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July 21, 2014
Last night I felt the loss of you...and I cried. I know you would tell me to shape up and not be sad...but you are missed...your touch...your smile...your essence.
I send you warms hug...love, Nan
July 18, 2014
On June 26, I had the wonderful opportunity to touch base with Jill. I am attaching part of the conversation we had via email and will post more about this past Bayview Daze next week.
“I know how much I miss Skip and can only image how you all feel. He left a big hole, however; he will forever be in our hearts and present in Bayview by all his good works. I took my granddaughter to “Skip's” park last weekend. I read the plaque to her and told her all about how he made this park for the community. His picture is still on my frig at the FH.” There is also a picture of Skip and Alex front and center on my desk at work that I look at many times a day. I also talk to him and if anyone would walk into my office at those times I am sure they would wonder who I was talking to and want to put me on meds since I work at a community mental health center. “What a legacy Skip has left for all of us to follow. He was a great role model. So many of his traditions are going strong, contributions to the food bank, collections for the fireworks and then there is that silly tacky apron that he always wore at the pancake breakfasts to cook sausage. Paul Stanton is now the “official sausage cooker”. Sue gave Paul Skip's apron and he broke down in tears. He is so honored and proud to wear it. Although, I don't think we will get him to wear support socks and Birkenstocks, AKA “Jesus Slippers”. Long story short, try not to stay away from Bayview. You will see so much of your dad throughout the community. As I am writing to you, my eyes fill with tears.”
Hugs to all,
Jamie
July 13, 2014
Hey Dad...............I LOVE YOU! Jill
June 20, 2014
Skipper didn't tell everyone about the name of his boat PEACEFUL WARRIOR so I thought I would pass it on. "The Peaceful Warrior" is the title of a book by Dan Millman and there is a movie by the same name available. If this is something new to you - check it out. Oh, and don't forget, there will be a test.... Peace to all.
June 18, 2014
Skip to ma lou!!! July 4th Bayview Daze is just around the corner, and I am once again reminded of you, after walking down Hudson Bay Road to ask for donations for next years fireworks, you and I were both very excited as you counted up the loot from that one street alone and you said there was over $200.00 donated. I plan to continue your tradition and every year, we will try and top the previous year. There are so many memories that you helped create for our little Bayview, You are missed by so many and those new to our community have no idea what they missed!!!! Sincerely in the love of JESUS CHRIST, Vicky Richardson, the one and only 1st ever Queen of Bayview!!!!
June 17, 2014
Daddy, the other night I went to write you a lot emote and the book was posed so for me and all of your loved ones who feel a it of comfort I be able to come here and write what's in their hearts or share a memory here's another year to share those feelings. I miss you daddy I yearn for your smile , your encouragement and your wisdom. So much of these things are forever carved in my heart you have inspired my very existence and I am forever greatful. I love you daddy, jewels
May 23, 2014
Dearest Skip:
Sue posted a picture of one of your chairs from the Peaceful Warrior, which will stay on the lake for many years. Rob Brooke gave this picture to me and of course it brought me to instant tears - thinking of you. The Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will go on as usual and I know many will be thinking of you. I think Dennis and Paul will be wearing your apron when cooking sausages, but of course they will not be wearing the socks and sandals. They do have limits :0)
This will be my last post and once again I would like to thank your family for keeping this book open for the past year. I feel it has helped many of us to heal and keep you close.
Jacquelin called last weekend wanting to come out to the lake as she was missing you so much. It didn't work out, but was glad she felt she could call. Jim, Alex and I will be here to take your family out on our boat whenever they feel the need to be close to you and where we laid you to rest.
Love and Hugs ALWAYS!
May 21, 2014
Yesterday I gave birth to our beautiful baby girl. I've had you in mind since then knowing that you were here in spirit with me. I wish she could have known you, but I will make sure she knows all about you! I miss you every day. I love you and you will always be beautiful!
May 20, 2014
