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Obituary for Donald E. Skinner
Donald E. Skinner, age 74 of Oakland, formerly of Clinton, Indiana, passed away at 4:15 AM, Friday, September 18, 2009 at Palm Terrace of Mattoon. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, today, Tuesday, September 22 at Standard Funeral Home in Oakland, with Reverend Robert E. Lee officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland. Visitation was Monday at the Standard Funeral Home. Don was born on November 1, 1934 in Montgomery County, Illinois, the son of Ralph and Genevieve Sanders Skinner. He was educated in the country schools of Montgomery County. On April 3, 1954 he married Dorothy Harriet Ploger in Sandwich, Illinois, and she preceded him in death on October 27, 1983. Survivors include three daughters, Becky Dollins and husband Stephen of Oakland, Donna Wallen of Oakland, and Patricia Skinner Taylor of Indiana; nine grandchildren, Crystal Baker and husband Gregg of Oakland, Kimberly Dudley and husband Chad of Princeton, Indiana, Jessica Persson of Hindsboro, Mandy Jewell of Lakeland, Florida, Shawna and Tiffany Dollins both of Oakland, and Scott, Summer, and Toby Taylor all of Indiana; seven great-grandchildren, Olivia, Quintinn, and Keilan Baker of Oakland, Aaron Dudley of Arcola, Madelynn and Isabella Dudley of Princeton, Indiana, and Aaliyan Persson of Hindsboro; three sisters, Judy Rhoads and husband Dale of Ramsey, Illinois, Ruthann Brown and husband Darrell of Vandalia, and Dorothy Carroll of Vandalia; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Ploger-Skinner, his father Ralph Skinner, his mother Genevieve Skinner-Wilson, and two daughters, Pamela Sue Skinner, and Deborah Kay Skinner. For most of his life, Don had been a farmhand for Jimmy Dollar of Oakland. He also worked as a logger in Coles County, and was known as the “Can Man” for collecting and recycling cans. Don attended Oak Grove Baptist Church. In his younger days, Don enjoyed racing dogs. A memorial fund is being established for either the Oak Grove Youth Group, or the Charleston Christian Academy. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.standardfuneralhome.com.