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Howard T. Snow Jr., 75
Howard Thomas Snow Jr., 75, of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Hillcrest Medical Center surrounded by his family. Howard was born June 30, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas and lived most of his life in Oklahoma and Missouri. He is preceded in death by his father, Howard Sr., his stepfather, Clarence Ruby Sr., and his mother, Fay (Rudd) Ruby, all of Muskogee.
Upon graduating from Muskogee Central High School in 1960, Howard attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, receiving a BA with majors in Sociology, History, and Speech. He also studied at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, receiving a teaching certificate; Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, obtaining a Masters degree in Education; and Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa, attaining a Certificate of Airport Maintenance A&P License. In addition, he self-studied for and obtained an Aircraft Inspection Certification from the FAA and maintained a life-long private pilot certificate.
Howard was passionate about aviation and loved tinkering in his garage. His work in aviation maintenance and as an educator took him around the world. He worked in Alaska, France, and China and maintained aircraft for the DEA in Peru, for the king of Saudi Arabia, and for the UN in Africa. In his spare time, he enjoyed restoration projects both large and small. He especially enjoyed telling stories about his travels to family and friends and even co-authored a book titled The Gray Warriors with his wife, Carol Snow.
Howard is survived by his wife Carol of 14 years; children Erica Reed of Muskogee, Howard Snow III of Tulsa, and Derick Snow of Grapevine, Texas; stepchildren Greg Terra of Round Rock, Texas and Calysta Alsborg of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; stepsiblings Clarence Ruby Jr. of Sperry, Lew Ayers of Norman, Nancy Ellifrit of Checotah, and Barbara Anderson of Muskogee; and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Howard was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Hargrove-Marker funeral services in Jenks at 815 W. Main Street, and a service will be held at Kirk of the Hills Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, October 6, 2017. The address is 4102 E. 61st St. Tulsa, OK 74136. Howard will be laid to rest at the Shamrock Cemetery in Shamrock, Oklahoma. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, 3624 North 74th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74115.
Published on October 4, 2017
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