John Robert Snowberger

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  • "R.I.P Uncle John My condolances to the family, love you all."
    - Catherine Lisa Helgeson Cronk
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John Robert Snowberger, 80, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 26, 2010. He was born in Waynesboro, Pa., and was the only child of Chester and Cora (nee Stewart) Snowberger. His father and paternal grandfather owned and operated the oldest General Motors car dealerships in the world until they were sold in the 1970s.

John attended Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., through the 12th grade. He attended Columbia Business College between his ninth and 10th grades. He attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he was, among other things, the captain of the varsity wrestling, tennis and football teams. He was starting quarterback for the football team.

John transferred and graduated in 1953 from Houghton College in western New York where he met his wife, Charlotte. They married that same year and lived in Michigan where John attended the General Motors executive training program. After military service during the Korean conflict, John attended Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., graduating in 1959, and then attended the graduate division of the School of Law, New York University.

John had a distinguished legal career. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He was a member of the American Trial Lawyers of America and International Trial Lawyers associations. He practiced international law with his law firm in Phoenix, Ariz., which he founded and was senior partner. John traveled worldwide during his professional career. He was an exceptional and gifted attorney and envoy.

John received numerous awards during his career, professional and otherwise, including being selected Alumnus of the Year in 1971 by the Houghton College Alumni Association. He also attended the Naval War College at the request of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

John and his wife of 54 years, Charlotte Ann (nee Owen) had six children and made their home in Phoenix for more than 40 years. John, Charlotte, and their daughter, Gay Nell, moved to Montana in 2002. Charlotte and Gay preceded him in death. His son, four daughters, nine grandchildren, one daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law survive him.

Private family services were held with interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Arrangements were in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service;

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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2011
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