Obituaries

Walter ‘Gene’ Snook

Walter “Gene” Snook, 91, passed away on Nov. 24, 2020. He was small in stature and big in heart. Born on March 10, 1929, in Cedardale, Okla. to Blanche and Howard Snook, his family moved to Sweet Home, Ore. when he was a child. He held several agricultural jobs as a teenager, and later a 40-year career with Murphy Logging Co. He loved working in the woods and driving the crummy, and he took great pride in his job as a hook tender. 

Gene married Cathryn Cochell on July 3, 1948. The two settled in Cottage Grove, and raised their two girls, Shelley and Lisa. A daughter, Willa, passed away as an infant. Gene worked long hours as a logger, but he also had a passion for tending his garden and woodworking. He made special keepsakes for his grandchildren and was always available for gardening advice.  

Following Cathryn’s passing in 2003, Gene adopted new hobbies and was rarely without his little dog, Mocha. He enjoyed making jam, splitting wood, taking long road trips, watching Jeopardy, reading, and eating barbeque ribs. He took pride in his garden and property and joyfully tended them until his last day. He loved his family and neighbors and was quick and quiet with his generosity. 

Gene will be remembered by his daughters Shelley Seablom and Lisa Snook, nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is survived by four siblings: Verbal, Verla, Darrell and Darlene. Two brothers, Dean and Howard Jr., preceded him in death. The memory of Gene extends beyond his family; people will remember his kind, mischievous spirit. 

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel. A private service will be held with a memorial following in the spring.