James D. Skaggs

James “Jim” D. Skaggs, 77 of Leavenworth, went to meet our Lord, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2013. He was born June 27, 1936, in Cabool, Mo., the son of Ralph N. and Verna E. (McAurther) Skaggs. They preceded him in death.

James Skaggs

On Aug. 25, 1956, he married Wanda N. Willingham in Amarillo, Texas. She survives at their home. He is also survived by, two daughters, three sons, 11 grandchildren, two great- grandsons and five great-granddaughters; daughter and family, Daphne Kay and Jim Trotter of Mt. Home, Idaho, Alisha and Jon Broemeling and daughter Betsy, all of Kodiak, Alaska, Justin and Brandy Trotter and daughter Taylor, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter and family, Tammy and Craig Pedigo of Havelock, N.C., Tabitha Nelson and sons Daylen and Fathee Jr. of Leavenworth, Nolan and Tiffany Rhodes and daughter Stella of Daphne, Ala.; son and family, Jay and Cary Skaggs of Oklahoma City, Okla., Corey Skaggs, Amanda and Brooke Dessert and Daughter Avery all of Leavenworth, Kan.; son and family, Kenny, Kim, Rance, Holly and Lexi Skaggs all of Leavenworth; son and family, Ronald “Ron” Skaggs and daughter, Megan Skaggs of Austin, Texas, Amber and Jason Brown and daughter, Laela of Binghamton, N.Y.; two brothers, Richard (Dick) and Trudy Skaggs of Climax Springs, Mo. and Leroy and Judy Skaggs of Leavenworth; a sister, Donna (Kathy) Parks of Overland Park, Kan.; a very special cousin, Pat Corriston of Leavenworth; and his nieces and nephews.

Jim retired from the United States Air Force Dec. 31, 1974, where he earned the following medals; Bronze Star, Seven Air Medals, three Vietnam Service Medals, two National Defense Medals, the Air Force Expeditionary Medal, five Air Force Longevity Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and Combat Readiness Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters along with other service medals. He also worked for Missouri Valley Steel, Hallmark Cards and retired from Fort Leavenworth on March 31, 1998. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carbool, Mo.

R.L. Leintz Funeral Home is in charge of cremation. Private family inurnment will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior or Children’s Mercy Diabetes Foundation.