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R B Snelson

Birth Date: February 28, 1925
Death Date: August 26, 2015

R B was born Feb. 28, 1925 in Byars, Oklahoma. A long-time resident of Rio Linda, he passed away Aug. 26, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Rita, his sons Stephen (Marla) and Rick (Audra), his sister Sue Carlson (Rick), 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
R B was a World War II Navy veteran and a life member of V.F.W. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles. A longtime member of the I.L.W.U., he retired after 16 years as dispatcher for Local 17. In 2011 he was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Special thanks to our niece and nephew, Dee Dee and Bill Huckabay who helped care for R B the last eight months of his life.
R B can be honored best with a donation to Alzheimers Association.
Viewing will be Sept. 2nd 3-7 pm. Memorial services will be Sept. 3rd 10:00 am at Sunset Lawn, 4701 Marysville Blvd., 95838

Sunset Lawn Memorial Park
4701 Marysville Boulevard Sacramento, CA
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Committal Service
September 3, 2015
11:00 am
- 11:30 am
Sunset Lawn Memorial Park
4701 Marysville Blvd Sacramento, CA 95838
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Funeral Service
September 3, 2015
10:00 am
- 11:00 am
Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes
4701 Marysville Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95838
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September 2, 2015
3:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes
4701 Marysville Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95838
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  1. To the family and friends of R-only B-only Snelson,

    my memories of RB go back to the mid 70s. To the dispatch office in west Sac.
    I would try to get there b/4 RB would open the doors so he got to see my face as much as possible, and I would sit at the back of the hall directly under the big clock, waiting for him to open his office door and say with his commanding voice "Now who really wants to go to work???" Most times it meant Oakland Bean Co in Knights Landing… I never turned down a job offer, and worked (temporarily) at many of the houses b/4 gaining seniority at Eng Skell co. When they (ESCO) went down in '89, I went to RGA in Woodland and had ten more years with the ILWU b/4 changing trades… Through RBs help, I was able to scratch out a meager life for myself and family and purchase a house which I can call now home…

    A fine gentleman and great conversationalist, RB will surely be missed by all who knew him…

    "Thanks for the dispatches RB… Thanks for everything…"

    Your friend, Craig Bruce………….

  2. Dear Rita,

    Was so sorry to hear of RB's passing. Even though I haven't seen you for a long time, I still think of you. I moved back to San Jose about seven years ago but still head to Sacramento to visit my friend, Jan, and we go to the Eagles. I used to enjoy watching you and RB dancing. Hope you are doing well otherwise. Not too many of the old-timer's at the Eagles. I have remained friends with Lou and see or talk to him occasionally.

    Take care and I send much love and many prayers to you and your family.


    Pat Cassidy

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