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Roger C. Skinner Jr.


Roger C. Skinner Jr., an Annapolis contractor, died Sunday at the Washington Hospital Center of injuries he received May 11 when a private plane in which he was a passenger crashed as it was taking off from the Chesapeake Ranch Airport near Lusby.

A memorial service for Mr. Skinner was being held today at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road.

It will be preceded by a service at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road, Crownsville.

Mr. Skinner was 42 and lived in Epping Forest. For 16 years, he owned the Hearthside Construction Co. in Annapolis.

A native of Fort Lewis, Wash., who was raised in Severna Park, he was a 1967 graduate of Severna Park High School and attended the Arundel Community College. He also served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a licensed pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also was a licensed commercial balloon pilot and a member of the National Balloon Pilot Association.

He is survived by a companion, Janet Gartrell; his mother, Doris Skinner Williamson of Severna Park; and a sister, Jeanne Russell of Ridgefield, Conn.

Mr. Skinner's brother, Douglas Lee Skinner, 38, of Lusby, also was a passenger in the plane and perished in the crash. Services for Douglas Skinner were May 15.

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