Quanor W. Skipper passed away on October 26, 2015 at the age of 79, in Keystone Heights, Florida.
A fourth-generation Floridian, Mr. Skipper was born in Gainesville in 1936, the youngest of three sons of Hassie and Everett Skipper. His grandfather, Jackson P. Bennett, was a police officer in Gainesville who died in the line of duty in 1936, and whose name is now engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Following High Springs High School, Mr. Skipper entered the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed for a time at the American airbase in Bitburg, Germany, to which he brought his family. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves from which he retired in 1995.
Mr. Skipper is survived by Martha V. Skipper, his wife of more than 59 years, his daughter Jenny Caison of Annapolis, Maryland, his son Quanor W. (Butch) Skipper, Jr. of Hague, son Michael S. Skipper of Keystone Heights, and four grandchildren. A great-grandson is expected in January 2016. His brother, Lawton, resides in Lake City, Florida. His brother Edwin resides in Gainesville, FL.
Mr. Skipper is fondly remembered as an avid fisherman and hunter, an outgoing person who made friends easily, and someone who enjoyed recounting episodes of his life growing up in a Florida of small family farms, railroad towns, and clear-running springs and rivers.
A memorial service, with military honors, will be held at Hague United Methodist Church, Hague, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. November 14, 2015.
Martha: my heart goes out to you and your loved ones in the death of Quanor.Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.