Longtime Soldotna resident, Richard 'Skip" W.M. Hoskins died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a six-month battle with lung cancer. He was 62.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Soldotna Church Of God on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt. The Rev. Phil Edgerly will officiate. Military honors will be performed by VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20. A reception and potluck will follow the services at the VFW in Soldotna.
Mr. Hoskins was born Aug. 8, 1945, to William and Hazel Hoskins in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Clark Fork High School in Idaho in May of 1963. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1964 and served during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged in 1967. He worked for the PTI phone company as a troubleshooter in Washington, Anchorage and Soldotna for 35 years until he retired in 1991.
"Skip had two children and Sally had five. Skip was always available to help anyone of the kids with anything they needed. He will be greatly missed by his busy family. Skip played semi-pro softball from 1967 to 1977. He loved the outdoors and was a great fisherman," his family said.
Mr. Hoskins was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Hazel Hoskins; and brother, Donnie Hoskins.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sally Hoskins; daughter, Luci Dichon of North Dakota; son, Sean Hoskins of Soldotna; sisters, Carol Workman and Janet Hanneman of Spokane, Wash.; and brother, Jody Hoskins of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made in memory of Mr. Hoskins' to the Hoskins Memorial fund at First National Bank of Alaska in Soldotna. The funds will go to the Central Peninsula Hospital, to help with remodeling.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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