Richard Alan Skidmore

October 16, 1932December 3, 2018

Mr. Richard Alan “Dick” Skidmore, age 86 years, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction, CO. Mr. Skidmore was born on October 16, 1932 in Kalamazoo, MI. He spent his childhood in Flint, MI and eventually earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He retired as an Aerospace Engineer from Lockheed-Martin when his expertise contributed to the growth of the US Space Program. Mr. Skidmore is preceded in death by his parents, Lucien and Nina Funch Skidmore; his son, Michael Skidmore; and his sister, Phyllis Skidmore. Survivors include his beloved wife, Bonnie Jean “B.J.” Rittenhouse Skidmore; his son, Steve Skidmore and wife Tiffany of Elko, NV; his grandchildren, Lindsey and Ryan Skidmore of Elko, NV; and his sister, Martha Kramer of Shelby Township, MI. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation at of to the National Rifle Association at To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit


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Rick Schmitt

December 6, 2018

Hello B.J.
I was surprised to see Dick's obituary in the Sentinel this morning. Susan and I extend our sincere condolences for your loss. Dick was a great guy and I enjoyed our shooting and social events with you and Dick. If we can be of any service to you, please contact me 970-201-4332.
Sincerely, Rick Schmitt