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Leon R. Skinner

Leon R. Skinner, 84, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Franklin United Methodist Community. He was a resident of Trafalgar.

Leon was born in Morgantown on March 25, 1929, to the late Ralph R. and Mona O. (McCoy) Skinner. He was a 1947 graduate of Morgantown High School, where he played basketball and was proud to be on the winning team of the 1947 Tri-County Championship Tournament game.

Leon went on to marry his sweetheart, Antha Mayon (Milton) Skinner, on Oct. 19, 1949, in Green River, Wyo. She preceded him in death on March 16, 2007, after 57 devoted years of marriage.

Leon retired in 1990 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 103 in Indianapolis, working mainly for Tousley-Bixler Construction Co. as a heavy equipment operator from 1956 to 1985. Prior to that, he worked as a store clerk for the Hickman Regal Store in Morgantown for six years.

He was a 60-year member of Morgantown Baptist Church, where he was very active through the years. He was a former Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, past deacon and the monitor of the business meetings.

Leon enjoyed flying model airplanes and playing golf with his friends and was known as a pool shark.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family, going to breakfast for biscuits and gravy with his younger brother, and visiting with his friends at local restaurants or pitching horseshoes with them at Johnson County Park.

Leon will be greatly missed by his children, Dewayne (Debbie) R. Skinner of Fair Play, Mo., Dana (Carol) K. Skinner of Whiteland, and Carla A. and Machael Popplewell of Trafalgar. He will be remembered by his brother, Dean Skinner of Nineveh; eight grandchildren, Leon T. Skinner of Greenwood, Matthew S. Skinner of Newton, Kan., Carmen O. Headrick of Whiteland, Kirk Dean Skinner of Newton, Kan., Clinton Skinner Popplewell of Trafalgar, Cari A. Skinner Dimercurio of Wichita, Kan., Breanne L. Crawford of New Whiteland and Leah Hendricks of Bloomington; and 10 great-grandchildren, Anthony Popplewell, Dawson Headrick, Ethan Crawford, Jaye Skinner, Dylan Headrick, Alex Skinner, Charlie Jo Skinner, Bryson Headrick, Tyler Crawford and Rocco Dimercurio.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bert Preston Skinner; and two siblings, Doris Hickman and Kirk Skinner.

The Rev. Lee Snider will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home, Cremation and Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Leon to the American Diabetes Association, 6415 Castleway West Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250; or the Morgantown Baptist Church Shelter House Fund, 109 E. Elm St. Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be made to the Skinner family at www.meredith-clark.com.

Information: 812-597-4670

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