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David Snell

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On May 10, 2016 @ 8:52 am In 2016,Obituaries,Uncategorized | 7 Comments

After a short and courageous battle with cancer, David H. Snell was 65 years old, when he passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, with his family present at his bedside at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, MN. He was a resident of Lydia, MN.

David’s life will be honored with a Celebration of Life Service on Friday, May 13, at 11 am, led by Pastor Brent Parrish, with a time of gathering starting at 9:30 am, all at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Fish Lake, 20200 Fairlawn Avenue, Prior Lake, MN. His nephews Jeff Will, Kevin Gruetzmacher, Tim Will, Mark Gruetzmacher, Brian Snell and Brad Snell will act as pallbearers. Lifelong friend, Doug Jasmer will be an honorary bearer, with David’s nephew Brent Snell as his heavenly bearer. He will be laid to rest at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Prior Lake, MN.

Edwin and Dora (Grapper) Snell, proudly announced the birth of David Henry Snell, who was born on September 5, 1950, in New Prague, MN.  The younger brother to Betty, Barb and Doug, the children all grew up in the small town of Lydia, MN. As a young boy, David took a fond interest in hunting. It did not matter what type of hunting. His rule of hunting was…if it moved, it could and would be shot!!! When David wasn’t in the woods, he also enjoyed participating in sports. David liked to play baseball, softball and was a good wrestler for the Jordan High School, where he later graduated in 1968.

After completing high school. David proudly enlisted and served in the United States Army Reserves. He fulfilled his reserve duty from 1969 to 1975. Working various jobs at first, David nestled in a job with the Prior Lake/Savage School District. Over those years, he was responsible for the maintenance of the buildings and grounds for the entire district. A job he took seriously and was proud to serve the Prior Lake community until retiring just a few years ago.

Through mutual friends, David was introduced to Kim Ernst. They later eloped and married in 1972. From this union, David was blessed with a precious baby boy they named, Derick. Unfortunately, his parents parted ways in 1975. Regardless, they were still able to spend quality time together. Derick would tag along and watch David’s softball games. Countless hours were spent playing catch and teaching Derick the craft of playing ball. After the sun would set, David and Derick would head out to the woods in search of the coon. During the day light hours, they were always on the hunt of the next prey. As Derick grew up, David was once again there teaching him the moves of wrestling and cheering him on in the stands. He watched him graduate and became most proud becoming a grandpa to two special granddaughters, Samantha and Alexandra. David relished the time spent with the girls.

An avid outdoorsman, David was always sporting the camo wear. His passion of hunting and fishing continued throughout his life. David became quite competitive in sporting clays at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club. He won many, many trophies and awards over the years in different tournaments with in the local region. When he wasn’t hunting or competing, David was in the basement reloading tens of thousands shot gun shells. In his spare time, he too was a mentor to many youth and young men wanting to learn the skills of sporting clays. David also like to do summer and winter fishing at the area lakes. He could be found in the garage working on wood projects and refinishing furniture. If it wasn’t a gun, a fishing rod or a brush, David always had a tool in his hand tinkering on something.  In later years, he found great companionship with his black lab, Smoky, by his side.

David’s legacy will live on in his only child and son, Derick (Christina Burns) Snell; beloved granddaughters, Samantha and Alexandra Snell; devoted siblings, Betty Gruetzmacher, Barb (Warren) Will, Doug (Carol) Snell; lifelong friend, Doug Jasmer; four legged friend, Smoky the dog; many relatives and friends.

There to greet David home in heaven are his parents, Edwin and Dora Snell; brother-in-law, Myron Gruetzmacher and nephew, Brent Snell.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, Jordan Chapel proudly cared and served the Snell family.  www.ballardsunderfuneral.com

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Condolence from Darla on May 10th, 2016 5:51 pm

I’m soo sorry for your loss. Each of us will hold him in our hearts forever. I have beautiful memories of the times we spent together. Take care of yourselves now and know that you are loved just as he was.

Condolence from Lee and Pam Busse on May 11th, 2016 8:14 am

So very sorry to read of Dave’s passing. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from John and Peggy Kling on May 12th, 2016 9:23 am

Doug and Carol
Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow and sending Heartfelt Sympathy to You.

Condolence from Bill Semrau on May 12th, 2016 5:23 pm

Very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave and I were often teamed together at sporting clays events and always enjoyed each other’s company – a gentleman shooter. My condolences to you.

Condolence from Darwin R Preuss on June 13th, 2016 9:28 pm

I m so sorry to hear of the passing of a childhood friend. I did not know until this weekend. Living in NY we don’t get news from home much here. Dave,Doug Jasmer,and I spent alot of time hunting, fishing,softball,baseball, camping, we did most everything. I was able to see Dave a few years back when I was home for my fathers passing. We enjoyed a few beers together. He will be greatly missed! my heart goes out to the family. Lost a good friend, ran around Lydia all our childhood!! My prayers will be with him.

Condolence from Pam Johnson/Walter on June 28th, 2016 1:14 pm

I am so saddened by this news. Dave was 1 year ahead of me in school, and I remember him as a very fun and vibrant person with an wonderful sense of humor. Such a grievous loss. He was far too young. I cannot even begin to understand what his family is going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to son Derick and the rest of his family.

Condolence from Connie Smith on June 29th, 2016 7:49 am

I am so sorry to hear that Dave has passed. I knew him from high school days and last saw him a few years back when he did some work on my house in St. Paul. It was a fluke thing running into him again after all those years.
With sincere sympathy,
Connie Davis (Smith)

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