Bill passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in Mansfield. He was 49.
Born William Ray Snavely on Jan. 25, 1961, in Mount Vernon, he was the son of Richard Eugene “Dick” and Norma Lee (Ledbetter) Snavely, and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1979. He went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years with service on Okinawa, earning Rifleman Marksman Badge, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Meritorious Mast. He remained a member of AMVETS Post 95, Mount Vernon.
Bill had most recently been living in Mount Vernon and working as detail manager with John Hinderer Honda in Heath, and previously worked as an industrial painter with UMD in Fredericktown. An avid golfer, Bill played on golf leagues, enjoyed camping and following NACSAR — notably his favorite driver Kasey Kahne. He enjoyed riding his Honda motorcycle, sitting ’round a bonfire, and playing the guitar — though he was probably better on air-guitar!
It didn’t take an occasion for Bill to gather his family: “Hi, this is brother Bill — what’s going on?” — for he loved and treasured his family, cherished his beautiful wife and doted on his pudgy mutt Star (his canine companion worthy of McNuggets!).
Bill was a capable and helping “brother” to all, blessed with a personae of care and humor, which, through the highs and through the lows could always communicate: “Love You.”
He is survived by his wife, Sue (Robey) Snavely, whom he married June 27, 2009; sons, Rusty and Cory; his parents, Dick and Norma Lee Snavely of Mount Vernon; brothers, sisters and their spouses, Tom Snavely of Casa Grande, Ariz., Dick and Debbie Snavely of Lexington, Loren Eugene and Marie Duck of Largo, Fla., Sandy Rine and Dale Hollis of Newark, Bob and Nancy Duck of Harrisburg, N.C., and Terri and Jim Parrish of Westerville; brother-in-law, Terry Robey and fiancée Patricia Boggs of Harrison, Tenn.; 11 nieces and nephews; aunts, Betty Payne and Juanita Lunn, both of Mount Vernon; his best friend, Bob Pagani, along with numerous great friends.
The Snavely family will receive friends Sunday, May 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield (419-884-1711) where his funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. His brother-in-law, Jim Parrish, will speak. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.
To honor Bill, contributions in his memory may be made to the Bill Snavely Memorial Fund, and may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Snavely family, and condolences to them may be made online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.