Kenneth Snow |

Kenneth Snow

Private services for Kenneth M. Snow of Grass Valley will be conducted.

Lt. Col. Snow died Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Grass Valley. He was 83.

He was born April 24, 1921, in San Francisco, to John and Hazel (Bangs) Snow. He was a fourth-generation San Franciscan. He graduated from Mission High School, Cogswell Engineering College in San Francisco, and many Air Force Staff and Specialty Schools. He married Jeri Hansen on Sept. 2, 1945, at Chapel of the Presidio in San Francisco. He served 30 years as a pilot. During his World War II combat tour on Saipan, he flew 35 missions over Japan. On returning from his first mission over Nagoya, with the bomb bay doors stuck open, he ditched the aircraft at night in a rainstorm (National Geographic, May 1945) earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. His crew was rescued and returned to combat to fly 34 more missions, making seven emergency landings on Iwo Jima. He also received two Presidential Citations, five Air Medals and four Asiatic Pacific Campaigns Medals. He retired from Hiller Helicopters of Palo Alta, and Lockheed Missiles & Space Corporation of Sunnyvale. He was been a resident of Grass Valley for 20 years. He was a member and past president of the Lockheed Management Club, the Military Officers Association of America, 73rd Bomb Wing Association, 20th Air Force Association, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He enjoyed flying, camping, backpacking, boating and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, Jeri Snow of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jane Snow of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter and son-in-law, Laurel and Brandon Hewson of Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughters Katherine (Hewson) Gaylard of Sanderstead England, and Emily Hewson of Charlotte, N.C.; two nieces; and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be a made to the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Chapter No. 122, P.O. Box 1923, Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

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