Robert W. Skinner |

Robert W. Skinner

Private services are planned for Robert W. Skinner, who passed away June 17, 2007, at Barton Memorial Hospital, following a battle with cancer.

Bob was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Oakland, Calif. He attended Chico State College and San Diego State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. Bob’s professional career began as a management trainee for Ford Motor Company. He also worked as a management consultant for Cubic Consultants both domestically and internationally. He founded and operated Flight Realities, an early hang glider manufacturer and hang gliding school. In later years he retreated to his beloved South Lake Tahoe, where he founded and operated a window washing firm.

Bob was an early pioneer in civilian sport parachuting and skydiving. While in the 101st Airborne he was a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team and skydiving team, later known as the Golden Knights. He also was a pioneer in the sport of hang gliding and was asked to spend time in Japan to establish the sport in the Orient. In later years Bob turned to serious mountain climbing and high adventure trips to Peru with his wife, Bonnie, and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Skinner; brother, John Skinner; daughter, Pamela Chittenden; son Ted Stewart; and grandson, Chat Chittenden.