Larry Dean Skipper passed away January 23, 2022 in his home surrounded by family. Larry was born May 29, 1947 in Blue Mound, IL to Harry Cecil Skipper and Dorothy (Armstrong) Skipper.
He spent his childhood exploring and sharpening his mechanical skills; that he would use later in life. He graduated from Blue Mound High School in 1965. He then went on to attend Western Illinois University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He used that degree to teach Industrial Arts at Palatine High School. He left teaching for a mechanical engineering career working at General Kinematics Corporation for 32 years. It was there that he met his wife Terry. They married in 1977 and had two daughters.
He was very active in the Marengo, Illinois community where he made many lifelong friends. It was there that he served as Alderman for 2 terms.
He enjoyed woodworking and restoration. He spent many years restoring the family home with his wife. As a collector of antiques, he was always working on restoring them.
While on a family vacation in Montana, he and his wife found the place where they would eventually retire. They made Polson, Montana their home for 17 years, and made many friends along the way.
In retirement he loved to garden and planted enough to feed the entire community.
Always willing to lend a helping hand, he would go above and beyond for those he cared about. Larry was always very friendly and never knew a stranger.
He is survived by his wife Terry (Mergenthaler) and his sister Linda (John) Hill, his daughters JoAnn (Craig) Bourassa, Cheryl Skipper and granddaughter Zoey Bourassa and many nieces and nephews.
There are no services planned at this time for Larry. All memorials can be made to The American Cancer Society.