Curtis Snow

03/15/1929 — 03/19/2024

From Richland, WA | Born in Vernon, TX

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Celebration of Life

Starts:
Mon, April 1, 2024, 1:00 pm
Ends:
Mon, April 1, 2024, 2:00 pm
Location:
Einan’s at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA US 99352

Graveside Service

Starts:
Mon, April 1, 2024, 2:00 pm
Ends:
Mon, April 1, 2024, 3:00 pm
Location:
Cemetery at Sunset
915 By-Pass Hwy Richland, WA US 99352
(509) 946-0803

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Curtis Snow
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Curtis Snow

Curtis Snow passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning on March 19, 2024. He had officially turned 95 years old just four days prior.

He was born March 15, 1929 on a farm in Vernon, Texas to James Aaron and Sarah Rebecca Snow. He was born into a large and loving christian family. He had seven brothers and two sisters. He was his parent’s seventh son. His father sold the Texas farm in 1931 and the family moved to a farm in-between Heber Springs and Pangburn, Arkansas. This is where he spent the rest of his happy childhood and he loved to share so many stories of his adventures. His family was musical and he learned to play the guitar and sing as a child.

Curtis was 20 years old when he left Arkansas with his young family and settled in Richland, Washington. He went to work for the Richland Schools as a maintenance worker at Spaulding Elementary. Over the years, he worked his way up to Building Foreman and opened the Jason Lee Elementary School and later Hanford School. The last 10 years of his career he was the Maintenance Supervisor over all of the Richland Schools. He retired after 33 years of service. Curtis was also a talented auto mechanic. While working at the schools, he also worked part-time as an auto mechanic at the Westgate Conoco in Richland. After he retired from the schools, he continued his mechanic work part-time from his home until he was in his mid-80’s.

On August 18, 1974, Curtis married the love of his life, Edith. They were married almost 47 years when Edith passed away in 2021. He said that they were the best years of his life. They had a full and happy life together. They loved spending time with their kids, grandkids and eventually great-grandkids and were always very loving and supportive. They enjoyed camping in their RV with their family, the roving Elks group, and just the two of them. They especially enjoyed trips to the Oregon Coast and celebrated their wedding anniversary there each year.

Curtis was a very active member of the Richland Masonic Lodge. He served as Worshipful Master of the Richland Lodge in 1975. He also served as their chaplain for 36 years. He was a life member of Richland Lodge 283. He was also a life member of the Kennewick Scottish Rite Masons. He and Edith also both served a term as Worth Patron and Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star.

Curtis was also a proud Shriner. He was a life member of the Masada Shrine in Yakima. For years he spent many weekends participating in parades all over the area. He started out carrying a flag and eventually started riding a miniature motorcycle with a group of cyclers. The kids loved to see them come by with candy. Every year he sold a record number of tickets at Walmart for the Shriner’s Circus, which supports the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Curtis started playing his long forgotten guitar again after he married Edith. They both shared a love of country music. He formed a band and they named themselves The Tricities Playboys. For many years, they particularly enjoyed playing at the many retirement homes in the area. They also performed at the County fair and church.

Curtis was a very kind, funny and humble man who never met a stranger. He made friends wherever he went. At 95 years of age, so many of his friends and family had already passed away and we know he that must be so happy to be reunited with them again, especially his true love Edith and his children. Those of us left behind are so grateful to have had him in our lives and will carry him with us in our hearts.

Curtis was predeceased by his wife Edith Snow, daughter Donna Snow, son Ronny Snow, daughter Robyn Snow, step-son Gary Potts and his seven brothers and two sisters.

Curtis is survived by his step-daughter Kathy Reynolds (Mark), step-daughter Ciana Rapha, Granddaughter Nicole Champ (Brian), Granddaughter Kari Reynolds-Winiarczyk (Andrew), Grandson Scott Reynolds, Granddaughter Sarah Snow, Grandson Spencer Snow, Granddaughter Valerie Fauci (Bob), Granddaughter Desiree Bravenec, and many great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Einans at Sunset on Monday, April 1, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with a graveside service to follow.

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  • My Grandpa Buddy Snow used to tell stories about his brother Keat. I never knew of him as Curtis, just Keat. I am glad he lived a long and full life, it’s clear he loved and was loved by his family.

    Derrick Snow
    April 8, 2024
    Mission Viejo, California
  • To our last Uncle “Keat” we will miss our monthly phone conversations with you. Today we are listening to your CD you gave us to enjoy on our last trip to visit you. We will always remember the smile on your face when we surprised you driving to your house. Keat was always the same person each time we talked and talked about Pine Snag. The stories are real about a family that loved each other even though the miles were many. The love was always there! In our hearts now and always, Avil and Regina ,The Daughters of Alvin and Norma Snow

    Avil and Regina Snow
    April 1, 2024
    Pine Snag, Arkansas
  • He is one of the kindest people on this earth and lived a full life and his wife also just best people who I would ever meet. Could talk to him all day

    Gary Snow
    March 31, 2024
    Heber Springs Arkansas
  • My most fondest memories as a child included my grandpa. I remember watching the Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw. As a child I sang with him. He always had me sing the song Beautiful Brown Eyes. He is the reason I love country music, especially good old country. There was a time he and grandma took me and my sister to Jump Off Joe to go camping. The lake was full of turtles. I remember being on the dock one morning and he reach down and caught me a turtle the size of a silver dollar. As a kid I always knew I could call when I needed him. He would always there. He was the grandpa above all others. Still to this day when I am listening to Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette I think of him. He could hear a song and the just play it. I will miss him, but am happy he is able to be with my grandma and his children.

    Desiree Bravenec
    March 31, 2024
    Wilbur, Wa
  • I just got my 1929 Modal A and I knew nothing about it. Some body told me about Curtis and I called him up and he said yes I will help you. Wow he showed me how to adjust the brake and the greasing the the joints. You will be surprised on how many their is. There open cups that you put oil in and he gave me a Education on it that I will never for get. I still have the modal A and he gave me the grease gun that I still have. It was so happy to work on it and told me to by anytime I needed help.. He was really cool guy. I wont forget him….

    Jim Butcher
    March 30, 2024
    Richland
  • The family of Buddy and Oleta Snow would like to show our love for our Uncle Keat. We always looked forward to those summer visits he made to Arkansas. Carolyn, Brooks, Dian, Martha and Gary.

    Dian Yates
    March 30, 2024
    Heber Springs, Arkansas
  • Condolences on the loss of your loving father, grandfather and great grandfather! Love to you all!

    Emily Schlecht
    March 29, 2024
  • Curtis was a truly wonderful man and friend. My condolences to his family.

    Joe Holt
    March 27, 2024
    Richland
  • My Grandfather was a Godly man who led by example. I will always be proud of him and the times I spent with him I will cherish always. Thank you Grandpa.

    Ron Portwine

    Ronald Portwine
    March 27, 2024
    Fort Worth, Texas
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