Jean Cook Skinner

May 20, 1918 ‒ December 15, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Retired teacher and wife of the former Dr. Charles Skinner, Jean Cook Skinner passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the age of 101 at Mill Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Galion where she had been a resident for the past nine years.

She was born May 20, 1918 in Columbus and was the daughter of Dr. Oscar P. Cook, Sr. and Mabel (Stone) Cook. On August 12, 1941 Jean married Dr. Charles Skinner in Newark, Ohio. They moved to Galion in 1955 and Dr. Skinner was a family physician until his passing on August 19, 1989.

Jean was a graduate of Newark High School and later graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She taught music in school in Tiro, Ohio and North Elementary School in Galion in the late 1960’s. Jean also operated Skinner’s Piano Studio from 1990 to 2006. With music being a big part of Jean’s life, she was choir director at First Presbyterian Church in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. She was later active with music programs at Peace Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church both in Galion. Jean was active in many local organizations including the former Current News Club and Literary Club.

She is survived by sons Michael J. (Ann) Skinner of Raleigh, North Carolina, Timothy J. (Pam) Skinner of The Villages, Florida, Daniel L. (Susan) Skinner of Galion, David Scott (Natasha) Skinner of Jacksonville, Florida; daughter Mary Anne (Kenneth) Wibbenmeyer of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 13 grandchildren Charles E. (Melissa) Skinner, IV of Stow, Ohio, Patricia (James) Sandlin of Ravenna, Ohio, Jon (Michiko) Skinner of Miami, Florida, Emily (Christopher) Dunn of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jeffrey (Angie) Skinner of Bucyrus, Ohio, Marc (Catherine) Skinner of Highland, Maryland, Sara (David) Baumgartner of Columbus, Ohio, Michelle (Dustin) Kent of Delaware, Ohio, Amy (Joe) Stoneking of Chicago, Illinois, Anna Skinner of Jacksonville, Florida, Samuel Skinner of Jacksonville, Florida, Marlana Risley of Findlay, Ohio and Kim Bautz of Beaver Creek, Ohio and 18 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son Charles E. Skinner, III and a brother, Oscar P. Cook, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 12 noon, Saturday with Pastor Adam Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Galion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, a program that provides livestock and education to impoverished people around the world, or First Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jean Skinner, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • In the years that I knew Jean Skinner she was a delightful and fun lady. She was a customer of mine before she went to Millcreek and I enjoyed our weekly visits at the beauty shop. My life was better because of her. My prayers and sympathies to her family.

  • To the Skinner Family,
    Jean was a wonderful and loving person. We are sure that she will be missed by so many. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Jean.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Skinner’s death. I got to know her when I attended First Lutheran Church,I would sit behind her every Sunday. She was always smiling and nice to me. I visited her several times at Mill Creek also. May she rest in peace after a long fulfilling life.Thinking of all of you.

  • My sincere sympathy to the family. I was lucky enough to help Jean around her home and she was always in good spirits. May she rest in peace.

  • Our sympathies to the Skinner family on the loss of their mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was fortunate to have enjoyed the gifts of music and family in her life and to have shared these gifts with others.

  • Our sympathies and prayers with your family. Memories help hold on to blessings we our given.

  • Sending love and prayers to the family. My Grandmother was such a blessing to so many people and will be missed very much.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Skinner family. Mrs Skinner touched many lives , especially through her love of music. A special lady .