Update: There will be a celebration of life honoring Hal and Milo on
Sunday, September 13, at 3 pm at the Eugene Faith Center, 1410 W. 13th, Eugene.
It is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of Hal Skinner, one of the founding members of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and a long time supporter of aviation history. Hal and his grandson Milo were killed in an aircraft crash on September 7, 2015 at the Creswell Airport.
Hal learned to fly in 1980, in a Cessna 152 at the Creswell Airport. He later went on to own a 1941 Interstate Cadet S1A, a lovely aircraft that was restored by Tim Talen and delivered to the Skinners in 1985. He and Carol flew that aircraft all over for many years. After selling the Interstate he briefly owned a Pober Pixie before purchasing the Luscombe that Milo was piloting on September 7th. Hal and Carol were married for sixty-four years.
Hal was an accountant by trade, specializing in tax preparation and retirement planning, and was involved in his church, the Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary International. He was a trustee/director of the OAHS on and off from its early days in 1983 until 2011, at which time he retired from the board. He was a regular presence at OAHS events and he never failed to volunteer to help out in any way that he could. He will most definitely be missed.
Milo Skinner, grandson of Hal Skinner, was a pilot and a supporter of the OAHS. He graciously created our first brochure and first website and was very helpful in moving the website from its original host to its current location and format. Milo loved to play in his grandparents’ airplanes, and from the time he was a child Hal would talk to him about flying. He rode with Hal on many flights and finally began to take lessons from instructor Holly Robinson. Milo soloed shortly after his sixteenth birthday, the day before he obtained his driver’s license.
We offer our sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of the family during this time. We will post any information regarding memorial services as soon as we receive them.
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