David L. Skipper Sr., 63, of 225 W. Shirley St., Apt. 4, Mount Union, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at his residence, after a recent illness.
Born April 4, 1957, in Mapleton, he was a son of the late Wilbur Eugene Skipper Sr. and Violet Virginia (Asper) Skipper. He was formerly married to Peggy McCartney, who survives in Mount Union.
He is survived by two children, Heidi Reed and husband Darren, Huntingdon and David L. Skipper, Jr. and fiancée, Deann Miller, Mount Union, five grandchildren, Lexi Skipper of Midwest City, Oklahoma, Logan Skipper, Huntingdon, Austin Snyder and wife, Chelsea Beck, Mount Union, McKenzie Bennett, Altoona, and McKayla Bennett, Huntingdon, one great-grandchild, Aiden Snyder of Mount Union, and a great-grandchild expected in 2021.
He is also survived by four siblings, Esther Brockert and her husband, Richard, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Ruth Noesner, Glenside, Herbert Skipper and wife, Tona, Mapleton, Daniel Skipper and wife, Gayle, of Prescott, Arizona, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Travis Skipper, Jan. 29, 2009; and the following siblings, Judy Skipper, Wilbur Eugene Skipper Jr., Mary Ahmed, Samuel Charles Skipper and Thelma Ashman.
Mr. Skipper was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Mount Union.
He entered the U.S. Army in August 1975 and served as an infantryman with Co. B 10th Infantry Forces Command. He was honorably discharged as a private first class in August 1979 and received the Good Conduct Medal and an Expert Badge with M16 Rifle. He subsequently served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1981.
Mr. Skipper was a longtime former member of the Jacks Mountain Pool League and a former member of the Sons of Italy, Mount Union.
He attended Mount Union public schools and was a 1975 graduate of Captain Jack High School.
Mr. Skipper was the owner of Skipper’s Firewood in the 1980s and subsequently owned Skipper’s Masonry for many years, serving the greater Huntingdon area.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping, cutting firewood, going to dirt track and drag races and helping the Taylor Racing crew. Above all, Mr. Skipper loved spending time with his family.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Jerry Wise officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of David L. Skipper Sr. may be made to the John B. Brown Funeral Home, P.O. Box 242, Huntingdon, PA 16652, to assist with final expenses.
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