Raymond Charles

Snell, Jr.

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Raymond Charles Snell, Jr.

Dec 17 1922 - May 05 2009

Raymond Charles Snell, Jr., age 86 of Frisco, Texas, passed away on May 5, 2009 in Frisco. He was born on December 17, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio to Raymond C. and Laura (Stanley) Snell. Ray married Mary Kathryn Parker in Murray, Kentucky on February 11, 1956 and together they had 3 children. He worked as a Financial Manager with the Ford Motor Company. Ray and Mary are active members of the First Baptist Church of Frisco where Ray served as a Deacon. He is survived by his wife, Mary Snell of Frisco, Texas; children, John Parker Snell and his wife, Cherie of Frisco, Texas, Charles Dale Snell and his wife, Karla of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Jennifer Snell Gray and her husband, John of Lewisville, Texas; grandchildren, Hannah Snell, Parker Snell, Nicklaus Snell, Noah Gray, Rachel Gray and Matthew Snell; sisters-in-law, Valentina Snell and Francoise Parker. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Stanley Snell. Ray grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where his grandfather was President of the Cleveland Railroad Company. He attended Rye Country Day Prep School in Rye, New York and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 1943, with a double major in Business and Engineering. Immediately upon completing his studies (and foregoing graduation ceremonies), Ray entered the military. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy. After completing his military service in 1946, Ray started his career at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan. There he met, courted, and married Mary, his secretary. They were married for 53 years. Except for a 4-year stint in Southern California, he spent his entire 33-year career in the Detroit area, retiring in 1980. He and Mary were active members of Columbia Avenue Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan for many years where Ray served as church Treasurer and Deacon. After retiring from Ford, he volunteered as a business consultant at the Baptist State Convention of Michigan until moving to Texas in 1994. Ray was a sports enthusiast. There was always a game on TV at the house. His other interests included a great love for sailing, a passion for the Opera, and doting on his grandchildren. Ray loved Frisco and felt more at home here than anywhere he had lived before. The family will receive friends during a visitation to be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco on Thursday, May 7, 2009 beginning at 6:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 8, 2009 at First Baptist Church of Frisco with Rev. Keith Whitt and Rev. Elwood Larson officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association.
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