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Elmer Skaggs

December 25, 1947 — May 25, 2021

Elmer Skaggs

Elmer Francis Skaggs, 73, of Mancelona, passed away on Tuesday, May 25 2021 at his home surrounded by loved ones.  He was born on December 25, 1947 in Flint, MI, the son of Robert and Florence (Cheney) Skaggs.

Elmer worked at Fisher Body before enlisting in the United States Army in 1969.  He served for two years before returning to Michigan, where he worked as semi-truck driver for many years, as well as working with his brother at the scrap yard.

He loved to spend time outside: fishing, hunting, and racing cars at Cherry Speedway were some of his favorite things.  He also cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

On March 5, 2008, Elmer married Laura Skaggs (Irish), who survives.  Also surviving are his two children, Travis Skaggs (Cheyanne Emery) and Cheyenne Skaggs; five stepchildren, Kenny Kicklighter, Cheryl Crandall, Nicole (Eli) Hittle, Dallas Peck, and Devon Peck; two brothers, Eldon (Sue) Skaggs and Rickie (Kay) Skaggs; three sisters, Lila (James) Mott, Sally Moore, and Hazel Moon; and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Coral Frisbie and Andra Harcourt; four brothers, Robert Skaggs Jr., Chester Skaggs, Earl Skaggs, and Dickie Skaggs; and three stepchildren, Lisa Rios, Lee Kicklighter, and James Kicklighter.

A celebration of Elmer's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Visitation will take place from 12:00 noon until the time of service at 1:00.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at

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