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Leon R. Skinner, 84, Trafalgar

Leon R. Skinner, 84, Trafalgar, passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, 2013 at Franklin United Methodist Community.

Leon was born in Morgantown March 25, 1929, to the late Ralph R. and Mona O. (McCoy) Skinner. He was a 1947 graduate of Morgantown High School where he played basketball and was proud to be on the winning team of the 1947 Tri-County Championship Tournament game. Leon went on to marry his sweetheart, Antha Mayon (Milton) Skinner Oct. 19, 1949 in Green River, Wyo. She preceded him in death March 16, 2007, after 57 devoted years of marriage.

Leon retired in 1990 from Local 103 operating engineers union in Indianapolis, working mainly for Tousley-Bixler Construction Company as a heavy equipment operator from 1956 to 1985.  Prior to that, he worked as a store clerk for Hickman Regal store in Morgantown for six years. He was a 60-year member of Morgantown Baptist Church where he was very active through the years. He was a former Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, past deacon and monitor of the business meetings. Leon enjoyed flying model airplanes, playing golf with his friends and was known as a “pool shark”. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, going to breakfast with his younger brother, eating biscuits and gravy, visiting with his friends at local restaurants or pitching horseshoes with them at Johnson County Park.

Leon will be greatly missed by his children, Dewayne (Debbie) R. Skinner of Fair Play, Mo., Dana (Carol) K. Skinner of Whiteland and Carla A. (Machael) Popplewell of Trafalgar. He will be remembered by his brother, Dean Skinner of Nineveh; eight grandchildren, Leon T. Skinner of Greenwood, Matthew S. Skinner of Newton, Kan., Carmen O. Headrick of Whiteland, Kirk Dean Skinner of Newton, Kan., Clinton Skinner Popplewell of Trafalgar, Cari A. Skinner Dimercurio of Wichita, Kan., Breanne L. Crawford of New Whiteland and Leah Hendricks of Bloomington; and ten great-grandchildren, Anthony Popplewell, Dawson Headrick, Ethan Crawford, Jaye Skinner, Dylan Headrick, Alex Skinner, Charlie Jo Skinner, Bryson Headrick, Tyler Crawford and Rocco Dimercurio.          

He was preceded in death by a son, Bert Preston Skinner; siblings, Doris Hickman and Kirk Skinner. 

The Rev. Lee Snider will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Leon to the American Diabetes Association, 6415 Castleway West Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN. 46250 or to Morgantown Baptist Church “Shelter House Fund”, 109 E. Elm St., Morgantown, IN. 46160. 

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Skinner family at meredith-clark.com

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  • January 30
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 30
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • January 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • January 31
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • January 31
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 31
    'Psycho' party at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 1
    'Wild' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • February 2
    Gnaw Bone Sewage District
    5:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 3
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • February 3
    Bean Blossom Regional Sewer Board
    7:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 3
    Women's Bible study offered
    1 to 3 p.m. Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St.
  • February 4
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District annual meeting
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7616 E. State Road 45, Unionville
  • February 4
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • February 4
    Van Buren Township Advisory Board
    7 p.m. Van Buren trustee's office, 4748 Christianburg Road
  • February 4
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • February 5
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 5
    Jackson Township Board
    6 p.m. Jackson Fire Station, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • February 6
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • February 7
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 7
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • February 7
    Karaoke at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • February 7
    Cabin Fever Concert features local music
    7 to midnight The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Washington Township Trustees
    7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 9
    Reservation deadline for Valentine's tea at local shop
    Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 10
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • February 10
    Van Buren Fire Department
    6 p.m. Van Buren Fire Station, 4040 State Road 135 South
  • February 10
    Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society meeting set
    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • February 10
    BC Genealogical Society meeting slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • February 11
    East Hill Cemetery meeting slated
    7 p.m. Morgantown Community Center, 269 W. Washington St.
  • February 12
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • February 13
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • February 13
    Daddy-daughter Valentine's dance Friday the 13th
    6:30 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • February 14
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • February 17
    Hamblen Trustee Board annual review
    6:30 p.m. 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road
  • February 19
    Woodlands project dinner, meeting slated
    6 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • February 20
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • March 7
    Meet 'Wilderness Plots' author at the library
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • March 8
    'Wilderness Plots'-themed concert planned
    4 p.m. BCHS, 235 School House Lane
  • March 8
    Brown County bridal tour slated
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. various locations
  • March 10
    Soil & water conservation district to celebrate 62 years
    6 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould
  • March 21
    Venders needed for Jackson TFD yard sale
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road
  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
    2 p.m. Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould