In Loving Memory Of...
William Skipp, 88, of Findlay, passed away on April 24, 2014 in Findlay, Ohio after a lengthy illness. He was born on February 18, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio, the eldest child of William M. Skipp, MD, and Florence Lusk Skipp, RN.
Bill served the U.S. Army, and the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service in Italy. On the special day of September 10, 1949, Bill married Mary Jane Sowards at the First Presbyterian Church in Findlay, Ohio. Shortly after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1951, Bill and Mary moved to Casper, Wyoming to begin a 34 year career as a geologist (domestic and international) with The Ohio Oil Company (now Marathon Oil). After retiring in 1985, Bill continued public service, first with Hancock County, Ohio and eventually as city Councilman of Findlay, Ohio from 1990 to 1996.
He is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws George and Florence Sowards. He is survived by his sister Peggy Kosyck of Poland, Ohio. He is also survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Jane; his son Steve Skipp, wife Dawn, and their son Paul, all of Denver, Colorado; his son George Skipp, and wife Rebecca of Lakewood, Colorado; his son, Chris Skipp, wife, Stacy, their son Grant, and Baby Girl Skipp due this May, all of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and daughters Danielle Skipp and Jaime Skipp both of Stockton, California; daughter Sue Skipp Parker, husband Tom, of Austin, Texas, and their son William Parker, wife Sara, and their son Thomas and daughter Abigail, of Huntsville, Alabama, and their son Daniel Parker, from Austin, Texas.
As is true with every petroleum geologist, he was ever optimistic. Although he battled many serious illnesses in his later years, he a dry sense of humor and fighting spirit until the end. Bill’s life can be best explained by his own words, “Mary, this is what I’d like to say, no big deal, and very low key. I am proud of marrying you, our kids and my service, forget the rest.”
The family wished to express its thanks to the phenomenal caregivers at Birchaven Village, Warren Kahn and the folks at Fifth Third Bank, and family attorney, Dennis Fitzgerald, for their care in handling all his affairs through the years and providing comfort and dignity until his death. The family asks that any donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or other charities that provide support for the families of the men and women of our Armed Forces.