Mr. Robert Skinner, 1922-2015
Robert Alister Skinner
After having lived a full and happy life, Robert Alister Skinner passed away Saturday, Oct. 3 in Kerrville. Services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels.
Bob and his twin brother Jim were born in Prince George, British Columbia on Sept. 15, 1922. (Bob was delivered first, making him the older brother and therefore “in charge.”) Shortly thereafter the family relocated to San Francisco in an old and unreliable Ford, seeking better income opportunities and a chance to warm up. Both benefits were granted, and Bob contentedly grew into adulthood playing on neighborhood streets and eventually attending Balboa High School. Throughout life his memories of those carefree days were among his favorites, and he kept in touch with high school friends. He joined the “High Y” boy’s youth group and served as Student Association President in his senior year in 1940. He and his close friend Billy Steenberg proposed the establishment of a Balboa Alumni Scholarship Award Fund, which continues to function today.
Shortly after graduation he joined the Coast Guard, serving on the Owasco during World War II. During his service he was asked to check in on a friend’s sweetheart in Long Beach, Calif. Bob married that sweetheart, June Cardell, himself in 1945 and their marriage lasted 52 happy years. After June’s death in 1998, he married Jacquelyn Foster. They lived in Fullerton, Calif. until 2008, then moved to Tierra Linda Ranch in Kerrville.
Bob loved his country life with Jackie in Texas. They made many friends and despite his 86 years of age, he served the ranch in a remarkable number of capacities.
Bob’s successful career in the life insurance business earned him numerous awards and lifelong friendships with many of his clients. He never completely retired, continuing to work with them until his death.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jackie; his son, Robert Skinner and wife Sharon; and his daughter, Leslie and partner Michael Donaher.
Memorials may be made to Tierra Linda Volunteer Fire Department, Peterson Hospice, 1121 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028; or to St. Jude Medical Center, 1440 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 200, Fullerton, CA 92835..
Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville