Col. William “Bill” M. Snow, Jr. (USAF Ret.)
FORT COLLINS, CO. – Colonel William “Bill” M. Snow, Jr. USAF Retired, a man of honor, died peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado after a ten year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Waycross, Georgia to William and Iva Lee Snow, Bill was a graduate of Douglas High School, in Douglas, Georgia. In his desire to serve his Country, Bill attended the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland graduating in 1957.
Due to his love of flying, Bill transferred to the Air Force to defend his country as a fighter pilot. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. After graduating from pilot training, he married his college sweetheart, Faye Quarterman Snow. Subsequently, Bill earned his Air Intercept Pilot designation serving at Kincheloe AFB, MI and Elmendorf AFB, AK where he pulled air defense alert and practiced air intercepts while keeping the northern tier of the United States secure from attack. Bill then trained for the F-105 and transitioned to Takhli, Thailand where he valiantly completed 160 combat missions in 360 days in the F-105 “Thunderchief.” Upon returning home from Viet Nam, he attended graduate school at the University of Southern California earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. After being awarded his graduate degree, he was assigned to Strategic Air Command Headquarters (SAC HQ) at Offutt AFB, NE. Following his SAC HQ assignment as a Civil Engineer, Bill was selected to attend the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL graduating in 1975. Bill excelled in and enjoyed his Civil Engineering assignments at Anderson AFB, Guam and Pease AFB, NH thereby enabling him to become the Base Civil Engineer at Barksdale AFB, LA from which he retired in February 1984.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and numerous other honors. After his Air Force career, Bill embarked on a rewarding second career as part of the Shreveport based Commercial Real Estate firm U.L. Coleman Companies.
Throughout his life, Bill lived a life serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was active in Airline Baptist Church serving in many capacities such as Adult Sunday School teacher, Faith Evangelism leader, and Chair of Deacons. He enjoyed woodworking and crafted an artistically beautiful violin which produced rich, melodious music. Bill also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and was an avid runner and exercise enthusiast. His strong, gentle, and kind nature was evident to all who knew him. He was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Faye Quarterman Snow; son, William M. Snow, III; and his parents. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary R. Snow of Bossier City, LA; his son, Mark W. Snow and wife, Betsy C. Snow of Shreveport, LA; daughters, Colonel Deidre E. Briggs, USAF Retired and husband Lt. Col. Kenneth L. Briggs, USA Retired of Fort Collins, CO; Suzanne L. Bundrick and husband Dr. John B. Bundrick of Rochester, MN; Deborah F. Lacey and husband David J. Lacey of Fort Collins, CO; his sister, Sue Whidden and husband Jim Whidden of Nashville, GA; and grandchildren, Sarah C. Bundrick of Shreveport, LA; Hannah L. Bundrick of Rochester, MN; Mary E. Bundrick of Rochester, MN, Elizabeth M. Lacey of Fort Collins, CO; Catherine E. Lacey of Fort Collins, CO; Taylor Lee and his wife Heather of Lake Charles, La; and Ellen and Avery Grimshaw of Shreveport, La.
Services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel, 601 Highway 80, Haughton, LA 71037. Rev. Harrell Shelton will be presiding. Interment with full military honors will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will accept visitors from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the funeral home.
Donations in memory of Colonel William M. Snow, Jr. USAF Retired may be made to Airline Baptist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association , or to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research.
Condolences may be shared at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com