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William Snowden

Traverse City, Michigan

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SUTTONS BAY — William Snowden, 86, of Suttons Bay, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Tendercare Health Center of Leelanau.

Bill was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Deckerville, the son of John and Hattie (Colgon) Snowden. On April 30, 1942, in Port Huron, he married his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Lee Tipkey. She preceded him in death on Aug. 27, 1993.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European and North African theaters of combat. PFC Snowden was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received while serving as a truck driver and anti tank crewman.

After the service, Bill worked for and retired from General Motors after 20 years as a skilled grinder.

In his leisure time he was an avid outdoorsman. Bill loved hunting coon, deer and fishing for big pike in Canada. He would also take trips to Florida for deep sea fishing. Bill loved his coon hounds Red, Boomer, Star, Cagney and Lacey; and his rabbit hounds, Jack and Bandit.

Bill is survived by his three children, Leanne Snowden of Suttons Bay, William (Linnie) Snowden of Mount Pleasant, Walter (Beverly) Snowden of Harrison; two siblings, Melvin Snowden and Catherine Rieker; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Blanche, Genevieve, Hubert and Andrew.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Covenanter "Ray" Cemetery in Fremont, Ind.

Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice.

Michigan and Indiana arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

This obituary was originally published in the Record-Eagle.

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BILL WAS A LONG TERM CUSTOMER AT AIRWAY OXYGEN. I ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS FISHING STORIES. HE INVITED ME TO COME OUT FISHING MANY TIMES IN SUTTONS BAY AND LIFE WAS SO BUSY I NEVER MADE IT. I REALLY WISH I HAD. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.

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