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 www.lewisandglenn.com.