Julie, Jennie, Joanna,and Jill, I just want to thank you for sharing your dad with me. I love you all and I will keep you in my prayers. I talk with him every morning as I look up at the Mtn. He has that special place in my heart.
May 15, 2014
From FACEBOOK...The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in yourself.The people that love you, simply for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of person........This is what Skip was to me...the once in a lifetime...I thank God when I remember him...He was such a gentle soul....Nan
May 14, 2014
Hubbie, Babe, I miss you so much, this past year. When the phone rings thinking its you and looking for your letters, it hasn't been easy, but look to the mountain where I had left your ashes and know that you are still with me in my heart, you have been my soulmate, my friend, my Hubbie you have touch my family. Thank you for sharing your family with me. You will always have a special place in my life and heart. My prayers are with you always. I love you and thank you for sharing your dad with me.
April 25, 2014
I would like to sincerely thank Skip's family for keeping his guest book open for the past year. It is nice to know that so many are thinking of him and his entire family, as the first year without someone you love is the most difficult. God has blessed Skip to have so many who care. Blessings to Skip's family and all his friends. We were all so fortunate to have him touch our lives.
April 24, 2014
You on the sidewalk in front of the Bayview Mercintile in your socks and Birkenstocks, me bald having just gone through Chemo wearing my plaid beret looking at the lake just appreciating life. You tod me I looked good. Lol. We miss you and those shared moments.
April 23, 2014
Dad, as a year came and went, I still could not believe you were gone. I do talk to you every day, and kind of funny getting as much in as I do! I so miss you. But I know you are always there with me. I love you - Jenny
April 22, 2014
Its so hard to believe its been a year since Ive seen you...talked to you.. You will always live in my heart..and alway remember you were loved dearly Peace, Nan
April 22, 2014
Skip to ma lou my darling. You Skip were such a big part of Bayview, you will never be forgotten, you took Stan and I on a boat ride, pointing out various things, the mountain peaks, lots of history, on our way back, you then said now comes your test, we failed miserably, you said, ok, this is the last question, if you don't get this one, I'm throwing you overboard. Guess we got it right!!! Love you Skip
April 22, 2014
Skip loved! He loved his family,a multitude of friends, the "kids" he wrote to on a regular basis, his boat,traveling,the Seahawks, the Mariners,Bayview and Lake Pend Oreille... and, yes, himself. Skip demonstrated love in action with his support for his family, friends and commmunity. I'm blessed to be part of his family and to have his example to live by.
April 21, 2014
It is hard to believe it has been one year ago today that we lost you, my friend. I think of you each and every day. By the entries in your guest book, it is evident as to how much you are missed by many and how much we love you. Thoughts, prayers and hugs to your girls and grandkids. Please help their hearts to heal.
April 13, 2014
I miss you every day of my life and I try to live my life to the fullest and always try to be the best person I can be you mean the world to me and I think about you every day! You have made me the person I am today!
April 09, 2014
Thanks for the quote, Jill. I think that is true for many of us. We fired up the boat this past weekend and took a ride over to the goat rocks. We saw 10 goats, of which, 2 were mommies with their babies. I thought of Skip immediately and remembered how he would either stop at the float house in the Peaceful Warrior or call me on the phone and tell me all about how many goats he would see. Of course then it would go into how many miles he rode on his bike for the day or week. Those memories came out my eyes as well. The week prior, specifically the day after his birthday, I had a dream about him. I awoke at 3:00 a.m. crying and telling Skip how sorry we were that we could not take him on one last boat ride. We tried to get him out last year at this time, but he was just not feeling up to it, even though we told him we could come get him at the public launch. We knew he could not walk down our dock and of course would never admit to being that weak physically. Okay - this is all I can say for now as those memories are smearing my makeup :>) Skip is probably smiling now, he didn't like makeup much and would also let me know his opinions on that issue. God bless you all and hugs.
April 08, 2014
Hey dad.....I just wanted you to know I came across the most INCREDIBLE quote (It is so me since you left)...."SOMETIMES MEMORIES SNEAK OUT OF MY EYES AND ROLL DOWN MY CHEEKS"..

