Dr. Glenn S. Skinner Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at Reflections Memory Care Facility in Morton IL.
Dr. Skinner was born on June 8, 1934 in New Castle, DE to Drs Glenn and Pauline (Kimball) Skinner. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara E. Skinner of Morton; his children: MAJ(R) Sam (Lisa) Skinner of San Marcos, CA: Catherine Erika (Brian) Gordon of Morton, IL and Robert (Jo) Skinner of Pittsboro, IN; and 7 grandchildren: Topher (Fiancée, Jacqui Gordon) Skinner of Los Angeles, CA; Xander Skinner of Davis, CA; Zachary Skinner of San Marcos, CA; Erika Gordon of Milwaukee, WI; Aspen Gordon of Tampa, FL and Andrew and Nathan Skinner of Pittsboro, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dr. Charles Skinner and half-sister Marcelle Baker.
Dr. Skinner was a retired family physician with previous practices in Lompoc, CA; Yuma, AZ; Paris, IL; and Sunnyside, WA. 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, WA where he had been a member for 29 years before moving to Morton, IL 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, IL and Sunnyside, WA. He loved Soccer as a player, coach, and referee in Lompoc, CA, Yuma, AZ, and Paris, IL. He built the fields and goal posts at the American Legion, Paris, IL. He was a member of YMCA and AYSO soccer programs. Dr. Skinner was a life-long Ham Radio operator as an avid Grid Square Hunter and Moon Bouncer. He also enjoyed DIY woodworking projects. He loved sailing while living in DE and CA.
Dr. Skinner retired from his medical practice in 1999 and 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.
Visitations will be from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on Friday, November 15th at Reflections Memory Care and from 4:30 – 6 pm at Advent Lutheran Church in Morton, IL. A memorial Service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, November 16th at Advent Lutheran Church; a rocket launch will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to any of the following: Advent Lutheran Church (Morton, IL); Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Sunnyside, WA), the Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.
The family would like to thank the staffs at Brandonwood Retirement Center and Reflections Memory Care both of Morton, the overnight nursing students we hired, and Transitions Hospice of Peoria for their kind, professional and compassionate care.
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