Elmer E. Snow

Oct 29, 1921 - Apr 29, 2017

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Topton PA - Elmer E. Snow, 95 of Topton PA,
Formerly of West Caldwell, N.J. died peacefully with his family by his side in Lehigh Valley Hospital on April 29, 2017.
Elmer was born on October 29, 1921 in Arlington Mass. to Elmer E. and Ada I. (Stevens) Snow. At the age of eight he went to live with his grandparents on Cape Cod. Those years on Cape Cod formed a treasure of memories and experiences that he shared throughout his life.
Upon graduation from Nauset High School in 1939 he moved to New Jersey where he became a tool maker apprentice at General Electric Corporation.
In 1942 he entered military service. He initially thought he might be sent back to Cape Cod to patrol the beach. Instead, Uncle Sam trained him as a B-17 aerial gunner and flight engineer.
Elmer flew 35 missions over Nazi Germany between June and December 1944, delivering "tons and tons of high explosives to the Fuhrer." He was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross with numerous oak leaf clusters.
Following the war, he returned to New Jersey and on December 21, 1944 married Jean C. Schille. They were married for 72 years until his passing. He was employed by General Electric until the late 1950's when the division moved to Texas. Jobs followed at Curtiss-Wright and Foster Wheeler Corporation. In 1960, Elmer was hired as a production engineer at Resistoflex Corporation, Roseland, N.J. where he remained until his retirement in 1987. Elmer was a man of many talents and interests who possessed a brilliant and creative mind his entire life. In earlier years he enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, camping out and photography. He was an avid reader for his entire life, sometimes reading more than 100 books in one year.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years Jean C. (Schille) Snow, a daughter, Carol Rogers and her husband Roy Rogers of Youngstown N.Y., a son, Craig Snow and his wife Mary of Hampden Maine. There are 6 grandchildren, Kristen, Jennifer, Shaun, Joshua, Christopher and Amy and 3 great -grandchildren, Charlotte, Greta, and Grace. Other survivors include his sister, MaryLou Meek of Georgia.
He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Snow.
Services and burial with military honors will be held in Topton, PA.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may donate to the library of their choice.
Published on  May 9, 2017
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