MALTA-Lewis C. Skinner, 89, WWII Navy Veteran and Rancher, died Monday, August 22 at the Northern Montana Care Center after a brief illness.

    Memorial service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 26 at the Malta Assembly of God Church in Malta. Interment of his cremated remains will follow the services in the Malta Cemetery with Military Honors. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Lewis was born May 13, 1927 in Malta, the son of Dwight D. and Mary (Arvett) Skinner. He was raised on the family ranch at Wagner. Louie left High School early to join the Navy during WWII. After his discharge he returned to Malta and graduated from Malta High School. He worked the family ranch and also did construction work in building the Glasgow Air Force Base. He bought the family ranch and continued ranching and raising horses. He sold the ranch to his brother and remained at the home place raising horses. He had a great love of horses and could always tell the good ones.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul, Wilbur, and Lloyd; and sister, Betty Bowman.

    He is survived by a sister, Donna Kirkaldie of Miles City, step-sisters, Betty Flom, Pearl Skinner, and June Eklund all of Malta; numerous nieces and nephews.

Guest Book

From: Tom and Kathy Henderson

My dad, Harold Kindall was a friend of Louie since the late 1940s when my grandparents were pastors of Malta Assembly of God. In the last 14 years my husband and I have been to Malta 5 times. We have spent a lot of time with Louie going out to eat, prairie dog hunting and visiting the ranch and just hanging out around Malta. This last visit was extra special, my husband was very ill so I spent all my time with my dad and Louie. Louie was getting over pneumonia but was such a trooper , he took me out to the barns, out prairie dog hunting and to the Canadian border. In the little town of Whitewater and upon entering a cafe for a drink a woman said, "Hi Louie." Out in the middle of nowhere someone knew Louie. That still makes me smile. I will always treasure the keepsakes he gave me last June. I am so glad we made that trip with my dad and my husband did recover enough to go out 'dog hunting. I took one last photo of Louie in front of the barn. I would be more than happy to send a copy to a family member if they would like a copy. We loved Louie and my dad has lost a lifelong friend. Sincerely, Tom and Kathy Henderson, daughter of Harold Kindall

From: Boyd & Esther Ruud

Our sincere sympathy to all of the Lewis Skinner family.
Bud went to school with Lewis. We always enjoyed visiting with him when we saw him..

From: Carol (Richardson) Allison

Lewis was part of my life as long as I can remember! He was active in my home church and I always looked for him when I cam home to visit my parents! He is laughing and praising God in heaven! He will be missed!

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