I miss you daily...and love you more! Jill
April 01, 2014
Well it's been a year... Skip saved my life, inspired me to undertake the journey to prepare myself and save a few myself and shake up the status quo along the way; his love (and mine) rippling in this pond we call life. A year ago I was in Montana, now I'm in Idaho working on stirring up things myself with The Freedom Amendment; and don't think the camp Skipper loved has died. The idea and essence is alive and working its way back, but it will take more than one person to breathe life back into it. My hope in closing this Guest Book is those of us lucky enough to know Skip will turn our eyes to the future, sharing what Skip has inspired in us that will continue to change the world; his legacy to all and a testament to his living spirit - as long as the dreams live - he lives - here and now. Jesus gave one comandment: John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Keep those ripples of love going, and going, and going..... Peace to all.... I love you...
March 31, 2014
Dad, Happy Birthday. I miss you more than you will ever know, but i appreciate you listening to me on our long talks. I love you. Jenny
March 29, 2014
Whenever I drive by your house I think of you Skip. You really made a difference in the town of Bayview. I miss you too. Skip to malou my darling!!
March 27, 2014
Dearest Skip,

Just wanted you to know that I think you have been trying to communicate with me all month. I have been thinking about you a lot, especially as it gets closer to your birthday.

I saw Julie and the whole crowd at Costco earlier this month. Julie, Curtis, Katie, Colton and your great grandbabies. They all seem to be doing well. Julie has adopted Chelsea's babies and Julie thinks you would be mad at her, but I don't think you would be at all. I think you would be proud of her. It is a big undertaking, but I think you would do the same. They are so beautiful! I am so glad they are not in foster care or with a parent that is not capable of taking care of them. They are just innocent little people that need love and stability. Julie / Grandma, along with Uncle C&C and Auntie K, are giving them that and more. I know you can see them all and are probably smiling down upon them. Seeing them all was the first clue I had that you may be trying to get my attention.

I ran across a birthday card you gave me in “2K9” where you wrote “I love you my friend” and I got a bit teary - ok a lot teary. I told Sue that you had really been on my mind and she also felt you were trying to tell her something as your picture kept falling off her refrigerator. We all miss you so much and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.

I wanted to put the lyrics to a song by Carrie Underwood and when I hear it I always think of you, but it appears that we can't put copyrighted work, even with credit to the source, in the guest book. I really felt these lyrics need to be placed in your guest book and tried to submit it yesterday. The song is "See You Again". I hope all your girls realize the we will see you again and hold on to that thought and faith forever.

“I love you too, my friend.”

Hugs Always,
Jamie
March 25, 2014
Read something beautiful ..it said...I looked up at the sky this morning..it was beautiful...then I remember its because you are there.... I pray you are at peace..thanks for what happened in the car....I felt you...have a gentle day where ever you are...you are loved dearly...Nan
February 02, 2014
Dad, They did it, and I know it was just for you!! Seattle won the Superbowl! I know you know this because you were right there with them, the ultimate 12th man! I love you. Jenny
January 24, 2014
this is for Skip and for his daughters and grandchildren...I remember our visits..we only saw each other two or three times a year but we wrote every week...I loved getting your letters...you would tell me about your grandchilds basketball game...you were so proud of all of them...and I remember you talking about your daughters...he loved all of you so...you were his life...when he would call me he would go over what you had done over the weekend...boat rides ect... he loved all of you dearly...Never forget he is near you all the time...talk to him...share things with him..and feel his love....He was a wonderful man.Love, Nan
January 23, 2014
Dear Dad, I want to take a minute to do something I probably did not do enough of when you were here, Thank You. Thank you for all you taught me, all you sacrificed for me, all you showed me, places,people and things. Thank you. Rest in Peace. Jenny
January 22, 2014
Sorry about my punctuation and grammar in last note dad, I had an overwhelming moment of loss and grief. The days seem so empty without your wisdom to guide me i really miss you. I wanted to say tho habit late you sure had a solid group of friends in bay view dad and they truly held us up when we couldn't stand and for that I want to say thanks for your friends and to your friends I say Thank-you and may God bless you all missing you forever Love truly is a memory time cannot end !! Julie
January 20, 2014
