Earl E. Skinner
Earl E. Skinner of Ripley died at Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa., on July 10, 2017. He was born in Westfield on June 21, 1955, to Betty Lou and the late Lloyd Marshall Skinner Sr.
After graduating from Ripley High School in 1974, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Mead from 1974-1976. Following his honorable discharge, Earl served in the Army Reserves from 1976-1982.
Trained as a mechanic, he was employed at Regal’s in Ripley until his retirement.
Earl had been a member of the Athletic Club, the VFW, American Legion and St. Joseph’s of North East, Pennsylvania. The 1st Baptist Church of Ripley was his place of worship.
During his high school career, Earl belonged on both the wrestling and football teams. His hobbies consisted of playing pool, watching the Kansas City Chiefs and rooting for his favorite race car driver, Kevin Harvick.
Besides his mother, Betty Lou, Earl is survived by his daughters, Tesha Hebner and Toni Long and grandchildren: Anna, Shianne, Makenna, Hunter and Serenity. He is further survived by his sisters, Donna (Dave) Blackman, and Catherine (Paul) Klinger, both of Ripley, Jean Whiteneck and Mary Hoffman of Union City, Pa.; and brothers, Everette (Kelly) Skinner of Ripley and Mark (Darby) Skinner of FL.
Earl was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd M. Skinner Sr., and brother, Lloyd M. Skinner Jr.
Earl’s funeral service will be on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley. The Rev. Donald Eggleston will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service and may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family to help with the funeral expenses would be gratefully appreciated.
All arrangements have been entrusted to Michael R. Fantauzzi, owner and director.