Roger Pershing Snow, age 94, died March 10, 2013 in Westlake Village, Calif. Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye at the convenience of the family.
Roger Pershing Snow was born in Sleepy Eye on August 6, 1918 to Earl and Nora Greenwald Snow. He was known as Pershing for most of his life. He graduated from Sleepy Eye High School in 1937 and attended the University of Minnesota. He returned to Sleepy Eye to help his parents run the family business, Snow’s Hatcheries, which grew to forty branches in Minnesota and South Dakota. In 1939 he married Gloria Danley and they moved into their new house at the end of East Main Street. They lived there for 25 years. Pershing served in the U. S. Army from July 1944 until September 1945. He was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge. After the war the hatchery business was supplanted by farming and other business interests. Pershing and Gloria moved to suburban Phoenix, Ariz., in 1964, but Pershing continued to be active in farming and banking in Sleepy Eye. Gloria died in 1993. Pershing moved to southern California in 2005. Pershing was an avid sportsman who enjoyed playing team sports in his early years. He was a member of the 1936 Sleepy Eye High School basketball team that went to the Minnesota State Basketball Tournament. In his later years he enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing with friends and family.
Pershing is survived by his three children and their spouses, Dean and Janet Keller Snow of State College, Pa., Mary Snow and Douglas Gonzales of Dover, Pa., and Deborah and Wayne Gustafson of Westlake Village, Calif. His six grandchildren are Katherine Snow Breault, Barbara Snow Vannelli, Joshua Snow, Alexander Keitel, Jon Gustafson and Ann Gustafson Stantus. Pershing and Gloria had 10 great-grandchildren.
Pershing was preceded in death by his wife Gloria; his parents; parents-in-law; brother Rex; and sisters Rose and Crystal.