Jack Louis Skinner, 91, of Pleasant Valley, passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 31, 2017) at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg.
He was born July 31, 1926, in Fairmont, son of the late Orbey and Hazel Evans Skinner.
Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 16 years old and volunteered for the Armed Guards, which are Navy personnel who served as gun crews on merchant ships. After boot camp at Camp Moffet in Great Lakes, Illinois, he served in the Atlantic, European and Mediterranean Theater. Jack moved to Miami and went to deep sea diver's training and worked as a deep-sea diver.
Jack attended Fairmont State University for three years and was the owner and operator of Wilburt Vault Co., McCoy Loan and Fifth Street Texaco. He helped set the DEW line in Atlantic and owned and operated three fast-food restaurants. He returned to the Gulf of Mexico before moving back to Fairmont in 2005.
While in Fairmont, he belonged to Fourth Street United Methodist Church and the Lions Club. He was a very active coach in Little League - the other love of his life. He was united in marriage in 1979 to the true love of his life, Audrey Miller Duskey Skinner.
In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by a stepson, Dana Duskey and wife Missy of Fairmont; two step-granddaughters, Mercedes and Tiffany Duskey; four step-great-grandchildren; his children, George and wife Trisha, Thomas and Debbie Skinner, all of Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his canine baby girl, Leggie.
The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kingmont United Methodist Church with Pastor Claude Kinty officiating. The Marion County Veterans Counsel will conduct full military honors. Burial will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on November 3, 2017