Jack D. Skinner, 74, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Oct. 31, 2010 at his home.
He was born Feb. 12, 1936, in Buchanan, a son of the late Ralph and Catherine (Watry) Skinner.
Jack had resided in Sturgis most of his life. On Sept. 22, 1956, he married Carola Glasgow at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis.
For 40 years, Jack was employed by the city of Sturgis with the Electric Department as a tree trimmer, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the National Rifle Association. Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a talented woodworker. What he loved most was time spent with his family.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 54 years, Carola; one son, John Skinner of Sturgis; one daughter, Jennifer (Mark) Hendricks of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Heather Providakes, Nathaniel Skinner, Cassandra Hendricks and Caleb Hendricks; two great granddaughters, McKenna and Sophia Providakes; two sisters, Nancy McDougall of Saline and Peggy Skinner of Wyoming; a brother, Kenneth Skinner of Arizona; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Skinner; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Jack, Robert and Michael Skinner; two brothers, Richard and Russell Skinner; and two sisters, Linda Potchebski and Shirley Skinner.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Jack Skinner will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. James Bender will officiate.
A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Skinner’s memory consider the First Baptist Church, 28090 Fawn River Road, Sturgis.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.