CHARLESTON - David "Papa Skipper" Franklin Skipper, 72, passed away May 25, 2021, at home with his family by his side after a short courageous illness. He was born in Oklahoma City, July 1, 1948, the son of Marriable Franklin Skipper and Ella Jane (Patterson) Skipper.
David graduated from Carl B. Albert High School, Oklahoma, class of 1967. He was a grand champion wrestler weighing in at 183 lbs. David served in the U.S. Air Force for several years as a military policeman, and then later worked as a papermaker in Millinocket at the papermill. David spent much of his time trapping, hunting and fishing at one of his favorite places, the north Maine woods.
Papa Skipper leaves behind his loving son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Terry Skipper; daughter, Kristi Skipper; grandchildren, Jacob, Madyson, Addyson, Delaney, Tyler and fiancé, Logan, and Tiffany; great-grandchildren, Griffin and Waylon; brothers, Steve and Larry; and sister, Linda Moore. He was predeceased by a brother, Doug.
Special thanks to Angela Wescott Emerson, and her team at Davida Dialysis in Brewer, and Beacon Hospice of Bangor for their love and devotion and mostly to my daughter-in-law, Terry, for taking part in my care.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the Charleston Church. Visiting hours will be held 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Puddledock Cemetery, Charleston. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.