Reading through the sadness of the hole you've left in our lives ,I've realized two very amazing things one,my sisters believe in eternity praise the Lord and two Seattle is going to the Super bowl!!!! Truly the twelfth man is you daddy seahawks or nothing I felt your presence and so desperately sand literally wanted to call you for your take many times .missed you on new years Christmas truth be told you being gone is making me being here very difficult and often unpleasant not seeing any light at the end of this tunnel , miss you so very much daddy wishing I could pray you back but I also believe and know you truly are in place we can only dream of and read about the seas of glass and gold missing you and waiting for my eternity with you and our Savior, Love you my most Peaceful Warrior! Julie
January 19, 2014
Well, I must say you have cause to be celebrating, your Seahawks are finally going to the SuperBowl. Not sure how you would be handling this because the crow on the plate is that you are facing Joanna's Broncos!!! Wish you were here to enjoy all of it. I miss you so very much. I love you. Jenny
January 12, 2014
There is not a day that goes by where I don't look up to the sky and say hi, there's not a day that goes by that I miss you any less..you left me to soon but taught me so much. I never forget what you always told me! But I also never forget our last words spoken. I pray to God everyday that you are happy and well and when I get sad I remeber that we never said goodbye we always said see you later. Which is what I will do one day again and only then will I get to hug my best friend! You were/ are the best grandpa and friend anyone could ask for! I Love You and miss you everyday!
January 10, 2014
Skip to maluuuu my darling, as I drove by your white house yesterday, I told you I missed you and I do!!!! Bayview is not the same without you.
January 09, 2014
Trying to understand why I feel you so close today...we must have spent this day together...you here or me in Idaho...I love you...please hug Becky for me....
December 29, 2013
Daddy...............Christmas 2013 is now in the books.....I want you to know how very much you were missed. We hung a stocking for you.,...but your absence was huge. I must say, I agree with Jenny, you had a huge birthday bash to attend and I hope it was grand....I LOVE YOU LIKE BREATH...Jill
December 26, 2013
Today is Christmas, I went to call you a zillion times...then I remembered you had a birthday party to go to that topped any celebration we would have around here. I miss you, I love you. Jenny
November 19, 2013
See previous quote. Skip, here is one for you and the girls!! Thinking of you all and remembering that it was this time last year when Skip came home from the hospital. The first holidays are always the hardest. Lost my dad just before Thanksgiving and my mom just before Christmas many years ago. It does get easier or should I say different, but it will never be the same. I know what you all are feeling and hold on to all your beautiful memories. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
November 19, 2013
"There are some who bring a light So great to the world that even after they have Gone, the light still remains."
November 16, 2013
I love you so....I miss you soo....Christmas is around the corner and there will be an empty spot here for you dad.......Boy I wish you were still here.....Jill
November 15, 2013
Veterans' Day was very hard for me as Skip so loved going to the ceremony at Ponderosa Elementary to see Alex, get his card, visit with school staff, other vets and especially the kids. Last year I taped it for him and this year could not bring myself to go without him. I talk to Skip everyday as there is a picture in front of my computer screen at work of Alex and Skip at the last Veterans' Day celebration at her school that he attended. Besides this event where Skip and I would sit together, watch the ceremony and always tear up, I so miss calling him about the football games and especially the GU men's basketball games as they have started to play. It is so not fair that he is not with us, but he would probably say, "life isn't fair". I read a great quote from Pat Summitt, the ladies basketball coach for the University of Tennessee, who is battling early-onset dementia that really hit home for me about so many situations in my life right now. It reminded me of Skip. "It is what it is, but we make it what it will be." He was a go getter and I really wish he was here to keep helping Bayview with DAC issues and keep us all on our toes. No one will ever fill his shoes and he made a difference in so many people and in so many ways. Miss you and love you, Skip and I hope wherever you are, you are "Having a Beautiful Day."
November 14, 2013
so many people who loved this amazing man that i had the honor to call daddy,as i have stumbled through these past few months without him i often wonder how i will go on without my mentor, my guide my go to guy the man i loved more than life my dad my friend MY SUPERMAN ! I thank you all who miss him to for your thoughts your hugs and your love veterans day i missed thanking you for your service to our country daddy i miss you sooo!!!! love you Julie
November 06, 2013
Yesterday Mike and I announced that we are having a baby next May! Oh how I wanted to call and tell you because you know how I've struggled! I miss you every day! I love you Skip!
November 05, 2013
Khalil Gibran teacher, author of the prophet and this poem entitled “The Beauty of Life,” published in 1971; the same year I met Skip (Gibran was big in those days). To me it characterized the man I came to know as teacher, friend, and colleague as these many years unfolded. I can't put Gibran's poem here because it is a published work, but will send it to anyone who asks.

