Thomas Foster Snouffer, 89, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, of Alzheimer's at Monticello Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Deercreek, Okla., to H.O. and Lela Snouffer.
He served his country in WWII and completed 16 missions in B-14 and B-17 aircraft, being shot down near the end of the European War, where he and his crew survived being held in a German prisoner of war camp for a brief time. During his combat service, Tom received medals such as the Bronze Star, Oak Clusters, an Air Medal and a Presidential Citation. He retired from active service to inactive service in 1958. He was an unabashed patriot from his early years to the time of his death.
Thereafter, Tom was briefly employed as a crop-duster and later turned his love of flying into a position as executive pilot for the natural gas industry. It was a trip to Idaho Falls involving that position when he decided the beauty of Idaho and its surrounding area was where he wanted to live.
He moved his wife and family from Ottawa, Kan., in 1957, where he owned and operated his electrical contracting business, Snouffer Electric. In 1979, after suffering a heart attack, he retired from his electrical business and worked briefly in real estate.
During his lifetime in Idaho, Tom was active in the Civitan Club, where he was honored with the Civitan of the Year Award in 1968-1969. He was also active in the Bonneville County Sheriff's Jeep Patrol for many years.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed golf and flying remote control model airplanes. He enjoyed life in general.
Tom is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; a son, Thomas Snouffer Jr. of Idaho Falls; and a daughter, Jann (Tom) Neiers-Squires of Boise; two grandchildren, Scott (Traci) Snouffer of Thornton, Colo., and Brindon Neiers of Boise; and four great-grandchildren, Easton, Quinton, Blake and Arianna.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Mike; and his sister, Izetta.
His family wishes to thank the staff of Monticello Assisted Living for their loving attention to Tom during his stay at their facility.
Per Tom's wishes, graveside services will be in Colony, Kan., at a later date.
We have no doubt that he would wish his friends to simply remember him.