Richard Clayton “Dick” Skinner, age 83, of Miltona, died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at St. William’s Living Center in Parkers Prairie, following a year-long battle with multiple myeloma.
He was born July 9, 1928, in St. Louis Park, to Floyd and Jane (Hoff) Skinner. His family moved to Evansville, where he lived until the seventh grade, and then moved to Dassel.
Dick graduated from Dassel High School in 1948.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War, from 1951-1953, receiving two battle stars for his service.
Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Dassel. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis from 1955 to 1957, graduating with a degree in sheet metal/air conditioning.
Dick was united in marriage to Shirley Ottoson Oct. 8, 1955, in Minneapolis. Following their marriage, Dick worked as a sheet metal mechanic in Salt Lake City, UT.
The family returned to the Twin Cities, where he worked for Northwest and Western airlines, retiring from Western Airlines in 1983.
Dick also drove school bus for 17 years, and worked for the City of Minneapolis as a custodial building engineer from 1983 until 1992.
Dick and Shirley bought a cabin on Lake Irene, near Miltona, in 1968, where they spent summers. They moved to their lake home to live full time in the fall of 2001.
Shirley died in February of 2002. Dick continued living on Lake Irene until Easter of 2012.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, the Miltona VFW, Parkers Prairie American Legion, and the Minneapolis Eagles Club Post 34.
Dick’s hobbies included fishing, traveling, sports of all types, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by a daughter, Marcia Bohn of Lakeville; two sons, Reid (Sonya) Skinner of Alexandria, and Randy (Emily Simonson) Skinner of Parkers Prairie; a brother, Dale (Randy Grabowski) Skinner of San Diego, CA; sisters ViAnn (John) Fort of Chisago City, and Mercedes Wiedmann of Hallock; a brother-in-law, Carl Fratzke of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Delores Fratzke.
A memorial service took place Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Miltona, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Jonathan Sorum officiated, and music was provided by organist Kevin Lee, and vocalist Dedra Zwieg. There was private family burial at Spruce Hill Cemetery, Spruce Hill Township.
The Miltona VFW and the Parkers Prairie American Legion were honorary pallbearers.