Robert M. Skidmore

Robert M. Skidmore

January 23, 1947 - March 22, 2012

Robert M. Skidmore

January 23, 1947 - March 22, 2012


Robert Montgomery Skidmore, 65, of Mission Viejo, Calif., passed away on March 22, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the devoted husband of Ranice Tune Skidmore, his best friend and the love of his life. They were married for 40 years.

Robert Montgomery Skidmore was born in Decatur, Ala., on January 23, 1947. Robert grew up in Priceville, Ala., and graduated from Priceville High School in 1965. He was a 1969 graduate of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Robert received a master’s degree in international business management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1977.

Robert was a Navy lieutenant and served on the U.S.S. Bausell during the Vietnam War. While in the Navy, he married Ranice Tune in 1971 in San Diego. Robert was a salesman. He was a sales executive for Shur-Lok Company, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., for more than 20 years, retiring in 2009. At Shur-Lok, he worked in sales in several positions, including regional sales manager and director of business development.

Robert was blessed with an outgoing personality, a sharp intellect, and a gift for storytelling. He was a steady and generous presence in the lives of his friends and family. He and his wife Ranice embraced the everyday as well as the extraordinary occasions in life. An inseparable couple, they were known to friends and family as “R & R.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother Max S. Skidmore (Barbara) of Atlanta and nephew Stephen Skidmore (Monica). On his wife’s side, he is survived by sisters-in-law, Sheryl, Diane and Lisa Tune (Mauro), brother-in-law Lee Tune (Margaret) and two nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his parents Marvin and Arlene Ryan Skidmore and nephew David Skidmore.

Memorial services were held on March 25 at the O’Connor Mortuary Chapel in Laguna Hills, Calif. Friends and relatives can leave remembrances at: and view a video tribute to Robert at:

Those interested in making memorial contributions are requested to do so to Heifer International, an organization seeking to “end world hunger with charity gifts for sustainability and self-reliance.”

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13 responses to Robert M. Skidmore

  1. Where have all the years gone? It seems like yesterday that we were all in school and living the carefree life of high school students with our entire futures to look forward to. As our futures and lives disappear, we leave behind loved ones, memories and friends. Ranice, please know that my thoughts are with you in this very difficult time. I pray the following prayer for you: Grant, O Lord, to Ranice, the spirit of faith and courage, that she may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with Robert. Hold close those memories of your great journey together. Your high school friend, Mary Landers Horton.

  2. To Ranice & family and friends of Robert:
    Condolences, and thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of Robert–it is truly special to share and celebrate a life, especially at this difficult time, but we are all the richer for it. Sincerely, Kathleen

  3. A good friend and classmate at the University of Alabama. He called me right after Katrina to ask about my family. Robert was full of joy and life! My condolences to you, Ranice. Bob Hopkins

  4. Ranice, I was very sad to hear of Robert’s passing. He was a favorite classmate of mine. I know you miss him dearly and may you take comfort in knowing he will live in your heart forever. Barbara (Gilchrist) Earle.

  5. Lee Tune says:

    Happy Birthday Robert! We miss you!!!
    For me, you were always a terrific big brother — the only one I ever had. Of course, technically we were only in-laws (or maybe outlaws:), but for me the times we got to spend together were always really good ones. THANKS! — Lee

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