Richard A. Skillin

1941 – 2010

SOUTH PARIS — Richard A. Skillin, 68, of South Paris, died Sunday, Feb. 21, at his residence in South Paris.

He was born in Norway on April 4, 1941, to Arnold W. and Frances (McAllister) Skillin. Attended Norway Schools and graduated with a GED from the U.S. Army at the Yukon Command, in Alaska. Completed college extension courses at University of Alaska, University of Maine in business, and management courses. He was involved with C&R Warfare at numerous sites in North America.

He married Mary Gay Lawrence on May 22, 1982.

Worked in local shoe factories, Wilner Wood Products, and was self-employed in later years. Had a love for trucks and always did cross-country runs as well as regional work.

Richard was in both Norway and South Paris Fire Departments, holding offices in both associations as well as departmental operations. He loved life more than life itself. He had an avid sense of humor. Loved the out-of-doors, camping, fishing, auto racing (NASCAR), country western music (Waylon Jennings), playing cards and all those family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of South Paris; April Dawn Dunbar of Tampa, Fla., Annette Skillin of North Carolina, Christine Skillin of Kennebunk; Ken Lawrence and wife, Julie, of Mechanic Falls; Kimberly Millett and husband, Wayne, of Oxford; Jessica (Jessi) Skillin of South Paris; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Auntie Lorraine Smith and husband, Kunkel A.J., of South Paris; brother-in-law, Ernest Gay and his wife, Jill, of South Paris; special cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father; mother; and a brother, Vinnie.

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