|William F. "Bill" Snook|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Thursday, 26 December 2013 09:37|
William F. "Bill" Snook, 91, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013, at Wood County Hospital.
He was a resident at Heritage Corners Care Center since 2011.
He was born December 23, 1922, in Williamsport, PA, to William H. and Lucy (Frick) Snook. He married Marguerite Ruth Harris on January 4, 1946, who preceded him in death on January 5, 2006.
He is survived by his brother, Howard Snook, Circleville, Ohio, son Jeffrey (Lee Anne) Snook, Bowling Green, Ohio, and daughter Kathy (Loyd) Thogmartin, Wolf Creek, Oregon.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Vivian Snook Reed and Ella Snook.
Bill graduated from Williamsport High School in 1941. While in high school, he started working part-time at a gas station near his home. He eventually saved enough to buy his first car, a Model A Ford, for $20 in 1939. That car started his love affair with automobiles. He owned and restored hundreds of vehicles over the years. This culminated with his current collection of over 25 cars displayed at Snook's Dream Cars Automobile Museum in Bowling Green, OH.
A WW II veteran, he served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946. As a Sergeant in the motor pool, he spent eight months in the European Theater and eight months in occupied Japan.
Once discharged from the Army, he continued his education and trained as a mechanical draftsman, graduating from Williamsport Technical Institute. He had a successful career in industry as a self-taught mechanical engineer, becoming a Plant Engineer and eventually Plant Manager at a number of manufacturing companies. In 1969 he was hired to run Green Mfg., Inc. in Bowling Green, Ohio, and ultimately ended up the owner of the company, along with his son Jeff.
He was always active in business trade associations, becoming the President of the Erie, Pennsylvania, American Society of Tool and Mechanical Engineers (ASTME), and the President of the international Farm Equipment Manufacturer's Association (FEMA). Being involved in these trade associations allowed him and his wife, Marguerite, the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Europe developing lifelong friendships with business associates.
He retired in 1986 and continued his passion for restoring cars. Along with his wife, Marguerite, they traveled the country attending car shows, swap meets and flea markets searching for parts and buying/selling memorabilia. They spent their winters in Bradenton, Florida, continuing their car show activities.
In 2002, Bill and his son Jeff opened Snook's Dream Cars Automobile Museum in Bowling Green, Ohio, to showcase and display his extensive collection of antique/classic vehicles, and automobile memorabilia.
He was a member of the Elks Club, Moose Lodge, and Bowling Green Country Club. He was active at the Eastminister Presbyterian Church, Erie, PA, in the 1950s, becoming a Deacon and an Elder.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bowling Green Community Foundation, 121 E. Wooster St.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held in the spring at Snook's Dream Cars, Bowling Green, Ohio.
DUNN FUNERAL HOME is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.
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