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Kenneth Wayne Snelling, 95 years, of Excelsior Springs, MO, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Liberty Hospital

He was born on Sunday, July 18, 1926, in Tindall, Missouri, the son of the late Sylvester and the late Dortha (née Roop) Snelling.

Kenneth served in WWII in the Navy on the USS Puget Sound CVE 113. He went on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

He married Shirley Geosling on August 25, 1956. They remained married until Shirley died on March 27, 2015. Together they had one son, Troy.

He worked for Ford Motor Company in Kansas City, from 1948 to 1978. He built engines for most of his career at Ford. He retired from Ford in 1978. After he left Ford, he worked on cars and tractors until 2005. He was a 50-year member of Clay Lodge # 207 AF&AM. He was also an active team roper for many years.

Survivors Include: Troy Snelling, son, of Excelsior Springs, MO; Phyllis Bowman, daughter; Grace Parsons, sister, of Chillicothe, MO; Joan Leslie, sister, of Raytown, MO; Larry Snelling, brother, of Higginsville, MO; Linda (Don) Campbell, sister-in-law, of Excelsior Springs, MO; and many nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly.

Visitation was held Monday, August 23, 2021, at 6 pm – 7:30 pm, with the Masonic Service to be held from 7:30 – 8pm at Salem Christian Union Church in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Funeral was held on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Salem Christian Union Church. Kenneth’s burial followed the funeral at Masonic Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Phil Dillion.

Memorial donations may be directed to Salem Christian Union Church, 15701 Salem Rd, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.