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Richard O. Snow, 82, of the Pointe at Adams Ridge, formerly of Ross Township, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

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By Jerry Vondas
Friday, March 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Richard Snow understood he had to work hard to make a name for himself.

After graduating from New Castle High School in 1948, Mr. Snow worked two years in a candy factory to earn the tuition to enter Grove City College, said his daughter, Kimberly Gibson of McCandless.

“And during the four years that Dad attended Grove City College, he sold sandwiches in the dormitory and worked as a waiter in the dining hall to earn his tuition,” she said.

Richard O. Snow of the Pointe at Adams Ridge in Mars, formerly of Ross and a retired administrative manager for Alcoa, died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 82.

Mr. Snow played football for Grove City, where he earned the title “60 Minute Offensive and Defensive Bulwark” because of his ability to play offense and defense, said his daughter.

“And he never forgot many of the members of his fraternity, who, like him, devoted their lives to the service of others,” she said.

After graduating from college, where he was a member of the ROTC, Mr. Snow went on active duty at the Lake Forest Air Force Station in Lake City, Tenn. There, in 1956, he met and married Betty Childress, a woman who joined her husband in his numerous commitments to their Methodist faith.

Upon locating in Ross, the Snows spent 45 years as members of Ingomar United Methodist Church, where they taught Sunday school. “Dad loved children and volunteered with groups dedicated to improving the lives of children in poverty areas throughout the world, such as Global Links and World Vision,” Gibson said.

“And he could also be found volunteering in the New Hope soup kitchen in the North Side.”

Mr. Snow knew how to have fun, said his daughter. At the Pointe at Adams Ridge development, Mr. Snow was king of the Thursday Night Corn (bean bag) Toss Group and a member of the One Man and Ladies Card Club.

In addition to his daughter, Kimberly, Mr. Snow is survived by his daughters, Kathy Williams of McCandless and Cindy Samuelson, of Alexandria, Va.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2007.

Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in H.P. Brandt Funeral Home Inc., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road.

Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or

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