May 9, 1924- December 13, 2012
Renefred “Ren” John Skinner, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle passed away peacefully on December 13, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, IA at the age of 88. A memorial service was held at 2 pm Monday, December 17, 2012 at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry. Pastor Charlene Wolfe officiated with Kathy Wade as musicians. Special musical selections included; Amazing Grace and Be Not Afraid. Honorary Pallbearers were: Trent Andrews, Tony Andrews, Jay Fields, Cale Banning, Trevis Manning and Mike Danilson. Burial will be in Woodward Cemetery at a later date.
Ren, as he was known, was born May 9, 1924 the son of William and Elizabeth (Spraker) Skinner in Perry, IA. One of nine children, he grew up working hard and playing hard. Ren graduated from Perry High School in 1942 and on May 6, 1946 he entered the United States Army. Ren was sent overseas to Yakota Japan where he was an Airplane and Engine Mech 747. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Private First Class Skinner was honorable discharge on October 6, 1947. After returning home, Ren married a farm girl from Woodward. The marriage was blessed with two daughters, Nancy and Debra. The young family spent any summers going on road trips all over the country. Christmases were spent not with big expensive gifts, but with plenty of dime store treasures and plenty of fun to go around.
Ren spent much of his adult life in service to his hometown of Woodward; first as a clerk at the Post Office for 25 years and then as mayor from 1986 to 1992. He was never one to sit for long; he worked several part-time jobs throughout his “retirement”. He was also a devoted follower of the Woodward-Granger Hawks sports teams. Seldom did he miss the chance to watch his grandchildren perform.
The love of family was central to Ren’s life. One of the few things Ren ever asked for was to have his family together. Be it for a simple Sunday dinner, birthday or major holiday, together was where he wanted his family. Some of his favorite times were his many trips to Augusta, GA to the Masters Golf Tournament and even better was when his grandsons could travel with him.
Left to keep his memory and spirit alive are his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Skinner. Five grandchildren: Nicole (Bill) Howard of Granger, IA; Cyndi Erwin of Grimes, IA; Melissa (Sean) Pelletier of Urbandale, IA; Joseph (TeRay) Carroll of Waukee and Ryan (Meighan) Carroll of Urbandale, IA. Nine great grandchildren, two son-in-laws; Danny Erwin of Gimes, IA and Thomas Carroll of Woodward, IA. His sister Donna (Mahlon) Conaway of Perry, IA and his brother Richard (Virginia) Skinner of Rocklin, CA. He iwll be remembered by his many neices, nephews and family freinds for his obsessive teasing and kidding. He liked having fun with them all.
Ren is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, 4 sisters and his daughters; Nancy Erwin and Debra Carroll.
A memorial has been established in his name and may be given to the ALS Association of Kenny Brook Village in Grimes and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home.Information provided by: Murdock Funeral Home
1420 Warford Street
Perry, IA 50220