Ray J. Snavely

October 22, 1923 - September 25, 2011 

Ray J. Snavely

October 22, 1923 - September 25, 2011 

Obituary for Ray J. Snavely

Ray J.(Bud) Snavely, Jr. was born October 22, 1923 to Ray and Lillian (Nowland) Snavely in Woodston, KS and departed his life on September 25, 2011 at Parkview Nursing Center, Osborne, KS.

Bud graduated from Woodston Rural High School in 1941 and entered the Army that same year. He served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, during which he was stationed in Japan and the Aleutian Islands.

On February 27, 1946, he married Ida Christensen at Bandon, Manitoba, Canada. He met Ida while on R&R in Canada. They resided in Woodston until 1975. While in Woodston, Bud owned a dirt contracting and terracing business, along with an asphalting crew. He prided himself in telling stories about all the basements he had dug around Rooks, Osborne and Russell counties. In 1975 he went to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where he worked until his retirement in 1988. He was the contracting engineer for the expansion of housing and maintenance building for the Army base at Ft. Riley. He earned many service commendations during his career with the Corps of Engineers.

After his retirement, Bud and Ida enjoyed traveling to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to join friends for the summer months, living in their motor home. Bud enjoyed watching K-State sports, the Kentucky Derby, which he and Ida attended in 1974, along with watching and attending horse racing in general.

Bud was a lifetime member of the Monroe-Taylor-Barnes VFW Post #8873 in Stockton and enjoyed visiting with friends in Rooks County when he returned to Stockton to live in 2006.

Bud chose a special friend, Dorothy Dibble, after returning to Rooks County and they traveled to Alaska on a cruise with Dorothy, Sheri and Jim Dibble in 2007. In 2010 he was unable to live alone and entered the Parkview Manor and Dorothy spent many hours with him.

Bud and Ida had two special pets Tuddie and Doc that were their “children”. They spent many holidays with family in Woodston and the nieces and nephews have many fond memories of the kite flying, trips to get parts for the equipment, and celebrations of the family.

He is survived by his sister, Maxine Dibble of Stockton and nieces Linda Nicholas, Valley Center, KS; Lucille Dibble, Salina, KS; Helen Marie Smith, Sacramento, CA and Ramona Dibble, Tonganoxie, KS and nephews Max Dibble, Phillipsburg, KS; and Bill Dibble, Woodston, KS. He was preceded in death by his wife Ida in 2005, his parents, sister Emma Mae Snavely and brother-in-law Dale Dibble.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton with Reverend Lyle Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Woodston Cemetery with military honors provided by the Monroe-Taylor-Barnes VFW Post #8873. Visitation will be from 9-8 Wednesday and from 9 – service time Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkview Care Center, the Monroe-Taylor-Barnes VFW Post #8873, or to Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family on our send your condolences link.

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