On Monday October 7, 2019 we lost an original. Kenneth David Snook was his own man - a raconteur, patriot, fighter, irascible and most of all, honorable. He was his own man - like it or not. He was born in Huntingdon County and lived most of his life in Union County. The greatest achievement of his young life was riding his Indian motorbike to California and staying there to work. Ken graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1951. In 1952 Ken joined the United State Army and served honorably for two years. He did not ship to Korea but was chosen to teach at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Ken returned to Union County after discharge and spent the rest of his life there. Ken worked as a cabinetmaker at Yorktowne in Mifflinburg. Ken joined the Pennsylvania National Guard along with his best friend "Moose" Leitzel and served another 20 years as a soldier. In his dress blues he led the Color Guard of Co. A/3 - 109 Inf PA National Guard. Ken even tried to reenlist after 9/11. Always a soldier.
After retiring from Yorktowne, Ken began the pursuit of the love of his later life - Civil War reenacting. Ken joined an artillery battery and rose to the rank of an officer - a Lieutenant. Ken loved taking the field and was active in Dearing's Battery out of Boalsburg, PA. Ken also served in Cooper's Battery out of Sunbury. He loved marching in parades and discussing the artillery with young and old at reenactments. Ken helped raise money for the beautiful statue commemorating the founding of Memorial Day. During the last two years Ken switched to the winning side and joined an infantry unit, the 3rd MD Co. D. Ken was named Soldier of the Year for his dedication. Ken loved his Yuengling (the only real beer), his farm and his country. His accomplishments include: civil war author, craftsman of wooden spoons, actor in civil war movies as well as being an incredible cook - Ken loved living, touched many lives and will be missed forever.
Ken was a member of several organizations- he was a 50-year member of the Moose and the American Legion and an active member of The Sons of Union Veterans and The Friends of Gettysburg.
Ken will be missed by his loving wife, Linda, his stepdaughter, Laura, her husband, Robert, and his faithful best friend, Mishap. Survivors include: Ruth Pioch, Elizabeth Klose, Ted Snook and wife Elaine, Wilma Leitzel, Don Snook and wife Barb, and Rose Snook. Ken was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Joseph, Wilbur and Harry. A host of loving nieces and nephews will also miss Ken.
Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019 and from 11 -1 pm on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Adamo's Funeral Home, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg, where to funeral will be held at 1 with Pastor Butch Woolsey, officiating.
Interment with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post 910 and VFW Post 1964 both of Mifflinburg, will be in Lincoln Chapel Cemetery.
Donations in Ken's memory may be made to Saint Jude's, Moose Heart, Sons of Union Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project.
To share in Ken's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals • Cremations • Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
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