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Lt. Gen. William Wayne (Bill) Snavely, (USAF - Ret)

Obituary for Lt. Gen. William Wayne (Bill) Snavely, (USAF - Ret)

April 5, 1920 - May 14, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 100


Bill Snavely, 100, died on 14 May 2020, at Blue Skies of Texas West. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 5, 1920, the son of William Bartlett Snavely and May Smyth Snavely. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) and was commissioned in the U.S. Army in June 1943. He married his high school sweetheart, Rosewitha, in December 1943 and was a devoted husband for over 75 years.

Bill loved his country and its constitutional principles. His commitment to duty, honor, and country motivated him throughout a military career spanning 35 years. After commissioning he served as a B-24 pilot during WWII during which he flew 38 combat missions. His career culminated as the USAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Systems & Logistics with responsibility for all USAF logistics support including maintenance engineering, procurement, transportation, supply, services and foreign military assistance.

Following his military career, Bill spent 20 years pursuing entrepreneurial and community service opportunities to include nationwide leadership of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He and Rosewitha "retired" to Air Force Village where they led an active life focused on service to the Air Force Village community and the St Vincent De Paul Society for Saint Louis Catholic Church in Castroville.

Bill was known as a Hot Rodder, Pilot, Father (10 accomplished children), Cook, Coach, Mentor, Champion Organizer, Square Dancer, Game player, Avid reader, History buff, and World Traveler. Above all else he deeply loved God, his family, friends, and even strangers – he always sought ways to serve.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Rosewitha, son, William W. (Bill), Jr., and his sister, Edna May Susank. He is survived by his 9 children, 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, 4 nephews, and a large extended family of friends who will all fondly remember his love, friendly smile, and positive impact.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020
11:00 AM

A recording of his services can be seen via the link:

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 610 Madrid St.. ,Castroville, TX 78009 or a charity of your choice.

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  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
    610 Madrid St
    Castroville, TX 78009

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