Delbert L. Snodgrass
Delbert L. Snodgrass

Delbert L. Snodgrass, 80, of Lockwood, Missouri, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013 in the Lockwood Christian Church. Reverend Ron Lake of Lockwood Christian Church will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in the Lockwood Christian Church. Following the service, Del's remains will be cremated with inurnment to follow at a later date in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at 5201 South Southwood in Springfield, Mo. Services are under the care of Lockwood Funeral Chapel.

Delbert was born in Buffalo, Missouri on August 29, 1932. He graduated from Elkland High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Missouri.

For over 36 years, Delbert worked as an Insurance Agent for Shelter Insurance. He invested much of his free time in scouting and community service. He was active in the Lockwood Christian Church for many years, and was a dedicated member of the Lockwood Lions Club. As a former Captain in the United States Air Force, serving as a navigator on the F89, Del naturally gravitated to the American Legion. He held various leadership positions, both at his local Post 372 and at the state level, eventually becoming Missouri State Commander. For 13 years, Del set aside a week of his summer to help host Missouri Boys State. He believed that instilling a sense of duty and patriotism in future generations would create a better America for all.

Delbert married Joanne (Starr) on December 25, 1955. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Joanne Snodgrass of 57 years; five children: Marshall Snodgrass and wife Kristin, Craig Snodgrass and wife Rebecca, Patti McDonough and husband Doug, Joe Snodgrass and wife Teryl, and Ross Snodgrass and wife Susie; his twelve grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his sister, Rosemary Sandwell and husband Bob; his step-brother, Gene Janke and wife Ila; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Delbert is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Beulah Snodgrass; his baby sister, Mildred; and his step-mother, Katherine Snodgrass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 372 in Lockwood, Missouri, Lockwood Christian Church, or Missouri Boys State.

Published by News-Leader on Mar. 21, 2013.
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Dell was a man who never met a stranger. His loss is a loss to everyone who ever knew him.
Fred Hall
April 2, 2013
He will be missed.
Georgia Hare
March 25, 2013
Joanne and family, so sorry about Del's passing. A very caring man will be missed. Lots of good memories. God bless you all.
Bonnie Miller
March 23, 2013
Ross, your daddy sounds like he was a very wonderful man that will be missed by many. I am so very sorry for your loss my friend.. Hope to see you one day soon.
Bridget Prather (Dunham)
March 22, 2013
It won't be the same in Lockwood without Del. We will miss him but day to day reminders will keep him living in our memories.
Your friends, Hubert & Lewalta Stump
March 22, 2013
This was a man you were proud to call friend. He served his family ,country and community to the fullest extent. We were blest to have had him in our life. God be with you all at this time . May your memories bring you smiles and your faith strength during this time.
March 22, 2013
I am very sorry about your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Ellsworth (Simmons)
March 21, 2013
We were sorry to hear about Del. He will be missed by a lot of people. The world has lost a great man. Our condolences. Ralph, Betty and James Bliley Post 464
March 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Snodgrass family. Del had such a servant's heart and selflessly served the whole community. He will be missed by all that knew him. We pray a special measure of God's peace and comfort for you all.
Steve & Kenna Bishop
March 21, 2013
Dear Joanne & Family -- Thoughts & prayers with you following Del's passing . . . I have many fond memories of seeing him in Warrensburg, as he was wrapping up his week at MO Boys State and we were about to start up with MO Girls State. Sincerely -- Erin (Kretzschmar) Nash
Erin Nash
March 21, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Del's passing. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless!
Deborah Hobbs
March 21, 2013
Mr. Del will be missed greatly! Prayers for your family at this time. He was a remarkable man with an amazing legacy. God Bless you and keep you. Hilary, Kevin, Zachary, & Will Austin
Hilary Austin
March 21, 2013
So sorry for your loss. He will greatly be missed. God bless. Fred Cooper and Family
March 21, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with the Snodgrass family.
Fuzzy and Nancy Reid
March 21, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Joanne & family.
I was so sorry to learn of Del's passing. He will be sorely missed in the community. I always enjoyed visiting with him when saw him.
Arletta Batson
March 21, 2013
Joanne what wonderful memories I have of your dear husband. He was loved by everyone for his kind, caring ways. I will be in touch soon. Our love and prayers are with all of you.
Janet Ott Chambers
March 21, 2013
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