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Richard M. Skidmore

Richard M. Skidmore, 81, of Newtown, beloved husband of Jennifer (Slocum) Skidmore, died March 10, at Danbury Hospital. They were married November 24, 1979. Born in Danbury, November 4, 1931, he was the son of Evelyn (Ackridge) and George Skidmore.

Mr Skidmore attended Danbury Schools and graduated from Danbury High School, Class of 1950. He also attended Western Connecticut State University and Mercy College, White Plains, N.Y. He served in the US Air Force from 1951 to 1954, with service in Japan and Korea.

He was active in sports and played baseball in school, the Air Force, and local leagues; football in school and Air Force; baseball in the American Legion and local leagues; and softball in the Air Force and local leagues. While in the Air Force, he played softball with a Long Beach AFB team that beat then-undefeated and nationally prominent Douglas Aircraft. He belonged to the VFW and American Legion and coached the VFW Brewster New York Junior League team to first place. Mr Skidmore was involved in several conservation groups and a friend of the Newtown Congregational Church.

In addition to his wife, a daughter, Cindy Gertig, grandchildren Erich, Scott, and Amy, all of Brewster, N.Y.; and a stepson, Albert F. Van Vlack, Jr, and stepgrandchildren Matthew and Jessica, all of Collegeville, Penn., survive Mr Skidmore.

A graveside service with military honors will take place Thursday, March 14, at 11 am, in Elmwood Cemetery, Bethel. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Nature Conservancy, Connecticut Field Office, 55 Church Street, New Haven CT 06510.

To leave online condolences visit www.honanfh.com.

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