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Life Story / Obituary
All who knew Aaron Snow would agree that he was passionate about what mattered to him, yet he also had a fun-loving personality as well. Never one to worry about his challenges, Aaron faced whatever came his way with both strength and courage. He was so proud of the family he shared with the love of his life, and together they witnessed their family tree blossom to include numerous branches of loved ones who made him so very proud. Deeply loved, Aaron will never be forgotten.
Although the 1920s were an exciting time in America when prosperity was the norm, the 1930s were a much different story as they were defined by the hardship of the Great Depression. Jobs were scarce, the unemployment rate soared and the homeless rate did as well. There were glimmers of hope, however, including in the lives of Milford and Florence (Miller) Snow as they were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Aaron on October 8, 1931. His father worked on the railroad in Pavilion Township while his mother was a visiting nurse who also looked after some local kids. When he was only six, Aaron’s father died, and for a time he and his brother Stanley lived with other relatives. In 1940 his mother remarried Wellington “Barney” Kott.” This made him the oldest of three to be raised in the family home on Spruce Street in Vicksburg, Michigan, as they were joined in their family by Noel Kott.
In many ways Aaron was a young boy of his generation. He was known for getting into quite a bit of mischief, and he loved playing in the swamp near his home. While at Vicksburg High School Aaron put dance floor wax on the fire escape and then pulled the alarm. Since the teachers always went last, it was a big joke. He loved his motorcycles and cars including the 1950 Ford with a Cadillac engine. After completing his senior year, Aaron joined the Navy and was sent to Korea. He was a pipe fitter aboard the USS Grand Canyon among others.
Life was forever changed for Aaron when he met his future wife, Sallye. They met because his brother, Stan, was dating her best friend. After about a year they were married on May 27, 1956, in the old EUB Church in Vicksburg. Although she was from Lancaster, Ohio, Sallye moved to Vicksburg once they were married. Together they made their life there and were blessed with the births of three children, Holly, Kelly, and Chris. Aaron loved being a father, and he was fully devoted to his family. To help support the family, he worked at different companies throughout his life. He spent the last 16 years of his career as a machine repairman at General Motors. As his family grew, Aaron couldn’t have been happier as he treasured his grandchildren. His family was always first and foremost in his life, and he gave them all more than 100 percent.
Throughout his life Aaron was a bustle of activity. He knew what it meant to put in a hard day at work both on the job and off, but he firmly believed that there was also a time for some fun. Both he and his wife worked long hard hours, but when they were on vacation it was nothing but fun as they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. An avid fisherman, Aaron loved fishing at his home on Barton Lake and also made many trips to Canada for fishing. His favorite vacation spot was Mackinac Island, and he and Sallye also had a memorable two week trip to Hawaii with his brothers. Aaron enjoyed the companionship of his tomcat, Yogi. When he was out fishing, Yogi would always be at the end of the dock waiting for Aaron to get back. He was a Detroit sports fan, yet it was fine if he missed a game, too. He kept a garden down by the lake and was especially known for his red geraniums. In everything he did, Aaron had a schedule as he enjoyed the structure it provided.
With his fantastic sense of humor, his fun-loving spirit, and his huge heart, Aaron Snow was a blessing to everyone he met. He was protective of his family and loved them dearly. Aaron was forever asking if his youngest granddaughter was married yet since the more the merrier in his book! He was to the point and not afraid to call it like he saw it while at the same time he was never hurtful as he was fine to agree to disagree. Aaron will never be forgotten.
Aaron Snow, of Vicksburg, passed away on June 21, 2016, in the comfort of his home. Aaron’s family includes his children: Holly Snow (Charles Engelson), Kelly (Kirk) Bergland, and Chris (Kelly) Snow; 2 brothers: Stanley (Beverly) Snow and Noel (Holly Powell) Kott; 9 grandchildren: Nicholas, Andrew (Lauren), Anna, Erin, Sallye, Thomas, Sarah, Rebecca, and John. Aaron was preceded in death by his wife, Sallye. Visit with His family and friends and view his life story film on Sunday, June 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Vicksburg; 409 S. Main St. (647-1697). A funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the same location. Please visit Aaron’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com where you can archive a memory or photo and sign his memory book online. Memorial donations can be made to the Vicksburg Community School Foundation.