Pastor R. John Snow, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, left his earthly home as a result of a skiing accident and entered his heavenly home on March 1, 2012, at the age of 70. He and his wife, Lucy, make their home near West Burke, VT.
He was born August 24, 1941 in Ithaca, New York, the son of Richard and Winnifred Palmer Snow, both deceased. His education included his grade school years in a one-room schoolhouse in Caroline Center, NY, and graduating from Ithaca High School in 1959. He received a BA in Mathematics in 1963 from The King’s College, Briarcliff Manor, NY, a Master’s in Education in 1967 from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, and the Masters of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1974, Winona Lake, IN.
After college preparation, he taught mathematics in his home town junior and senior high schools for seven years before he felt the Lord’s call to pastoral ministry. He served Grace Brethren Churches for 34 years in various capacities including youth, music, senior pastor and executive pastor in churches in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Kansas and Ohio. For ten years he was involved in a church planting ministry in Irasburg, VT, where a church and Christian school were established.
After officially retiring in 2007 in Pennsylvania, he and Lucy moved once again back to Vermont. He served as interim pastor for two years at the Lyndon Center Baptist Church, did pulpit supply as needed and until the present was part-time interim associate pastor at the Union Baptist Church in St. Johnsbury, VT.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Lucy Snow; a sister, Virginia Trasher and husband Donald of Leicester, NY; two brothers, David Snow and wife Joyce of Apalachin, NY and Calvin Snow and wife Jean of Brooktondale, NY; his in-laws, LeRoy and Marilyn Stucky of Pretty Praire, KS, and James and Annabelle Humphrey of Oro Valley, AZ; 18 nieces and nephews.
John had many hobbies and interests in life, especially interacting with people in his pastoral ministries. He enjoyed making items in his woodworking shop, loved the outdoors doing gardening and caring for the property where he resided, and fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling were always a delight to him.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Union Baptist Church located on US RT 5 south of St. Johnsbury, VT at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 with the Pastor Paul Powers officiating. All are welcome to attend. Spring burial is planned for Friday May 11, 2012, at 1 PM at Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.
There will be no visiting hours.
Memorial donations made in Pastor Snow’s memory may be directed to the Gideon’s International, c/o Union Baptist Church , 932 US RTE 5, Waterford, VT 05819.
Private on-line condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home, Lyndonville, VT.