Ronal Lynn Skidmore


Ronal Lynn Skidmore, 74, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Monday morning, May 18, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, and under the care of West Virginia Hospice. He had been in declining health for the past two years.

He was born Friday, Oct. 19, 1945, at Elkins, a son of the late David Ray and Edith Marie Hughes Skidmore.

On Sept. 26, 1970, at Baltimore, Maryland, he was married to the former Virginia Ann “Ginny” Phillips, who survives. They had celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Also surviving are one son, Aron Dale Skidmore and wife Jonnie Ann of Harman; one daughter, Diana Ruth Smith and husband Bradley of Huttonsville; one brother Jack Skidmore and wife Linda of Junior; three sisters Sandy Karlen and husband Glen of Elkins, Geri Davis of Elkins, Marie Sasada of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Devin VonBehren and husband David of Suffolk, Virginia, Danielle Hopper and husband Derek of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Brody John Skidmore of Harman; five great grandchildren, Taylor VonBehren, Donald VonBehren, Bailey Hopper, Sophia Hopper, and Cruz Hopper; one great grandchild on the way; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are two brothers, David and Dale Skidmore.

Ronal was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1964 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had worked at Baltimore, Maryland as a refrigeration and air conditioning repairman and worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways as a gradall operator retiring in 1971. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was an avid woodworker and wood restorer. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 22, at 12:15 p.m. at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman. The Rev. Kevin Gainer will officiate and entombment will follow with full military honors accorded by members of the U.S. Air Force, the H.W. Daniels Post 29, American Legion and the Tygart Valley Post 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars. For the protection of those in attendance, everyone attending the visitation and graveside service are asked to adhere to local social distancing requirements.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ronal Lynn Skidmore. We encourage our communities to support one another through leaving memories and condolences at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home website www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.