William ‘Bill’ E. Snow

By on March 13, 2014

William “Bill” E. Snow, 84, of Maple Park, formerly of Geneva, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1929, in Geneva, the son of William H. and Florence (Muelhfelt) Snow.

Bill grew up in Geneva and attended local schools. He learned his strong work ethic early as he helped both his parents on the family farm.

When he was grown, Bill continued to farm and purchased 80 acres in Geneva. He eventually spent over 25 years as a heavy equipment operator but returned to the fields of his youth before selling those acres and purchasing farms in both Kane and DeKalb counties. He also bought an old farm in Maple Park that once was an “airport” boasting of a grassy landing area. His proudest achievement was his home farm on Beith Road.

Although he never married, Bill surrounded himself with family and friends, making sure that they all had a place to kick back, relax and have a lot of fun in Marcell, Minn., where he bought a “compound.” Ten years of fun left its mark before selling it, but not before thousands of memories were made. His next “compound” was a six-mile journey up the Fox River in St. Charles, where Bill continued to provide for his family and friends at every opportunity.

Bill was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, St. Charles, Lodge 1368, Chapter 512. He also was a retired member of the Local No. 150 Operators Union, Kane Farm Bureau and the Kane County Corn Growers.

Bill was a hardworking man who was proud of his spotless farm tractors that gleamed the green and yellow of John Deere. Retirement was a dirty word to Bill. He never stopped and could outwork men half his age without breaking a sweat or taking a break. Even now, Bill is tending the fields of the Lord, putting the angels to shame and telling them how to do it right. His plowed rows may blow away, but his memory will forever stay in the hearts and minds of his family and friends.

One half-sister, Marian Heiser; a brother, DeWitt (Angie) Snow; many nieces, nephews and countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Snow; one sister, Blanche Fender; and one half-brother-in law, Don Heiser.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life will take place Friday, March 14, at 10 a.m., with a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Fr. Tim Seigel, pastor of St. Gall’s Catholic Church, will officiate, with interment to follow at Union Cemetery in St. Charles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a children’s charity of your choice. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to two people who were both Bill’s “right hand”: Buck, who was Bill’s trusted farmhand and helped keep the farms running right; and Roger Biddle, who in later years became Bill’s best friend and was instrumental in his care.