Richard "Dick" Snoddy |

Richard "Dick" Snoddy

Richard "Dick" Snoddy

Richard “Dick” Snoddy of Rifle died of complications due to a stroke on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at his home in Rifle with family at his side. He was 93.Richard Snoddy was born in Truckton, Colo. on March 13, 1918, the son of Charles Snoddy and Margaret Jones and was the youngest of three siblings.Richard spent his school years in Colorado Springs and upon graduating high school went to live with his family in New Castle, Colo. where his father was a mechanic.The family eventually moved to Rifle, Colo. where he would spend the rest of his life. Richard married Mary Brennan in Grand Junction, Colo. on June 3, 1939 and was a loving husband until Mary’s passing in 2005. They were married for 66 years and raised 3 children.Richard was part of the Greatest Generation and served in the army during the latter part of WWII. He was an accomplished welder and machinist for Union Carbide in Rifle where he worked for over 30 years until a lung ailment forced him to retire. He loved to go out dancing with Mary and their friends, sing and play his guitar at rodeos, and fish when he had the time. He spent most of his retirement wood working at his cabin he built on the Brennan Ranch in Piceance Creek. Richard had a strong faith in God and was a devout parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Rifle.Richard is survived by son Ronald and wife Terry of California; daughter Dixie and husband David of Grand Junction; son Joseph and wife Phyllis of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren Brian & Brad, Bill & Lisa, Josh & Luke; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, and siblings Robert and Lenora.A Funeral Mass in celebration of Richard’s life will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Glenwood on Saturday, Nov. 12, officiated by Fr. Robert Hehn at 11 a.m. following a Rosary service to begin at 10:30 a.m.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in memory of Richard J. Snoddy to: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, PO Box 191, Rifle, Colo. 81650 or Hospice of The Valley, PO Box 37682, Basalt, Colo. 81621.Online condolences at

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