Socrates taught by asking questions of his students, challenging them to search themselves for the knowledge and wisdom they sought from him. Mahatma Gandhi taught power without violence using the word Satyagraha: satya, meaning truth, agraha meaning insistence - insistence on truth, what he called soul force – or -- truth force. This is not about Gibran, or Socrates, or Gandhi, and I believe Skip would tell you it isn't about him either. it's about you: you – experiencing this day, you - asking your questions, you - finding your own answers, and if you don't like your answers, Skip would tell you to, ask better questions.

Skip named his boat, “Peaceful Warrior” a statement and a question, the best kind question, a paradox. Is “Peaceful Warrior” Skip's Satyagraha or a hint perhaps, to begin our questioning. What is a “Peaceful Warrior…” what does it mean? Skip would tell you to ask your questions, find your answers, yes - your own – answers; not Skip's or anyone else's. This life is short, so get busy and good luck.

Oh… and by the way… at the end of the trip… there will be a quiz… one question… and whatever your answer… you will be loved and forgiven… if by then you still believe you have anything to be forgiven for. You see - in all the years I knew Skip five words sum up everything he taught me; a single abiding all inclusive truth - you are loved and forgiven.
November 04, 2013
Sending Derby to keep you company. I miss you...i love you.
October 24, 2013
You were always here in October..Red Ribbon Week...and for the credit union meeting....
really missed you this year...I went down to the river and said some prayers for you and all your family...so i think we still got together...only in spirit this time..I miss you my friend...and always will. Nan
September 26, 2013
Love you and miss you Skip..Have a very gentle day..Love, Nan
September 03, 2013
The 1st time I met Skip, I was throwing a pinecone over the fence into the playground. Skip happened to be riding by on his bicycle and yelled at me, what are you throwing over the fence? He scared me at first, then I said, just a pinecone. He said, ok that's ok. Now every time I throw a pinecone over the fence, I say, ok, Skip this one is for YOU!!! I miss Skip!!!
September 02, 2013
We had another Bayview Pancake Breakfast today without Skip. We all miss you so much!
September 01, 2013
So they say things get easier as time passes by, I am not sure that is totally true. It seems every day brings something I want, need to share with you. I know you are listening and you are there, but I really miss you. I made it through Fathers Day, and had a birthday without you, and now its football season, I can hear you gloating about the SeaChickens being unbeaten in the preseason! Your dollar is on the table, just come by and pick it up! I really miss you. I love you-J
July 29, 2013
In your memory
July 25, 2013
I was researching the old CAD from MT and thought to Google Skip. I'm very saddend by his loss. His mentorship while I was a councelor with CAD was life changing. I will be forever greatful for his friendship and the light and wisdom he brought into my life at a very confused time.
June 19, 2013
I sent this quote to Skip a long time ago..."I find it shelter to speak to you"...Emily Dickinson I really miss you Skip...When my phone rings just for a moment I think....that might be Skip...when I go to the mailbox..for moment it crosses my mind... maybe a letter from Skip...but there are no more phone calls and no more letters. Tears fill my eyes but then I think...hes okay...a part of him is still near...so I close my eyes and picture his smiling face..feel his soft kiss and rest in his warm hug...and continue my day.I know thats wha he would want me to do..Hes with my Becky now and someday...someday...
June 13, 2013
There's a whole n'other conversation going on.
In a parralel universe.
Where nothig breaks and nothing hurts.
There's a waltz playing frozen in time.
Blades of grass on tiny bare feet.
I look at you and you're looking at me.

Could you beam me up?
Give me a minute,I don't know what I'd say in it.
I'd probably just stare,
Happy just to be there holding your face.
Beam me up.
Let me be lighter, tired of being a fighter.
I think, a minutes enough.
Just beam me up.

Some black birds soaring in the sky.
Barely a breath I caught one last sight.
Tell me that was you, saying goodbye.
There are times I feel the shiver and cold.
It only happens when I'm on my own.
That's how you tell me I'm not alone.

Could you beam me up?
Give me a minute,I don't know what I'd say in it.
I'd probably just stare,
Happy just to be there holding your face.
Beam me up.
Let me be lighter, tired of being a fighter.
I think, a minutes enough.
Just beam me up.

In my head, I see your baby blues.
I hear your voice and I,
I break in two and now there's one of me with you.

So when I need you can I send you a sign?
I'll burn a candle and turn off the lights.
I'll pick a star and watch you shine.

Could you beam me up?
Give me a minute,
I don't know what I'd say in it.
I'd probably just stare,
Happy just to be there holding your face.
Beam me up.
Let me be lighter, tired of being a fighter.
I think, a minutes enough.
Just beam me up.
Beam me up.
Beam me up.
Could you beam me up?


I miss you dad........love Jill
June 13, 2013
I would like to personally thank the community of Bayview for all that was done to celebrate Skip on Friday evening, May 31st and on Saturday, June 1st. Thanks to all who answered the call from Sue Damon and myself to make this such a beautiful tribute to Skip.

On Friday evening, after a windy day, the waters calmed and there were approximately 18 boats that participated in the ceremonial boat ride down to Button Hook and over to Echo Bay. As the "Peaceful Warrior" left MacDonald's, there was a large grouping of clouds that formed the letter "S" in the sky above. At Button Hook, an eagle flew above Skip's boat and nestled in the trees watching the parade. At Echo Bay, goats were visible on the cliffs. Boats shut down to pause at Echo Bay and "Sweet Silver Dreams" with Dave Braunberger at the helm, played “Taps”. Deanna Henderson and Dietmar Kruger sang "Amazing Grace" and some joined in song. The sound in the bay was incredible. According to Wendy Costello, there were also folks from the community on the shoreline around Cape Horn watching us all and one couple let some balloons go into the air. It could not have been a more perfect evening. Thanks to all who participated and thanks to Kevin Elmore for driving the “Peaceful Warrior”.

