilege of working with John for several years and came to know him as the gentle man, who loved his family and especially his son. He wrote beautiful poems and shared them with us in the office. He didn't know a stranger and if he forgot who you were he would still stop and share kind words. He never forgot a face he knew. He will be missed by all of us in the community. My prayers are with his wife and family.

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