William Skinner, of Antigo, died Monday, November 7, 2016 at home. He was 80 years old. He was born on July 7, 1936 in Antigo, a son of William and Viola (Pankratz) Skinner. He married Linda Gabler on August 10, 1978 at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Antigo. She survives.
He was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 1955 where he played on their first high school hockey team.
He was employed as a deliveryman in Antigo for many years, first for Service Dry Cleaners and later for Geno McKenna and Sons Distributing, retiring in 1984.
He considered himself “the world’s greatest hunter and fisherman” who enjoyed the outdoors.
He was a founding member of the Antigo Youth Hockey League; member and past president of the Antigo Moose Lodge; served on the St. Hyacinth School Board of Education and was a member of SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church.
Survivors including his wife are two daughters, Nicole Skinner, Antigo, Sarah Skinner, Dallas, Texas; also survived by his wife Linda’s daughter Jeanie (Col. Russell, US Air Force, retired) Mathers, Bossier City, Louisiana; three step children Ginger Reimer, Aniwa, Shawn and Dean Reimer, Green Bay; two sisters, Nancy Platt, Waynesville, Missouri, Luella Flemming, Antigo; a brother, Richard (Kay) Skinner, Antigo; and caregiver, Ganbaatar “Tom” Dorj.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his previous wife Betty; a sister, Shirley in childhood, a brother, Donald (Rose Marie) Skinner, two brothers-in-law, Clarence Platt and Clyde Flemming.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. David Schmidt, officiating. Burial will take place in Queen of Peace Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bradley Funeral Home and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
A parish wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday also at the funeral home.
Bill regrets that he will not be able to shake hands and greet people at his final earthly banquet, however, he is enjoying his welcome to the heavenly feast.