Saturday, June 1st was just as beautiful. Thanks to Chuck Murray and Paul Stanton for raising the flag. Everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance and thanks to Judy Gullidge for singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Family addressed those in attendance and a wonderful and very emotional video followed. Others spoke of memories of Skip. Thanks to all who brought a snack to share as the amount was perfect with not much left over. Thanks to Chuck Murray and Dennis Damon for lowering the flag and Alexis Berube for playing “Taps” on her trumpet for Skip as the flag was lowered and the ceremony came to a close. Thanks to Tom Lloyd for running the sound and video system. Thanks to Jackie Lloyd and her assistant for cleaning up the Center. I am sorry that I did not catch her name.

I am sure there are many more of you that helped with setting up chairs and tables as well as taking them down, which was much appreciated. Thanks to those that made sure the snack table was stocked as needed. Thanks to those that donated to the food bank with either a financial contribution or by bringing a food item that was taken to the Athol, Bayview, Careywood Food Bank. I sincerely apologize if I missed someone, but just know that all of the efforts by so many were very greatly appreciated and it was a great tribute to Skip.

I pray for our hearts to heal the loss of all those that have passed away in our Bayview community over the past several months. It won't be the same without them, however; I know we will see them again.


God Bless and Hugs to All.
June 12, 2013
Skip, it's days like today that make me miss your wisdom and strength. You always knew what to say. I wish I would have visited you in Bayview because when I went to celebrate your life I felt a sense of peace and could see why you loved it! I just want you to know that you are loved and missed!
June 02, 2013
Dad, We bid farewell this weekend.....you would have smiled at the people who showed to say "see you later"....The Bayview Community rocked...they loved you so....I will miss you forever...you will be the wind beneath my wings and I hope to do you proud the rest of my life.....Thank you daddy...you are my hero! I LOVE YOU LIKE BREATH!
June 01, 2013
We were lucky enough to meet Skip this past September in Bayview--my wife's aunt & uncle used to live in Skip's house, and we visited the area so my wife could see the house again. Skip was so cool--he let her look around (inside & out), and it meant the world to her. We got some great pictures, including my wife and Skip out in the street. Though our meeting was brief, it felt like we had a new friend for life. It was great knowing you, Skip. Warmest Regards, Dennis & Dawn Kavanaugh
May 30, 2013
DAD, THE DAY IS NEAR FOR OUR FINAL GOOD BYES, TO SET YOU FREE, TO LET YOU FLY. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME, ALWAYS BE CLOSE,IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AND I TRY TO GO ON. I MISS YOU.
May 22, 2013
I will always have a candle burning in my heart for Skip and will light one for him when we go to church. Thanks to the girls for sharing him with our family. There are no words to say how sad I feel or to express how much he will be missed. I tried to post a picture of Skip and Alex at one of the many Veterans' Day celebrations that he attended at Ponderosa Elementary in the Spokane Valley, but could not get it accepted. The picture says it all, “We Will Not Forget" and I will bring it to the service on June 1, 2013.
May 19, 2013
My sincerest sympathy to Skip's family. He was not only special to you, but special to all who knew him. After graduation from high school and then seeing him only at reunions, I was not aware of all the great and wonderful accomplishments that he made not only personal but for so many others. I had the opportunity to speak with him and with his help, put together an article for our high school alumni paper. I was amazed at how he could grasp a situation analyze it and solve it with just a few simple words. To me, he is not gone. He will live in our hearts and be there to help us with his simple philosophy's, and guide us through all that life has to throw at us.
Toni Meicho, McCormick
May 19, 2013
Rest in peace, dear friend and '54 classmate.
May 11, 2013
I first met Skip about 57 years ago at Willamette University. He was a best friend of my future husband, Bill Jackson. Skip was the first person I ever knew who thought "outside the box". Of course, in those days I didn't even know there was a box. But I did recognize that Skip was a power house. Yes, Skip followed the rules but did not let them define him. Skip was Bill's best man at our wedding. Because of the distance in our living (Skip moved around, we didn't) we kept in touch but only saw each other about 5 times over the years. Each time it was as if no time had passed. And each of those times when Skip would walk in he lit up the room and just made you feel good. The last time we visited him we were flying in the SW and knew he was in Brisbee. We stopped for a couple days to visit. He picked us up in his Van, lit a candle and off we went. Before we left he gave us each a "rock" and said to keep it with us when we traveled, he would be with us. We did, and we did feel his power and strength with us. I still have the "rock". I know he is greatly missed, but what a blessing he was for ALL the lives he touched. I lost Bill to Cancer 7 years ago, I like to think he was a greeter for his dear friend and Fraternity brother. My love to his daughters, family and friends.
May 07, 2013
Skip,
