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Robert L. Skillings, 85, of Vergas, went to be with the Lord on August 24, 2014 in his home surrounded by his family under the care of Red River Valley Hospice, for whom we are so grateful. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 28, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Northwoods Assembly of God in Perham. Visitation will resume Friday, August 29 beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Northwoods Assembly of God, Perham, with Pastors Dirk Currier and Bill Juoni officiating. Interment will be held in the Sybil Lake Cemetery, Vergas, following the service.

Bob was born September 20, 1928 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Lyle and Nell (Rothwell) Skillings. The family moved to Poplar, Minn., shortly after Bob was born. At age 17, Bob's family moved back to Waterloo where he worked at John Deere Tractor Works in the foundry. He was in the Army in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952 and was Sergeant First Class. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, he continued to work at John Deere and married Marilyn Erickson on April 24, 1954. They were blessed with two children, Gary Lee and Robert Alan. Bob retired from John Deere in 1977, after 29 years, and moved to Sybil Lake near Vergas. There he started a hobby farm and, eventually, Skillings Lakeside Resort in 1988. Bob loved animals, driving his tractor and fishing.

Preceding Bob in death are his parents and two sisters; Rosie Nolte and Fern Lenz.

Surviving Bob are: his wife of 60 years, Marilyn; two sons: Gary (Lori) Skillings of Vergas and Bobby (Holly) Skillings of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; five grandchildren: Ken (Katy) Skillings of Wadena, Minn., Cassie (Aaron) Wike of Perham, Brittini (Danny) Mayfield of Frazee, Justin (fianc Kellie Utter) and Austin of Detroit Lakes; six great-grandchildren (one on the way); beloved brother, Rich (Pat) Skillings of Waterloo and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit