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Dick H. Snelling, 84, of Jacksonville, IL, died Thursday, October 27, 2011, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born on March 17, 1927, in rural Knox County, Missouri, the son of Richard P. and Lola K. Snelling. He married Esther E. Roegge, daughter of Edgar and Ruth Roegge, on November 23, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arenzville. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2011.

Mr. Snelling is survived by two sons, R. Neil (wife, Robin) Snelling of Jacksonville and Mark W. (wife, Kathy) Snelling of Mishawaka, IN; one grandson, Mat (wife, Aimee) Snelling of St. Louis; two granddaughters, Brittany (husband, Steve) Nowak and Kayla Snelling, both of Mishawaka, IN; and two great-granddaughters, Grace and Katie Snelling, both of St. Louis. He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Kerry Snelling.

Mr. Snelling graduated from Edina High School in Missouri. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS LC1/234 of the amphibious forces in the latter part of WWII and again during the Korean War at the Naval Air Station on Quajalein in the Marshall Islands. He retired from C.I.P.S. Co (now Ameren) in 1987, after 38 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially camping and traveling. He and his wife traveled throughout the United States and Canada as lifetime members of the International Coachmen Caravan.

Mr. Snelling was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 1379, a member of American Legion Post 279, Elks Lodge 682, and Moose Lodge 865, all of Jacksonville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Williamson Funeral Home with burial and military rites at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Rev. Peter Brechbuhl officiated the service. Music was provided by Terri Benz and Mike and Kathleen Wilson. Pallbearers were Matt Snelling, Carl Moran, Joe Goben, Rusty Smith, John Turner and Ron Moon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Woodhaven Hospice, The American Cancer Society, or Salem Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left online at