Thank God I got to see you on my birthday at Julie's. I love you, and every good word that everyone has written is true. Your strength is so evident, that it lingers even after your passing. I never got to know my own Dad, and I remember as a little girl thinking you we're just the best. You always tried to let me see the best in myself. You were my inspiration to go into social work. You lied to me dang it, you told me you would go to my graduation. I forgive you though, because I know your spirit will be with me when I walk that stage.
With every bit of respect and love,
Betty Brown
May 07, 2013
Thank you all for the kind words, it makes me very proud to have a Dad that touched so many lives. He is terribly missed.
May 06, 2013
Skip was one of the very first people my wife, Leah & I met in Bayview. I remember thinking "what a neat guy & I need to know him better." It was'nt much longer that he informed me he was kidnapping Leah, packing her in his bag & taking her to Hawaii with him! Once you've met Skip the bar had been set high to find another person so AWESOME. Short time later Leah & I moved in right next door to Skip, what a blessing to have him so close with his great humor, words of encouragement & hope. Skip, Leah & I will miss you for the rest of our days, you did'nt even know how much you trully helped us. We love you & hope you have a great boat & circle of friends up there to play poker with.
May 04, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Skip was my mentor and friend. I met him during MTI camp in 1988 & from then on he was part of my life and heart. He listened, gave amazing advice, but mostly showed me how to live life without letting regrets rule your future. He always made time to visit me whether I lived in Montana or Nevada. He was everyones biggest cheerleader through the good, bad and ugly, and after many conversations, I knew that's what I wanted to do. So because of Skip - I went into counseling. He changed my life and outlook, for that I will be forever humbled! Thank you for sharing your dad with me. He was and will always be a true gift for all those he touched! Now there is another angel watching...what a blessing!
May 03, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Skip's passing. You girls were all so important to him. I know both my sister's, Bobbi and Theresa(Teri)Lee, were close to him and appreciated the house on the corner of GFHS. Remember the good times!
Cheryl(Lee)Nelson, Bobbi(Lee)Emerson, Theresa Lee, Margie Lee
May 03, 2013
so sorry to hear of Skip's passing, I have so many memories of your family and your dad growing up during my high school years and after. Trips to Bozeman, Chico, and helping out at the Crisis line. His lectures and just talking with him has made me a better person throughout my journey in life. Skip will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family.
May 02, 2013
so sorry to hear of Skip's passing. I have so many memories of your family and your dad growing up during my high school years and after. Sitting the living room at the house, trips to Bozeman to see Doobie Brothers/Reo Speedwagon, Chico and helping out at the Crisis line. Skip's lectures and just talking with him has made me a better person throughout my journey in life. Skip will be truly missed.
May 02, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Skip many years ago. I never meet his daughters but all of us who worked with him knew how much he loved you and was so very proud of you. Skip was a special man who brought a lot of energy into any room he walked into. Dear Skip, I know your Higher Power has a special place just for you. No need to wear wool socks with your birkenstocks anymore.
May 01, 2013
Your dad touched so people young and old to help us shut doors of yesterday and open doors to the gift of today SO UNTIE THE RIBBONS
May 01, 2013
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Donald H. Wilcox, Ret. L/Col. USAF for your loss, to honor his service to our country and our patriotic hero.
May 01, 2013
In 1985 I wrote a poem for Skip...
A Godsend
In the darkness you entered
like sunshine
lighting my world with love
Illuminating the dark corners
so I could see the parts that were broken
my shattered soul...
In the light of your love
I gently gathered up the pieces
through the grace of the Lord
you were my Godsend
and seeing him in you
I became whole. Nan
May 01, 2013
Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was GREAT! Everyone wanted him for their own dad and you and your sisters were so blessed to have had him. Take care! Kelly
May 01, 2013
Jenny & Family,
It has been many years since being around your Dad, but I remember him well. So very sorry to hear about his passing. My heart & prayers are with you all!
Nancy (Ribich) Nelson
May 01, 2013
hello my nmy name is Diana Adamson I had the honor to work with Skipfor several summers. He was a great guy. He will be missed.
April 28, 2013
