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Benny J. Skidmore

Obituary for Benny J. Skidmore

March 18, 1944 - July 25, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 76

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Benny J. Skidmore, age 76, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in San Antonio.

Benny was born to parents Cooper Skidmore and Ilene Kircher on March 18, 1944 in San Antonio Texas. Benny graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio Class of 1962. Benny started his professional career with Scobey Moving Company, and later joined Montgomery Ward department stores in the late 1960's, becoming a very respected warehouse manager.

When Montgomery Ward shuttered their San Antonio operations in the mid 80's, Benny faced supporting his young family while transitioning through a career change. Not dismayed, he relied on the incredible work ethic instilled in him by his parents and accepted an entry level job with the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), while attending college at night. His perseverance and determination ultimately led to him earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southwest Texas State University and advancing his career with SAWS. Benny served the citizens of San Antonio for 23 years and retired as a key Safety Professional in 2010.

Some of Benny's fondest childhood memories were from his family's time in Panama City, Panama and Caracas, Venezuela, when his father served in the U.S. Ambassadors' defense attaché teams. He learned to speak Spanish and believed experiencing different cultures gave him a broad perspective of the world. Benny was also highly active in the Boy Scouts as a kid and continued to give back as a Scout Master as a young adult. His ever-present smile earned him the nickname 'Smiley' from his scouts. Benny had a lifelong interest in Native American history. His home is adorned with numerous statues and art pieces honoring the Native American experience. Benny was also a student of U.S. Civil War and World War history, and one of his most memorable trips was to visit battlefield sites in Virginia.

Benny also loved all things western including the American Cowboys, life on the range, and classic western movies. He was proud that his DVD library was quite extensive, and no actor was featured more prominently than his idol John Wayne. Benny could recite lines from all of Wayne's classics, and even named his beloved yorkie 'John-T', after Wayne's character in Rio Bravo. John-T was a great companion and Benny would take him everywhere, including running errands around town and getting breakfast tacos at countless drive-thrus. Benny also loved everything about Elvis and had scores of Elvis' and various country artists' vinyl albums. Young Benny was a surprisingly good dancer, often emulating Elvis, and enjoyed attending dances and socials well into his adulthood.

Friendship was especially important to Benny, and he was lucky to have two lifelong friends in Roger Kincaid and Jimmy McClelland. Benny and Roger were inseparable as teenagers and got into just enough trouble to stay out of trouble. Roger married Benny's sister Priscila, and after retiring from the U.S. Army moved his family back to south central Texas. Benny enjoyed going to their farm, helping to build the barn and complete many projects on the property. Jimmy, his wife Patsy, and Benny remained close friends throughout adult life. Benny would routinely travel with Jimmy to their ranch outside Luckenbach, in the Texas Hill Country, to tend to the land and cattle. Roger and Jimmy were both indelible figures in Benny's life, and he loved them like brothers.

Benny's mother instilled in all her children the importance of family, and family traditions. For decades, the family would gather on Christmas Eve, holidays, and special events, with song books, organized skits, and amazing food. Benny always looked forward to the family get-togethers, and as an adult, he treasured the sense of family and joy being passed on to his nieces and nephews. Benny was immensely thankful to his baby sister Priscilla as she continues their family traditions to this day.

Bennie is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Frye and her husband, David; sister, Priscilla Kincaid and her husband, Roger; and brother, Wes Skidmore. Benny is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews Kris Franckowiak and her husband Bob Ploucher; Kevin Kincaid and his wife Crystal; Kelby Skidmore and his wife Jade; and Kenneth Skidmore. He also adored his great nieces and nephews Kyle, Kole, and Kailyn Kincaid, and Zachary and Mallory Fanckowiak.

His family would like to express their deepest gratitude to his physicians and medical support staff for their dedicated care to Benny over the past few years. THANK YOU!

SERVICE
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020
2:00 P.M.
PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL

A private interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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