Kenneth David Snook
On Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, we lost an original. Kenneth David Snook was his own man, a raconteur, patriot, fighter, irascible and most of all, honorable. He was his own man, like it or not.
He was born in Huntingdon County and lived most of his life in Union County. The greatest achievement of his young life was riding his Indian motorbike to California and staying there to work.

Ken graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1951. In 1952, Ken joined the Army and served honorably for two years. He did not ship to Korea but was chosen to teach at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Ken returned to Union County after discharge and spent the rest of his life there.
Ken worked as a cabinetmaker at Yorktowne in Mifflinburg. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard along with his best friend "Moose" Leitzel and served another 20 years as a soldier. In his dress blues he led the Color Guard of Company A/3 - 109 Inf PA National Guard. Ken even tried to reenlist after 9/11. Always a soldier.

After retiring from Yorktowne, Ken began the pursuit of the love of his later life, Civil War reenacting. Ken joined an artillery battery and rose to the rank of an officer, a Lieutenant. Ken loved taking the field and was active in Dearing's Battery out of Boalsburg. Ken also served in Cooper's Battery out of Sunbury. He loved marching in parades and discussing the artillery with young and old at reenactments. Ken helped raise money for the beautiful statue commemorating the founding of Memorial Day. During the last two years, Ken switched to the winning side and joined an infantry unit, the 3rd MD Co. D. He was named Soldier of the Year for his dedication.
Ken loved his Yuengling (the only real beer), his farm, and his country. His accomplishments include civil war author, craftsman of wooden spoons, actor in civil war movies as well as being an incredible cook. Ken loved living and touched many lives. He will be missed forever.

Ken was a member of several organizations. He was a 50-year member of the Moose and the American Legion and an active member of The Sons of Union Veterans and The Friends of Gettysburg.

Ken will be missed by his loving wife, Linda; his stepdaughter, Laura, her husband, Robert; and his faithful best friend, Mishap. Survivors include Ruth Pioch, Elizabeth Klose, Ted Snook and wife Elaine, Wilma Leitzel, Don Snook and wife Barb, and Rose Snook. A host of loving nieces and nephews will also miss Ken.
Ken was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Joseph, Wilbur and Harry.

Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, followed by the funeral at 1, at Adamo's Funeral Home, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg, with Pastor Butch Woolsey officiating.

Interment with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post 910 and VFW Post 1964, both of Mifflinburg, will be in Lincoln Chapel Cemetery.

Donations in Ken's memory may be made to St. Jude's, Moose Heart, Sons of Union Veterans, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

To share in Ken's online memorial, please visit

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals - Cremations - Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.
Published on October 8, 2019


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Randy Bilger
Oct 09, 2019
It was always great seeing Ken because there were always awesome stories and he told some of the greatest jokes ever. Being from the West End as I was growing up, there was always that connection. He was one of a kind and will be missed by many. God Bless his entire family.
Darlene Alcorn
Oct 09, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Linda and family, he will be missed by many. God has another angel to keep Civil War history records. Rest in peace.
John McNulty
Oct 08, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Linda and all of Brother Ken's family on his passing. I always enjoyed my time spent with him at Sons of Union Veterans events. He was, indeed, an Original. I will miss him.
Susan Mertz, Alfred Carty
Oct 08, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about our dear friend Ken. He lead a well lived and remarkable life. It was an honor and a pleasure to know him. He was a true patriot.
Jeff and Debbie Swanger
Oct 08, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family and to Linda... Ken was very knowledgeable about the civil war and artillery. Spent slot of time to with Ken talking about the civil war...
Oct 08, 2019
he sounds amazing
rest in peace sweet man
Tom Bowman
Oct 08, 2019
My sincerest condolences.
Retired Corporal Tom Bowman
Cooper's Battery B.