The ‘Skip' experience… You see none of us, no, not one ever really knew Skipper; we experienced Skip. Only a few will remember the apartment just off 15th Street in Great Falls, Mt. where you could get a soda and a slice of cheese; and a mega dose of ‘Skip' with sensitivity groups on Thursdays and Sundays. We hadn't met you girls (Joanna, Jill, Julie, and Jenny) yet. We came to crave those times with Skip, and each other, more than any other mood altering experience in our lives. There was the first van, a Ford passenger model with windows all around and no custom paint job, but the candles and the beads on the mirror were all there, and it got us to Chico and… and back. Skipper was only a lowly major then and I, barely 19 going on 12 when I met him in the spring of ‘71, 42 years ago, 420 in ‘Skip' years… You see Skip, the most ‘alive' person I have ever met; lived at least 10 years for every year for a ‘normal' human and we always felt more alive around Skip as he, and we, navigated this journey called life. I remember being a guinea pig for his graduate school classes at the University of Great Falls, and following him years later in my own at the same University. Wondering today if I wouldn't be alive now if it weren't for Skip and the passion for life he so generously shared with me. You girls were like sisters to us all when you came into the picture along with a very large St. Bernard. I remember the house on 2nd Ave., the Chevy Van (with custom paint this time), Skip working at Midget Mart for a little extra cash (I suspect was to support a serious DQ addiction), Nona Collins and I babysitting you when the “Colonel” went to California to launch missiles into the Pacific Ocean. Skip did so much, but he really did was give his gift of life to everyone he met, especially to all of us “kids” he met along the way, and when we had our full measure, he found more hungry, shining eyes needing to discover their dreams and their true worth. Skip's, presence could inspire or enrage, or both, but you never left an encounter with Skip unchanged… That life force was Skip's legacy to us all, that example, that idealistic vision of the world, ourselves, of everything; coupled with a healthy dose of pragmatic realism that gave it an edge that could infuriate at times. Skip's legacy is born from life death cannot defeat, demanding we carry it forward, wasting none of it as we continue to change the world… in our own way… just like he did. So now we stand, a little numb, because we thought he would (or should) make it to at least 90, or better, 100 years of life. We are past that time when we would bargain for a little more time, thinking our prayers have been wasted on a deaf God. But prayers are always answered, and the answer is always yes. We mistake the subtleties of ‘yes,' requiring patience, or especially when God tells us; “I think I've got a better idea,” for no. Our prayers to have Skip in our lives were answered long before they were uttered, long before any here had breath or will to pray, and had nothing to do with his passing. Our prayers were answered in abundance on the day Skipper was born… Peace to all...
April 26, 2013
Oh, dad..........if I could just tell you one more time.. Thanks!!! thanks for you, thanks for this that I call life.....I will miss you so....
April 25, 2013
Skip was one of our most favorite people in Bayview for years. He was always there to volunteer for all the events and lend a helping hand where ever needed. One of those guys we thought would be there forever. We all loved him. He gave back everyday. Great guy! We will miss him.
April 25, 2013
There is so much to say about Skip. He knew how to cut through all the teen lies you believe (and ones you believe in adulthood, too!), challenge you to take control of your destiny, live your life, and care for others. He had the right amount of gruff-ness, compassion, and laughter... His smile, the twinkle in his eye, and laughter will be something I will always remember about him. Light a candle, find someone to hug, and that little portion of the John Denver song... "Friends, I will remember you....." You made your mark, Skip. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend!
April 25, 2013
Skip and I met one day as he was riding his bike on Hudson Bay Road, I was picking up baby pinecones and tossing them into the park, cause the tree was in the park not in our yard, all of a sudden a booming voice says, loudly what are you throwing into the park? I said pinecones, he said in that case it's ok...and continued to pedal on...right after moving here, Skip invited Stan and I to go on an adventurous ride on his boat across the lake, as we did Skip was giving us the history of Pend Orielle and of Bayview, as we were heading back from Lakeview, Skip said, ok, now the test, we failed miserably, he said ok, one more question, if you don't get it right, I'm gonna toss you both overboard. We laughed, I think we got the question right!!! LOL!!! Skip will really be missed. The park and the swing set is Bayview is a result of Skip's hard work to get it for us to enjoy!!!
April 24, 2013
Skip was the first person we met when we moved to Bayview. He was our next door neighbor. His easy going manner, quick laugh, raucous sense of humor and his toe ring and sandals were our first and lasting impression. He did so much for this community. We are all blessed because of his service and non-wavering commitment. We will miss you terribly dear friend!
April 24, 2013
Skip was truly a good person, an outstanding Officer of the USAF, an lastly a great American
April 24, 2013
Thank you for all you did for Bayview during the Holland years.
April 24, 2013
We will miss seeing Skip when we go to Bayview. Just such a fixture in the community and a good neighbor for many years. I expect we will see him later... Max and Barbara Weekly
April 24, 2013
Thank you Skip, for all you did for our little town of Bayview. Always ready with a smile and a How can I help out. Always ready to lend a hand. Thank you! Your thoughts and positive energy will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace.
April 24, 2013
We will miss Skip. When he saw you, he always greeting you with a big smile and a hug or hand shake.
April 24, 2013
I am so grateful I was allowed Skip's frinedship. He will be greatly missed. He was a true warrior.
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