Ronald Michael Snorek, age 76 of Cazenovia passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015 after a long and bravely fought battle with cancer.
Ron was very fondly known as “Sport, the Farmers’ Logger” and was a successful logger for almost 40 years in Richland and Sauk counties. “Sport” loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and riding his Polaris with one of his beloved dogs.
He was born in Yuba, WI, the son of Frank and Antonie (Rott) Snorek on March 13, 1938. He spent his childhood in Yuba where his folks owned a popular tavern named Sports Place. The family later moved to Richland Center, where Ron graduated from Richland Center High School in 1956. Ron was married on Jan. 27, 1962 to his hometown sweetheart, Elizabeth “Libby” Hoskins, and they were married for over 52 years. Ron was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, ranking Private-First Class. He was stationed in San Diego, CA and actively served from 1956 to 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1962.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Libby Snorek of Cazenovia; two loving and caring daughters, Jane (Ira) Dolin and Laura (James) Prendergast both of Gurnee, IL. He was a very fun and active grandpa to his five grandchildren, Thomas Michael, Joseph Patrick and Grace Elizabeth Prendergast, Emma Jane Antonie and Paige Alexis Dolin, who will all miss their “Grandpa in the woods” very much. He is also survived by his wonderful “big sister,” Betty Boeing of Richland Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Antonie Snorek; three brothers, Elgin, Richard and his twin brother Donald Snorek; three sisters, Bessie Beranek, Iva Novy and Millie Levy.
Sport had many friends, cousins and extended family who all loved him very much. He was especially fond of his group of friends who met at the Bunker Hill Tavern. Libby and his daughters are very grateful for all the support from his family and friends. He loved the outdoors and always said, “any day is a good day to be in the woods.”
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center with military graveside rites to be conducted at the Champion Valley Cemetery by the Local Veterans Military Memorial Honors Unit followed by a luncheon at the Yuba Community Center. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the Stafford Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GRACE (Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination Fund) or the Cazenovia Polar Plunge for Cancer. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhome.com. The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.