Gerald L Snow, 64, suffered a cardiac arrest on July 2, 2014 and passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on July 5, 2014 His final resting place will take place at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at a later date. Gerry was born on October 29, 1949 in Salinas, CA to James and Doris Snow. After attending Salinas High School he traveled the world when he joined the United States Army at the age of 21. He served from West to East coast and Europe. He served in the Vietnam War from May 1971 to February 1972. Gerry fell in love with Alaska after two duty tours, first in 1978 at Ft. Wainwright and at in 1984 at Ft. Richardson where he would later retire in 1990. During his retired years he would spend his time entertaining family and friends at his home in Glennallen, AK and the Glennallen Lodge. Gerry enjoyed watching the original Star Trek series (1966) and loved NECCO candy. His family wrote: "Dad loved wearing VFW Buddy Poppy in his hat and shirt. Dad received the name Papa from first born grandchild Ansley which became his name. Dad loved giving "Bear Hugs", as he called them, to his grandkids. Snow children called dad "Daddy Bear" growing up. Dad enjoyed taking Snow children camping and on "forest marches", as mom would call them, in Big Sur, CA. Snow Kids will cherish great memories with Dad. Dad loved to travel during retirement but Glennallen, AK was always his home, calling it "God's Country". Dad enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and living the Alaskan life. Dad loved the song "North to Alaska" The "Mendeltna Snowman" will be truly missed by all who knew him and received his great generosity and love.." Gerry is survived by his daughter Nunee Snow; sons Gerald Jr, Jeffrey S and Dana G Snow; three sisters; his brother; nine grandchildren; and many longtime military friends and families and loving Alaskan friends. He is preceded in death by his former wife Diana Snow; and his mother and father. Gerry was a life member of VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River, AK, DAV Chapter Mat-Su #3 and the American Legion Post 27 in Glennallen, AK. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla, AK. Condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 772053 Eagle River, AK 99577. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider a donation be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at www.vfw.org/Contribute/ Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 11, 2014