Paul Vernon Skaggs, age 80, of Arvada, Colorado, formerly of Lansing, Kansas, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 8:25 p.m. in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Born October 13, 1928 in the Pleasant Grove community of Texas County, Missouri, he was the first son of Leonard Franklin and Gladys Betril (Martin) Skaggs. On September 22, 1973 in Voliver, Missouri he was united in marriage to Juanita Jean Russell, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are three children, Sherry Elliott and husband Terry of Leavenworth, Kansas, Sandy Hartman and husband Craig of Golden, Colorado, and Russell Skaggs and wife Gwen of Arvada, Colorado; one brother, Darrell Skaggs of Rivisville, Missouri; three sisters, Margie King of Denver, Colorado, and Pat Mahan and Mary Fowler of Marionville, Missouri; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Cleo M. (Jacobs) Skaggs; and one brother, Glenn F. Skaggs of North Carolina.
Paul served his country at the end of World War II in the United States Army in Germany. He was a heavy equipment operator and tank driver. He entered active military service on August 21, 1946 and was honorably discharged as a corporal on June 19, 1949, receiving the WWII Victory medal and the Army of Occupation medal. He stayed in the Army National Guard until 1951 when he opted out to rejoin his parents in Twin Falls, Idaho. He worked for the Board of Education in Leavenworth, Kansas, for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was of the Lutheran faith.
Before retiring and taking up golf as his sport of choice, he played in many bands over the years, even on the radio in western Kansas in the 1950s. He was a self-taught musician and could play seven instruments, mostly the guitar; he wrote a few songs and loved music all of his life.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 24, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, 4701 10th Avenue, Leavenworth, Kansas. Visitation will be held Thursday evening at R.L. Leintz Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth, Kansas, with full military honors.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Polley Funeral Home of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.