Donald Dwight “D.D.” Snoddy

SNODDY, Donald Dwight, “D.D.” Nov 10, 1947 – Sep 12, 2014 Donald Dwight “D.D.” Snoddy passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at age 66 in his home in Omaha, Nebraska, surrounded by his family. Donald was born on November 10, 1947 in Kansas City, Missouri to parents H. Van Snoddy and Helen Howe Snoddy. D.D. grew up on a farm in Burlingame, Kansas where he worked and went to school, graduating from Burlingame High School. An Eagle Scout, he attended college at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History in 1969. Donald married Ellen Anne Redding on March 8, 1974 in Omaha, Nebraska, where they raised four children. Donald enjoyed watching his five grandchildren grow up, and recently became a great-grandfather in June, 2014. For fifteen years Don earned a living at the Nebraska State Historical Society as a State Archivist in Lincoln. He went on to become the Manager of Museum Services at the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha from 1984 to 2002. He spent an additional year at UP as a consultant for the legal department. From 2003-2006 Donald worked at the Douglas County Historical Society where he was the senior editor for two volumes of “Their Man in Omaha, The Barker Letters.” More recently, Don was a local driver for Special Journeys, a company dedicated to providing the opportunity to travel to individuals with disabilities. His job entailed picking up people all over Nebraska and bringing them to the tour bus. Over the decades Don has given numerous speeches about Union Pacific and railroad history, “The Barker Letters,” and genealogical research. D.D. enjoyed cooking, hunting, the outdoors, model trains, antiques, trivia, history, visiting the family, and playing cards. He was a movie buff and was good at playing a myriad of games. He also pursued interests in genealogy, having helped many people over the years with their own family trees. Don was very creative. From 1988 to 2010 he participated in the St. James/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton melodramas, directing, writing and acting in many of these plays. Donald was loved by many and always had a funny witticism. He brought laughter to people on and off the stage. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, H. Van and Helen Snoddy; infant brother, Paul Snoddy. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Ellen; daughters: Gretchen Swartz (Todd), Josette Hall (Tim), and Elizabeth Snoddy; son, Theodore Snoddy; five grandchildren: Hollyann Erdman (Brandon), Noah Swartz, Inez Richards (Joe), Samuel Swartz, and Jordan Hall; great-granddaughter, Isabel Erdman. The family will receive friends Monday, September 15th from 5pm to 7pm at St. James Catholic Church, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, September 16th at 10:30am, St. James Catholic Church. Interment, Fort Calhoun Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Nebraskans United for Life or St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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