Robert Edmund “Smokey” Snover Jr., 77, Princeton, Kansas, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017.
The family plans to greet friends for a visitation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas. A celebration of life is expected at a later date.
He was born June 15, 1940, in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Robert E Snover Sr. and Mildred Snover.
In 1951, Smokey moved with his family to Kansas. He attended Clay Center High School until joining the Navy in 1959. During his service in the Navy, he attained the rank of Seaman as an assault boat engineer and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.
He moved to Topeka, Kansas, and then to Beaumont, Texas, where he worked as a mechanic at Speedwell Motor Company. During that time, he was the only American citizen to travel to Germany for Hofliger Vehicles School for import cars. He then opened his own business, S&S Automotive. He also worked for Ford Motor Company, Motor Car LTD and ran the Milford Lake Marina for many years once back in Kansas. He ran and managed several other businesses after this time. During all of his years of work in the automotive engineering industry, Smokey earned a Doctorate of Automotive. Almost every mechanic in Franklin County, Kansas, learned their mechanic skills from Smokey.
While cars were his professional life, they dominated his personal life as well. Smokey loved to drag race, and was a very successful dirt track racer, racing against many famous race car drivers during his years. He had a Chevy soul, always ready to work on another Chevy car or get another one up and running right. He also loved his family dearly as well as his farm. He would on occasion fire his canon just to remind the neighbors he was there, But most of the time if you wanted to find Smokey he was under a hood of a hot rod with a wrench in one hand, and a beer in the other.
In 1967, Charlotte Christianson and Smokey met and eventually married. They later divorced, but remained good friends.
Survivors include six children, Robert E. Snover III and his wife, Jennifer, Guam; Coralynn Wormell and her husband, Doran, Pomona; Robin Phillips and her husband, Steve, Olathe; Dustin Snover and his wife Kathy, Ottawa; Bobby Snover and his fiancé, Nicole, Ottawa; Amber Snover-Dryden and Jeff James, Ottawa; two sisters, Kathleen Dionee, Richmond; and Barbara Abadalla, Palm Bay, Florida; biological mother, Joan Chapman Snover; 10 grandchildren, Nicole Shirk, Jenaya Snover, Harley Snover, Jeremy Snover, Austin Snover, Brandon Phillips, Brooke Martinez, Mallory Phillips, Doran Ray Wormell and Tyler Wormell; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Smokey was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Snover Sr.; mother Mildred Snover; sister, Bonnie L. Conowal; grandson, Trevor Wormell; great-granddaughter, Zailin Wormell; and son-in-law Derick Dryden.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Robert Edmund Snover Jr. Memorial Fund through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com