LAKE WALES, FLA. - Howard R. Snow, 85, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Bartow, Fla., of heart failure.
Mr. Snow was born in Cortland on Jan. 22, 1927, where he lived for many years. He moved to Lake Wales in 2004 after his retirement.
He worked for Wean United in Warren for more than 20 years, and retired from the Cortland Bank in 1995. After his retirement from the bank, he worked part-time for Eagle Chevrolet in Hubbard and Greenwood Chevrolet in Youngstown. 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 sports fan of all high school sports, and he also had a great love for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a member of Cortland Christian Church and the Cortland VFW.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Snow entered the U.S. Navy at 18 years of age and served on the USS Colorado and USS Cogswell. While deployed in the South Pacific, he witnessed the signing of the peace treaty 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.
He is survived by his sons, Keith A. (Denise) Snow of Lake Wales and Scott E. (Marti) Snow of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, Holly (Bob) Snow Elliott of Fort Meade, Fla.; grandchildren, April ( Eric) Snow Evans, Brian (Lisa) Snow, 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.
His family would like to say that he is in a better place, keeping everyone entertained with all of his wonderful stories.
Mr. Snow was preceded in death by his parents, Howard O. Snow and Helen Rice Snow; brothers, Robert Snow and Charles Snow; and a sister, Eleanor Snow Payne.
Memorial services will be held in Cortland 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.
Arrangements handled by Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, Fla. 863-285-8171.