Former Grace Brethren pastor, Howard Max Snively of Pierceton, Ind., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 12:03 a.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne, Ind., at the age of 88.
He was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind., for the past 26 years, where he was a member of Dutchtown Brethren Church of Warsaw.
Howard enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 4, 1944 and served as a Seaman First Class until his honorable discharge on July 13, 1946. He graduated from Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., in 1960. He was a pastor for several Grace Brethren churches in Ohio, Washington State, Alaska, and in Warsaw, Ind., retiring in 1988. Howard was also a Warsaw Community Schools Bus driver from 1989-1999.
He was born on October 28, 1926 in Braddyville, Iowa, to Lorenzo “Ren” Gilbert Snively and Florence Ethel (Maxwell) Snively. On October 31, 1947 he married Evelyn Marie Snively, who died on January 28, 2014. They were married for 66 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: Dan (wife, Joan) Snively (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Michael “Mike” (wife, Beth) Snively (Warsaw, Ind.); two daughters: Dianne (husband Joseph “Joe”) Lund (Warsaw, Ind.); Janice “Jani” (husband Ed) Strang (Pierceton, Ind.); 12 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his twin brother: Harold Max (wife, Peggy McBride) Snively (Sun Lakes, Ariz.).
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers: Eldon, Oral and Earl Snively, and three sisters: Mae Anderson, Marjorie Bangs, and Esther Hamilton.
There will be visitation on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the 1 p.m. service at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Ind. Pastor Jack Worth will officiate.
Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw, Ind., with military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #49, V.F.W. #1126 both of Warsaw and active members of the Navy Honor Guard.
Memorial donations in Howard’s name may be directed to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., 46814; or to Dutchtown Brethren Church, 4057 E. County Road 300 N., Warsaw, Ind., 46582 and would be appreciated by the family.