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Official Obituary of

Harry "Randy" Randall Snoke

March 7, 1929 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Harry "Randy" Snoke Obituary

Harry Randall "Randy" Snoke, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on March 5, 2024 in the presence of family and friends. Born on March 7, 1929, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was the cherished son of John Edwin Snoke and Esther T. (Van Buskirk) Snoke Spitznaugle.

In his youth, Randy was surrounded by the love of his family, including his brother, Thomas E. Snoke who survives, and his sisters, Martha Jane Snoke, and Carolyn Lee Brunett, who both preceded him in death. He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength that will continue to inspire those who knew him.

Randy shared 65 wonderful years of marriage with his devoted wife, Mary Marlene (Owen) Snoke, who survives him. Together, they built a life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Their union blessed them with four children: Linda Kay Snoke Connor (Michael Connor deceased), Karen Diane Stearns (married to Larry Stearns), Timothy Alan Snoke (married to Mary Patton Snoke) who survive. Their youngest son, David Duane Snoke (married to Wendy Machelle Smith) preceded him in death.

Randy took great pride in his family, finding joy in the accomplishments and milestones of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His love and guidance will forever resonate in their hearts.

Beyond his roles as a devoted husband and father, Randy was known as a passionate military and civilian aviator who served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard. As a Navy Aircrewman, Randy was awarded the Victory over Japan Award. As an Airforce Officer, Randy flew P-51, F-80, and F-86 fighter aircraft.

Randy also flew vintage and demonstration aircraft in the 1950s. He designed, built, and raced his own aircraft in several National Air Race competitions including the Snoke "Swifty Jr" F1 aircraft. Randy was the founding member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and a lifelong member of the Quiet Birdmen "QB" Fraternal Organization. Additionally, Randy was the original owner and operator of the Ft. Wayne Air Service.

As a professional pilot, Randy's career included flying for Kelly Flight Services and Central Soya Corporation in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Later, he flew for Marathon Oil Corporation in Findlay, Ohio, retiring in 1987 as the Director of Rotary Wing Operations.

Having learned trade skills from his own father, Randy was a craftsman who was also passionate about technology. Whether it was building Heathkits with his sons, writing computer programs, flying drones or driving his Model 3 Tesla, Randy believed that advances in technology were a means by which humanity could be better served. And so, he was ardent about learning new technology, and encouraging others to embrace the best that technology had to offer.

Always an entrepreneur at heart, in 1994 Randy started George House Coffee and Tea in Findlay. He worked on his much beloved coffee business for nearly 30 years before it closed in 2023.

As a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Randy will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith. He touched the lives of many with his warm smile, gentle spirit, and willingness to lend a helping hand.

Harry Randall Snoke lived an extraordinary life. His legacy will live on through the countless lives he has touched and the memories he has created. Though he will be deeply missed, his spirit will continue to shine bright in the hearts of all who knew him.

Visitation will take place from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 4:45pm. On Monday, March 11, 2024, we will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road at 11:00am, with an hour of visitation prior to the mass. Father Adam Hertzfeld will be the celebrant. Burial will take place at Knollcrest Gardens with military rites by the Hancock Veteran's Memorial Squad.

Memorials may be shared in Randy's name to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
March 10, 2024

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home
500 Lima Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840

Recitation of the Rosary
Sunday
March 10, 2024

4:45 PM
Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home
500 Lima Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840

Visitation
Monday
March 11, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church Main Church
750 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
March 11, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church Main Church
750 Bright Road
Findlay, OH 45840

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