Keith Weston Skidmore, of Pearson, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at his home under the care of his loving wife and three daughters. He was 84 years old.
He was born on June 29, 1937, in Pearson, a son of the late Russell and Sarah “Sadie” (Clark) Skidmore. He married Nancy Radtke on Oct. 2, 1959, in Antigo.
Keith attended grade school in Pearson and was a graduate of Elcho High School.
He was a Korean War era veteran having served in the United States Army from Jan. 12, 1955, to Jan. 5, 1958.
He was a member of Leland Tollefson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2653, the Paul Marmes Disabled American Veterans Chapter 23, the Pickerel Pearson Lions Club and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting trap, golf, spending time at his cabin, pool league and dancing. He will be remembered as a grill master and local baseball legend to family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nancy; three daughters, Lynn Garner-Robbins of Madison, Kelly Skidmore of Pearson and Katherine “Kitty” (Ted) Kennedy of Lakeland, Florida; six grandchildren, Keith (Samantha) Garner, Capt. Lila (fiancé Keith Helminen) Garner, Sarah (Phil) Hudnall, Ryann (Luke) Koett, Freeman Cooper and Joshua (Stephanie) Kleinhuizen; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Garth Skidmore, Harland Skidmore and Forrest Skidmore; and three sisters, Cecelia Grams, June Bauknecht and Verean Maleug.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Pickerel, with Rev. David Zimmerman officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 27, at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Antigo veterans will provide military honors immediately following the Mass at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please take the time to meet and thank a veteran. Memorials may be directed to a veteran-based charity such as Central Wisconsin Honor Flight, 225780 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau WI 54401, https://neverforgottenhonorflight.com/donate/; the Pickerel/Pearson Rescue Squad, N9062 State Hwy. 55, Pickerel WI 54465; or St. Mary Catholic Church for Human Concerns, N9184 State Hwy. 55, Pickerel WI 54465.
Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.