CALUMET - Wayne "Hank" Snow, 83, a resident of PortagePointe, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, with his family at his side.
He was born April 17, 1929, in Mayfield, Ky., one of five children born to Hobart and Lillian (Womack) Snow, then step-mother, Jettie (Watson) Snow.
Growing up on a farm in Kentucky, Wayne had to balance chores with school. Some of the time, probably most of the time, the chores won out.
Wayne joined the Air Force at the age of 21. It was there he picked up the nickname "Hank" after the country singer, Hank Snow. The ironic thing is, he couldn't carry a tune if he tried. Most people didn't even know his real name.
His first assignment was at the Calumet Radar Station. While there, he met Rose Marie Rastello and they were married in Calumet on June 7, 1952.
They raised five boys while serving in the Air Force and were stationed from South Carolina to Alaska. He served during the Korean War and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. After 20 years in the service, he retired with the rank of Master Sergeant and the couple returned to Calumet to raise their five boys.
Hank worked as an auto body repairman for Public Chevrolet before opening Snow's Body Shop in 1977. He owned and operated it for 25 years.
Hank attended Harmony Gardens in Laurium for a number of years and was a long-time member of Northwoods Christian Assembly. He was a past member of the VFW and a long-time member of the Air Force Association.
Hank was preceded in death by Rosie, his faithful wife of 55 years on April 7, 2007; his parents; and a grandson, U.S. Army Specialist Jesse Snow.
Hank is survived by five sons: Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) John and Jan Snow of Fairborn, Ohio, Dr. William and Debbie Snow of Felton, Calif., Lt. Col. (Retired) Joseph and Claire Snow of DuPont, Wash., Thomas and Ann Snow of Houghton and Timothy Snow of Hancock; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hugh Snow of Pryorsburg, Ky., and Howard "Bill" Snow of Mayfield, Ky.; two sisters, Dorothy Fulcher of Bloomington, Ind., and LaVern Chandler of Worthington, Ind.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his Air Force "Flyboy" buddy and life-long friend, Jack Suter of Mohawk.
Friends and family may call at Ryan Funeral Home on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when a Christian service will be held in the funeral home. Graveside services will follow at Lake View Cemetery.
The Ryan Funeral Home in Calumet has been assisting the family with arrangements.