Lloyd Richard Skyles, 82 – Passed September 9, 2019

Lloyd Richard Skyles of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, passed away on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the age of 82 years young at his home.

He was born on May 16, 1937 in Cabool, Missouri, the son of the late Alva and Pearl (Butts) Skyles.

Richard grew up in Cabool, where he attended and graduated from Cabool High School in 1955. That is where he met the love his life, Sandra Kay Skyles. They were married in the spring of 1959. Kay and Richard went on to have three amazing children that they raised in Mansfield, Missouri.

While Richard and Kay began their life together and were raising their children, he began his career at Richards Brothers in 1957 and went on to co-own Rader’s IGA, returning to Richards Brothers until his retirement in 2012.

Richard served Mansfield Fire Department for over 46 years in several positions and was always willing to fill in wherever he was needed. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Methodist Church of Mansfield, the board of directors of the Bank of Mansfield, the Volunteer Fire Department and P.I.C. (Private Industrial Council, Ozark Region 10). He was the past president of Mansfield Lions Club, a member of the old hospital board of directors, a city councilman and a member of the housing and zoning boards for many years. After retiring from the grocery store and his many jobs, he enjoyed golfing, gardening, going to sporting events as well as spending time with his family and sweet friend, Ilene.

Richard was a member of Mansfield Methodist Church for many years before he and Kay moved to Mtn. Grove. Since their move he has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Richard had an unconditional love for Christ, his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his huge family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra (Rader) Skyles; his mother, Pearl (Butts) Skyles; his father, Alva Skyles; his sisters, Patsy Ruth, Opal Altis, Virgina Hicks and Ruby Wood; and his brothers, Junior Skyles and Leroy Skyles.

He is survived by his three children, son Kurt Skyles of Springfield, Missouri, daughter Tresa and husband Mark Helsley of Mansfield, and son Kirby Skyles and wife Crystal of Ava, Missouri; one brother, Robert Lee Skyles and wife Carla of Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Matthew Skyles and wife Leslie, Amanda Boden and husband Steve, Joseph Skyles and wife Angel, Colton Skyles, Spencer Skyles, Camryn Lee and Caden Lee; eleven great-grandchildren, Elisa, Eryn, Madilyn, Peyton, Henley, Halee, Eva, Cora, Jayce, Maggie and Silas; one great-great-grandchild, Rylynn; his close friend, Ilene Woods of Mtn. Grove, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Mtn. Grove with Wanda Heidemann officiating. Pallbearers were Kurt, Kirby, Matt, Joe, Colton and Spencer Skyles, Caden Lee, Mark Helsley, Amanda Boden and Camryn Lee. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mansfield Fire Department Training Fund.