Brett M. Snell

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Longtime Alaskan Brett M. Snell died Saturday, May 16, 2009, in Caribou Hills. He was 42.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 20, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. A memorial mass will be noon Wednesday at the church. Father Tony Dummer, O.M.I. will officiate.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Snell, Jake Nagle, Michael Marquardt, Charles Marquardt, William Marquardt, John Monahan and Andrew Block.

Mr. Snell was born July 22, 1966, in Minnesota. He moved with his family to Alaska in 1968. He graduated from Soldotna High School in 1984. Mr. Snell had lived in Soldotna, Kodiak, Palmer and most recently Anchorage. He worked as a commercial fisherman and a plumber. Mr. Snell was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.

"Brett could always be recognized by his cute little crooked smile and mischievous laugh. His niece and nephew called him 'UB,' short for Uncle Brett and his vanity plates read 'UBCRUZIN.' He loved big toys, like snowmachines and four wheelers because he was a big kid at heart," his family said.

"He especially liked riding these 'toys' at his sister Cindy and brother-in-law, Jake's, cabin in Caribou Hills. He was an avid fan of NASCAR, his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. Family and friends will remember him most for his big, kind and generous heart. He was the house guest that always showed up with a lot of food and beer and always did your dishes. He will be fondly remembered by his friend, Le Anna Hite of Kenai and fellow fishermen and plumbers."

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Huddie "Phyllis" Hergott and Francis Snell.

He is survived by his parents, Art and Judy Snell of Soldotna; siblings, Cindy Nagle and her husband, Jake, of Soldotna, Ken Snell of Kenai, and Maribeth Snell of Soldotna; his girlfriend, Deborah Gage of Anchorage; grandmother, Marie Snell of Prior Lake, Minn.; aunts and uncles, Dolly and Roy Callaway of Anchorage, Birdie and Charles Marquardt, John and Deanna Hergott and Buzz and Sandy Hergott all of Minnesota; nephew and niece, Jacob and Kristen Nagle, of Soldotna; and many cousins in Alaska and Minnesota.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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