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OBITUARY - RALPH P. SKINNER

Ralph P. SKINNER, age 85, of Blockton, Iowa, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri.

Ralph was born October 29, 1915, in Kellerton, Iowa, the son of Fred SKINNER and Frances Elizabeth GRAY SKINNER. He grew up in the Kellerton, Mount Ayr and Shannon City, Iowa areas graduating form the Mount Ayr school in 1936. On November 28, 1937 he was united in marriage to Jean DAVIS. In 1963 he graduated from Northwest Missouri State University.

Ralph always thought education was very important and was a schoolteacher, teaching math, English, history and physical education most of his life. He taught for 10 years for the Ringgold rural schools, 12 years for the Blockton community schools and 20 years for the Bedford Community schools.

Along with teaching, Ralph coached for over 50 years. He coached high school basketball, baseball and softball along with junior high football, baseball, girl's basketball, softball and track. Ralph officiated several years for high school football, basketball and baseball. Not only was Ralph an excellent teacher and coach, he also played town team basketball until he was 45 years old.

Ralph also drove a school bus for over 30 years. He was a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing when time allowed. He was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.

Ralph is survived by two children, Mary Jo HUGHES and husband Glenn of Grant City, Missouri, and Fred SKINNER and wife Virginia of Blockton; a step-son, Bennie Lee DAVIS and wife Rita of Brunswick, Georgia; eight grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a specil friend, Lyla ENABNIT.

Preceding Ralph in death were his wife Jean in 1982; his parents, Fred and Elizabeth; a brother Cloyd SKINNER; two sisters, Frances SKINNER and Ruth VANDERFLUGHT; and a great-granddaughter Etta Jo.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the Blockton Christian church with Pastors Scott MARCUM and Bill Farrens officiating.

Interment was held in the Rose Hill Cemtery, Blockton. Memorials can be given in his name. Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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