Richard Skidmore, 67, of Franklin Center, PA, went to be with his Lord on January 12th, 2021, after a long battle with a chronic illness. Born in Fairview, PA to the late Doy and Louisa Skidmore, Richard was raised to love God’s creation and to enjoy great humor. Richard spent the majority of his career working in sales at Airgas welding supply. At the onset of his sickness, he was a traveling sales rep who truly enjoyed the social interaction with customers and coworkers. Richard loved working the family farm with his father. He enjoyed hunting in Brookville with Marji’s extended family, and he loved to hunt the Colorado Rockies while visiting his family there.
Richard’s faith was extremely important to him, and he loved his church family at Fairview Bible Church. It seemed providential that his favorite hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross”, was playing on the radio as he passed away. His favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, gave him great hope in these last days.
A gentle man with a big grin, Richard will be missed by many, but we praise God that his long battle with illness is over, and we look forward to seeing him walking tall again.
Richard is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 48 years, and the three children they raised, Tom (Krista), Jenny (Matt), and Matthew (Annie). Richard and Marj continued the tradition of his youth by raising their children with plenty of hikes, hunts, camping trips, and practical jokes, all the while pointing their children towards their Creator and our Savior Jesus Christ. Richard’s six surviving grandsons, Levi, Samuel, Josiah, and Silas Walker, and Zeke and Zander Skidmore, were all cherished. Only the oldest have knowledge of a healthy grandfather, but they will teach the others that Richard was a grandfather who could not possibly take enough horse rides, watch enough rodeos, eat enough ice cream, or join in enough hugs with his grandchildren. The only way to get a grandson back from Richard was to distract Richard with chocolate and make a stealthy move. He is also survived by his siblings, Shirley (Wes), Pam, Tina (Tori), and David (Chris), who shared in the horse rides and laughter.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, January 18th from 1-4 pm at Fairview Bible Church. A memorial service at the same location will follow at 6 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to WLD Ranch or Fairview Bible Church.