PROCTOR- Graveside services for Ralph Wade Skaggs, 61, will be held Saturday at 1p.m. in Gardens of Memory Cemetery of Erath County with Rev. Gene Talbot officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Nowlin Anders Funeral Home of De Leon.
Ralph was born in Dublin to Charles and Katie Sims Skaggs.
He married the love of his life Delores "Lorrie" Jean (Langdon/Hale) Skaggs on March 26, 2005 in Ft. Worth. She preceded him in death on May 13, 2012.
Ralph served in the United States Air Force and in the early 1980's he began a life-long love of working with computers and electronics. He was a voracious reader but he also loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed working with his hands and if there was anything he couldn't fix, then it just wasn't broken to start with. He had a dry sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes, primarily on his sister.
He gave his life to Christ and was baptized when he was 16 years old. He loved to sing the old shaped-note hymns because those were the ones he grew up hearing and they touched his heart the most.
He is survived by his much loved children of whom he was very proud, son Rendell Skaggs of Austin and daughter Justina Skaggs of Brownwood. Also surviving him are his step-children Mandy Longoria and husband Daniel, David Hale and wife Kaylyn and Cindy Pecina and husband David, sister and partner-in-crime Pamela Skaggs Talbot and brother-in-law Gene Talbot, niece Lisa Talbot Groover and husband Robert, great-niece Taylor Talbot, great-nephews Hayden Groover, Chase Talbot and Spencer Groover, aunts Joyce Sims Marks and husband Bobby, LaVerne Sims Melcher and husband Harvey, Ona Mae Odom and husband Jay and Francis Howard, uncles Bobby Skaggs, Gene Skaggs and Harold Dean Skaggs and wife Shirley and numerous cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents Charles and Katie Skaggs, who both passed in 2008, and his beloved nephew Michael Talbot in 2010.
He was a quiet man, but he leaves a big hole in our hearts.