Obituary of Jim Snead |

Obituary of Jim Snead

Jim Snead

Jim passed away peacefully July 15, 2014, at home in Auburn, Calif., with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 20, 1936, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Homer and Lorraine (McDaniel) Snead.

He served in the Army and trained at Fort Riley, Wash., and was stationed in Iceland.

He was working at Napa Courtesy Ford when he met receptionist, Cindy Reichstein, whom he married March 2, 1974 at the First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. They spent 40 wonderful years together as a happily married couple. Jim was a self-made man and owned several businesses for the majority of his life.

Jim was best known in Napa for his Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree lot on Solano Avenue, which he owned for 14 years. Jim, Cindy and his family lived in Silverton, Ore. during the summers to raise their own Christmas trees. Jim and Cindy worked side by side on the farm, pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot. After their children graduated from Vintage High School and headed for college, he retired in 1998. Jim and his wife headed for Lake of the Pines in Auburn, Calif., and took up golf.

His greatest pride and joy in his life were his children and grandchildren. He always said he knew how blessed he was to have them. He leaves behind his children, Julie (Bryan) Erckenbrack and Jd (Monica) Snead; his grandchildren, Caden, Grace and Cole Erckenbrack and Giuliana, Claire and Abigail Snead who lovingly called him “Papa” and adored him. He also leaves behind his sister, Jean (Don) Kamrar; brothers, Sam (Jan) and Michael (Heather) Snead; parents in-law, Frank and Julie Reichstein; siblings in-law, Lonnie (Cathie) Reichstein and Anita (Brian) Leighty and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was the “jokester” of the family and will be greatly missed.

Special thanks to Dr. Suhag and his staff and Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11775 Education St, Suite 201, Auburn, CA or Lung Cancer Research.

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