Wallace Skinner

January 4, 1928September 1, 2020

Wallace “Rusty” Skinner passed away on September 1, 2020, at the age of 92. Born in Indianapolis on January 4, 1928, Rusty left home at a young age and enlisted in the Navy at 17. He served on the USS San Juan during WWII and bore witness to The Japanese Signing of Surrender in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Upon returning home he attended Butler University and met the love of his life, Lavon “Bonnie” Schaffer. The two were married on October 14, 1951. Sadly Bonnie preceded him in death, passing away in 2009 from renal cancer. He is also preceded in death by their oldest son, Mark Skinner, and survived by their children Deborah McFall, Kathleen Lombardo, Annette Kennedy, and Dale Skinner, as well as seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and preceded in death by one great-great-grandchild. Rusty was loved by many and well known for his kind heart, love of art, fantastic sense of humor, and being an awful flirt.

A memorial will be held for Wallace "Rusty" Skinner on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the American Legion Post #103, 350 E. Main Street, Mooresville, Indiana, from 2 to 5 P.M.. Military Honors will be rendered at 3 P.M. Please join the family for a pitch-in afterward to celebrate a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Disabled American Veterans in Rusty’s name. And be sure to go for a walk, make some art, learn something new, tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them, and dance naked in the shower. Rusty would wish that for you.


  • Memorial Celebration

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

  • Military Honors

    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Dustin Mills

September 14, 2020

I have MANY. Grandpa taught me a lot about life. And my dad taught me a lot of things that grandpa taught him. I spent a lot of time around him and staying at his house. I remember hundreds of his jokes. He gave me at least 2 keyboards when he got a new one and showed me how to use them and taught me how to teach myself to play. He took us to McDonald’s for breakfast for “hot cakes” every time I stayed the night. Apparently we got him kicked out of McDonald’s which I don’t actually remember, but remember him being stressed over it happening again lol. He gave me countless knives and asked me not to lose them and I did every time. He taught me if anyone asks if i have any money the answer is no. Because they either want some or they want to give you some lol.I roofed his garage he laughed at how crooked the shingles were. He paid me anyways. He told me countless stories about his time in the navy and how he saved lives. He told a story of how he would sneak the kids of the enemy chocolate because the other soldiers would taunt them with candy. I remember him feeding his squirrels and birds. I remember laying in bed with him and grandma and watching jeopardy. I remember wrecking his golf cart at camp and learning that I swam like a rock. I could go on and on, but my favorite memory is when he thanked and hugged me for being there when my grandma passed and for checking on her while she was sick. I’ll always miss the old days and wish I would’ve seen him more during the last few years. I would’ve loved for my kids to have gotten to know him like I was able to. He was a good man. He looked out for my dad when he had no one else to do so and I have learned much of the things I know now because of that. He will still have a huge part in my stories and rhetoric. No one will ever be able to describe him in a big enough light to actually paint the picture of who he was to so many. I will try my best to do so every chance I get. I love ya grandpa and will miss you forever.

Jeanna Skinner-Bushong

September 8, 2020

Oh my gosh there are no words just tears there will be very few smiles left without Uncle Rusty he was a HOOT MASTER God rest his soul ... My memory of him is when he and my dad (Fred Skinner) would get together to bid jobs on construction work oh my how they would bicker at one another and end right where there started out disagreeing but some how it was suddenly right. And all was good again as it started out.... I got a feeling there's gonna be some new buildings going up in Heaven... So when you here thunder roll it's just Uncle Rusty and Freddy bidding or building a job.. RIP ALL THE SKINNER CLAN LOVE YOU ALL

Kaitlin Skinner

September 4, 2020

I remember years ago when great grandma was alive and we would all gather at their house for thanksgoving and christmas. Uncle Dale would pass out the gifts and grandpa would play his keyboard shirtless and tell jokes. He hated to wear shirts. Grandpa was also a painter. He inspired me to paint. He had a painting of grandma and he did one of my mom when she was younger 2. He was a trip thays for sure. I love u grandpa 💜.

Joe Schaffer

September 3, 2020

Rusty was my brother-in-law and my friend. When I was in high school I needed a job he hired me to work with him in construction. We couldn’t be more different as he was a musician and an artist and I was the engineering mentality. His first job that he taught me to do with how to dig trenches for footings of homes. Lots of trenches dug by hand. It was my first experience in giving me a lot of blisters.

I have visions of things that happen to people who are friends and family in the future. One night I dreamed of a large load of bricks falling upon Rusty and injuring him severely. The very next morning the delivery truck arrived at the worksite with the load of blocks and bricks. While the truck was moving an entire skid of bricks, it was passing directly over Rusty’s head. I reached over and pulled him over to my side just as the cable broke and dropped thousands of pounds of bricks where he had been standing.

Rusty grabbed me and gave me a big hug and told me that we would be friends for life. From that point on we were friends for life. I will miss him.

Jennifer Eaton

September 3, 2020

Christine Heitzman

September 2, 2020

I went to school with his grand daughter Trina. Years later I would meet Mr. Skinner as his home health nurse. Last year to be exact. I had seen he was a navy vet and explained to him that I too am a navy vet. Though I never have seen any sea time he shared his sea stories with me and how he was on ship when the Japanese surrendered. He also told me of his loving wife and how he missed her so much and explained the
Paintings he had of the young woman hanging on his wall was his wife that he painted himself. He would make jokes when ever I would visit him and he was always polite and happy to have a visitor. My condolences to the skinner Family.

Cherish Murphy

September 2, 2020

I will sure miss this flirtatious man. I’m sure he gave me at least a hundred proposals. When he found out I was painting, he brought me a paint set and an easel. I will forever treasure my gifts. Especially the gift of his love he had for everyone. I love you papaw Rusty.

Cherish Murphy

September 2, 2020

To the most flirtatious man I ever met. I’m pretty sure I have hundreds of proposals from papaw Rusty. When he found out I had started painting he gave me a set of paints and my first easel. I will forever treasure my easel from Rusty. Love ya

Trina Flanary

September 2, 2020

I love you Grandpa! I hope you're proud of your grandchildren that I raised. They sure got tons of your talents passed to them. I miss homemade popcorn while watching movies with you and grandma. I miss all your silly jokes. I love that you and Grandma loved all the family unconditionally. I couldn't have asked for better grandparents. I love you so much! Give Grandma and Dad hugs from me.

Sheena Wall

September 2, 2020

Papal Rusty, such a funny loving caring man. One of the best men I will ever know. Will forever be loved & missed. 92 years just doesn’t seem long enough. 🖤


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