Nathan Snitker

Nathan “Nate” David Snitker, 84, of Viola, IL died peacefully at his home Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Funeral services were held at Dennison Funeral Home in Viola, IL Monday, February 4 with burial in Viola Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for Alzheimer’s Association or American Diabetes Association.

Nate was born August 11, 1934 in Postville to Daniel and Elsie Flage Snitker. In 1954 he married Joann Andregg, a marriage to which four sons were born. They divorced in 1968. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Ricketts in 1982. They were married until her death July 13, 2013.

Nate was a farmer in Iowa in his younger years. He was a longtime truck driver for Roadway. He was proud to have driven over one million miles and would happily show you his One Million Mile Roadway jacket. Nate loved God, old western movies, singing a little song, hanging out with friends at the Aledo McDonald’s, Blackhawk Bank and animals. He had a terrific sense of humor. People in the community would often say that his heart was bigger than he was.

Survivors include his sons: Bruce (Connie) Snitker of Waukon, Richard (Jan) Snitker of Monona, Craig (Kathy) Snitker of Windsor, CO and Clark (Norma) Snitker of Florida; a step-daughter, Sherrill (Gordon) Zaric of Monmouth, IL; his step-sons, Ron (Ann) Miller of Monmouth, IL and Matt (Tabatha) Miller of Colorado; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Calvin and Bernard; his sister, Evelyn; the mother of his sons, Joann; and his wife, Betty.

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