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Richard Snelling

Services for Richard Duane Snelling, 82, of El Dorado, will be 1 p.m. Friday at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home in El Dorado.

Richard’s life began Dec. 10, 1937, in Florence, the son of Richard L. and Dorothy (Sidener) Snelling.

Richard attended and graduated from Florence High School in 1955. He was united in marriage to Donna Lea Kerns on June 1, 1957, in Burns.

He had an industrious spirit and worked hard to provide for his family in maintenance, retiring from Skelly Refinery.

In Richard’s spare time, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, tending his vegetable garden, traveling in his motor home with the Kansas Twisters, bowling, and feeding his squirrels.

His greatest joy in life was his family, which includes his daughter, Jaci (and husband, Jon) Beeman of El Dorado; sons Bruce (and wife, Shari) Snelling of Newton, and John (and wife, Liz) Snelling of Augusta; grandchildren Kati (and husband, Chris) Westerhaus, Kylie (and husband, Kalin) Johnson, Garett Snelling and Tyler Snelling; great grandchildren Harper and Kase Westerhaus, Mattix Bruner, Hudson Snelling, and Sabrina Snelling; and brother Dale (and wife, Tootsie) Snelling of Wonsevu.

Richard passed away Aug. 23, 2020, in El Dorado. He is preceded in passing by his wife, Donna and his parents.

Friends may gather with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Friday.

Richard will be laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Interim Hospice or VFW Post No. 1174.

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Last modified Aug. 27, 2020