Ben Snell was born February 15, 1934 northwest of Leedey, Oklahoma to Edith Pearl and William B. Snell. He passed away November 14, 2008 at Amarillo, Texas at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 29 days.
Ben started school at Liberty Center and moved with his parents to Towner, Colorado. In 1945 they moved to Reydon, Oklahoma where he attended school. After school he moved to Colorado to work on a farm and help with the elevator. He entered the United States Marine Corps and served his country until his discharge in 1958. He said serving in the Marine Corps was one of his proudest moments. On January 17, 1959 he married Mary Lee Herring at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After his discharge he operated a custom combining business with his dad and brother, Jim and later ran the North Station Elevator south of Wildorado, Texas. In 1974 he began farming in the Wildorado area for the next 5 years. He later moved to Cheyenne and ran Joe's Cement Plant until 1982.
He was married to Luane Sue (Stroup) at Wheeler, Texas on March 2, 2000 and they continued to live in Cheyenne to make their home.
He was preceded in death by his father, and an infant son, Mark Anthony Snell.
Survived by his wife, Sue, Home, 2 Daughters, Dana Lynn Sides and husband, Gary, Canyon, TX; and Tracy Dicon Snell, Sacramento, California; 1 Son, Levi Shane Snell, Cheyenne, OK; 4 Step Children, Faron Ray Hyman and wife, Danetha, Elk City, OK; and Lawanna Carol Roark and husband, Deryl, Cheyenne, OK; and Lisa Dawn woodds and husband, Carl, Cheyenne, OK; and Arlen Dalew Hyman and wife, Kaylyn, Weatherford, OK; His Mother, Edith Snell, Reydon, OK; 4 Sisters, Christine Rudd, Amarillo, TX; and Mary Lou Jackson, Cheyenne, OK; and Sadie Burns, Del Norte CO.; and B.K. Snell, Oklahoma City, OK; 1 Brother, Jim Snell, Reydon, OK; 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Cheyenne First Baptist Church officiated by Jeff Hurlbut. Burial will be at Silent Home Cemetery, Roll, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma under the direction of Rose Chapel Funeral servic4e.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 20-Nov-2008