Ernest Skinner

Tucson, Arizona


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Colonel Ernest "Skip" M. Skinner was born in Springfield, MA on April 1, 1946 and passed away into God's hands on October 16, 2015. Skip left behind his wife of 34 years, Martha "Marty" Skinner; two brothers, Gary Skinner and his wife, Susan from Fredericksburg, VA and Rick...

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I am so sorry. Skip was the Udall Fellowship winner and came to my office first to practice at being a lawyer. He was a terrific person and our office is so sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences.

I was a classmate and friend of Skip's at the National War College in 1989. He was "Santa" at a Christmas party for kids that my wife and I organized in the Rotunda. His descent from the fourth to the ground floor had the kids squealing with anticipation. His joke at his O-6 promotion ceremony was so good I asked to borrow it for mine. I kept in touch for a while after that marvellous year, but eventually lost contact. God Speed to a good man.

Scott Powell

Skip at Ban Me Thout (E) Vietnam with MSgt Garber.

I was an aircraft mechanic and stationed with Skip in Vietnam, 1971. He was a real gentleman and a class act. I will remember him fondly.
Mike Diaz, CMSgt, USAF, Retired.

I just saw the notice in the FAC news letter. A class act.
Richard Finn Covey 13 DaNang

I crossed paths with Skip at various law functions over the years and always enjoyed our brief conversations where we checked in as to the other's wellbeing. I was inspired by how confident and caring he was in everything he did.

Marty, Steve and I are so very sorry to hear about Skip. Not long ago, Jenny, Stefanie and my mom were talking about the time Skip came over to play the banjo for them. We are so thankful to have known Skip.

Mrs. Skinner, God bless you and keep you as you grieve such a tremendous loss. Skip was a mentor to me while I was in law school and his advice was always practical and encouraging, never just rah-rah. He was one of those special men that don't appear in our world that often. He will be missed and remembered as an inspiration. Jane Burch, Tucson

Marty, I have fond memories of Skip and kanji games on protocol buses plus our trip to China. Was sad to learn of his passing.

I met Skip in law school and always found him kind, helpful, and thoughtful. My condolences to all those who knew and loved him.