La Grande, Oregon
Kenneth Merritt Snowberger, 80, of La Grande, died April 20 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in La Grande.
Mr. Snowberger was born April 6, 1927, to Merritt Kenneth and Vivian (Jameson) Snowberger in Payette, Idaho.
On May 30, 1948, he married Nettie Marie Ring in McPherson, Kan., and they moved to La Grande in 1973.
He loved teaching children and served as a Vacation Bible School teacher and Sunday school teacher. He also worked with the puppet ministry and with the Boy Scouts. His family was very important to him, and he was a caring and nonjudgmental person.
Survivors include his children, Diane Smith of Wichita, Kan., Kathy Snowberger of Bend, Patricia Downing of Hermiston, Daniel Snowberger of Tracy, Calif., and Larry Snowberger of Port Angeles, Wash.; sister, Mildred Whipple of Fruitland, Idaho; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife in October 2005 and a son, David Snowberger, in December 2005.
Memorials may be made to the Sonrise Free Methodist Building Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 28, 2007 Published: April 28, 2007