Mr. Howard R. Snow, 85, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Bartow, Fla., of heart failure.
Mr. Snow was born in Cortland, Ohio, on Jan. 22, 1927, where he lived for many years, and moved to Lake Wales, Fla., in 2004 after his retirement.
He worked for Wean United in Warren, Ohio, for over 20 years, then going on to retire from the Cortland Bank in 1995. After his retirement from the bank, he worked part-time for Eagle Chevrolet in Hubbard, Ohio, and Greenwood Chevrolet in Youngstown, Ohio.
Mr. Snow served several terms as a Cortland City Councilman, and also served as Council President. He was very active in cross-country and track events as an Ohio High School track official, and was a member of the Youngstown Ski Club and took many trips with them.
Mr. Snow was a fan of all high school sports, and he also had a great love for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
He is a member of the Cortland Christian Church, Cortland, Ohio, Cortland VFW, and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Snow entered the U.S. Navy at 18 years of age and served on the ships USS Colorado and USS Cogswell. While deployed in the South Pacific, he witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Peace with Japan and also witnessed Gen. Douglas MacArthur sign the Japanese surrender document, Instrument of Surrender.
Mr. Snow was a very generous man and gave of himself and to charities as much as possible.
Mr. Snow was preceded in death by his parents, Howard O. Snow and Helen Rice Snow; brothers, Robert Snow, Charles Snow; and sister, Eleanor Snow Payne.
He is survived by his sons, Keith A. Snow and wife Denise, Lake Wales, Fla., Scott E. Snow and wife Marti, Dublin, Ohio; daughter, Holly Snow Elliott and husband Bob, Fort Meade, Fla.; grandchildren, April Snow Evans and husband Eric, Brian Snow and wife Lisa, Kelly Elliott, Ryan Elliott, Dustin Snow, Robby Elliott, Katie Elliott and Tom Snow; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Snow is in a better place, keeping everyone entertained with all of his wonderful stories.
Memorial services will be held in Cortland, Ohio, in late November.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hancockfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Rohr Home, 2120 Marshall Edwards Drive, Bartow FL 33830.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, is in charge of arrangements.