Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ DONALD SNEDEKER
Donald Hayes SNEDEKER, the son of John Newell and Jennie HAYES SNEDEKER, was born Oct. 9, 1911 on a farm near Hatfield,
Missouri, and departed this life on Dec. 20, 1983 at the Ringgold County hospital at the age of 72 years, two months and
11 days after a lengthy illness.
Donald, better known as Mickey to his friends and family, attended school and graduated
from Hatfield, Missouri. He then attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, before moving to Creston, Iowa, and
working for the Armour Co. He came to Mount Ayr as a yong man in 1931 and started in the dairy business and later engaged
in the restaurant business for several years. He later became involved in livestock buying and did so until his health wouldn't
permit. He enjoyed the company of small children and his grandchildren to pass the time.
On July 18, 1932 he was
united in marriage to Maxine TERWILLIGER and to this union was born four children, Norma Kay, John Mack, Donald William
and Marilyn Elaine.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Jennie SNEDEKER and one sister,
Hazel, in childhood.
In July of 1983 he accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized into Christ.
Left to cherish
his memory are his wife, Maxine; one brother, John Newell (Pat) SNEDEKER and wife Ruth of Springfield, Missouri;
daughters Norma Kay and husband Eugene RECTOR of Northglenn, Colorado and Marilyn and husband Gerald CANNON of Mount
Ayr; sons John of Mount Ayr and Donald and wife Judy of Des Moines; eight grandchildren, Michael RECTOR and wife
Michelle, Karen JACKSON and Rhona of Northglenn, Colorado, Gregg CANNON and wife Debbie and Tammy CANNON of Mount Ayr,
David SNEDEKER of St. Joseph, Missouri, Eric SNEDEKER of Des Moines, Iowa, and DannY SNEDEKER of Mount Ayr. Also
two stepgrandsons, William Spencer POWELL of Oklahoma City, Okla. and James Thomas POWELL; five great-grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Wilson-Watson
Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with the Rev. Paul CARTER and the Rev. Phil KINTON officiating. Music was provided by Mrs.
Robert THOMAS and Arlen HUGHES. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.
Casketbearers were Bob SMITH,
Jack MOORE, Carl RIGGS, Bob LOUDON, Max McGEHEE and Dale SCHLAPIA, and honorary pallbearers were Nick DUROS, F. B. MALOY,
Vern RINEHART, F. E. McNEILEY, Ronald SHIELDS, Steve MITCHELL and Homer McCLINTOCK."LIFE IS ETERNAL", the
Good Lord Said,
So do not think of your loved one as dead -
For death is only a stepping stone
To a beautiful
life we have never known,
A place where GOD promised man he would be
Eternally happy and safe and free,
A wonderful land where we live anew
When our journey on earth is over and through -
So trust in GOD and doubt
For all who love HIM live forever,
And while we cannot understand
Just let the SAVIOUR take your hand,
FOr when DEATH'S ANGEL come to call
"GOD is so Great and we're so small."
And there is nothing you need to
For FAITH IN GOD makes all things clear.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2012
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