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Albert George Skinner was met at 3:22 p.m. Aug. 25, 2017, by his mother, Lena Skinner; his father, Albert W. Skinner; his sons, Albert Wayne and Albert Ray Skinner, then escorted to Heaven. He was also greeted by his brothers-in-law, Jack Hall and Phil Huston; mother in-law, Marjorie Welborn; fathers-in-law, Robert VanLandingham, and RW "Doc" Welborn; granddaughter, Megan Sharp; great-grandson, Albert Peter Tuell; grandparents; cousins; and many others waiting to welcome him Home.
Albert was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Anderson. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1957 and GMI in Flint, Mich., with a bachelor's degree in engineering and later a masters from Purdue. He retired in 1988 from Guide, a division of General Motors, after 30 years. In 1989, he began work as programmer and tech supervisor for Rush Temporaries. He had an understanding and passion for computers and the ability to make it simple. He retired for a second time in 2006.
He always had a hobby, he built model ships, planes, and cars, photography, collected music from classical to Elvis, all sizes of Eagles, and was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. He was always involved with all five of his children in sports, scouts, slot car racing, raising all types of pets from tropical fish, malamutes, to his blue and gold McCaw "Polly." He served as deacon and a Sunday school teacher at East Lynn Christian Church. He later migrated back to the church his grandfather, the Rev. George Skinner started 100 years ago in Jackson Park (Main Street Church of God)
He married Phyllis Sue VanLandingham on April 13, 1958. Surviving are, his wife of 59 years; children, Albert Anthony Skinner (Mary Ann); Gina Skinner (David), and SuLynn Ruggles; daughters-in-law, Avise and Robin Skinner; sister, Nancy Hall; sister in-law, Evie Huston; brother in-law, Frank VanLandingham; grandchildren, Albert Niculaie Skinner (Constance), Albert Jacob Skinner, Jennifer Skinner Tuell (Mitchell), Georgia Skinner Castor (Cory), Albert Jerald Skinner, Misty Skinner Kalisz (Walter), Albert Thomas Skinner, Elizabeth Skinner Elston (Jon), Raelena Skinner (Jacob), Albert Alexander Skinner, Liz Polinsky, Emily Polinsky, Suzi Skinner Hess, Albert Bubba Schweitzer, Albert Jon Dillon Ruggles (Lindsey), Albert Jon Tyler Ruggles, and Maranda Ruggles; great-grandchildren, Albert Ezekiel, Albert Gabriel, Albert Michael, Noelle, Caroline, Lillian, Mazi Grace, Raven, Albert Nathaniel, Alexis, Madyson, Albert Tanden, Zayven Raymond, Kiyah, Kolton, Lucille, and SuVannah Skye. He was also survived by several uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Special thanks to the support given by several nurses, aides, and cafeteria staff who kept him healthy enough to enjoy the last phase of his life.
Services will be held at Brown, Butz, Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory, 515 E. 53rd St., Anderson, on Saturday, at 4 p.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Immediately following the service will be dinner and dancing per ALBERT'S REQUEST at East Lynn Christian Church, 522 E. 53rd St., Anderson, IN 46013.
You may post online condolences at www.brownbutzdiedring.com.
Published on September 4, 2017
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