William "Bill" Burns Snedegar

July 5, 1952 ~ May 6, 2020 (age 67)


William Burns Snedegar (Bill), age 67, passed away on May 6, 2020, at the Ohio State University Medical Center after a long courageous battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. 

Bill was born July 5, 1952 in Russell KY.  He is preceded in death by his father William M. Snedegar; paternal grandparents Clyde and Agnus Snedegar; maternal grandparents Burgess (Bas) and Nolene Hayes Burns. As well as his beloved dog, Eddie.

He is survived by his mother Helen Burns Snedegar; wife, Janet; one daughter Katie and husband Scott Monroe; three grandchildren who he adored, Wyatt, Mari and Owen; one son, Creth and significant other, Mary Charles Whitt; along with a host of nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, extended family, cousins and cherished friends.

Bill was a lifelong Kentuckian. A 1971 graduate of Russell High School, 30+ years retired conductor from CSX Railroad, and served 11+ years as a City Commissioner for Bellefonte KY. 

Bill lived hard, fought hard and loved hard. He was the guy you wanted to know and proud to call a friend. He was generous to a fault. He took care of those he loved. Bill was a savvy dealmaker and you could often find him at the flea market or an antique store. His eye for beautiful, fun and rare antiques was enviable. A true Kentuckian, he loved horse racing.  His Derby parties were the biggest event of the year.

Bill was a passionate man. So many people called Bill Snedegar their friend and they were a constant presence in Bill and Janet’s life and home. Bill was genuinely a fun person. Bill lived life to the fullest with his friends and family. Often traveling to the beach with family or on a golf trip with the guys, you could find Bill with a deep suntanned skin, a cold drink in his hand and infectious smile on his face.

Like so many in our community facing cancers, he faced the illness head-on. With the assistance of the amazing physicians and researchers at Ohio State University he participated in eight clinical trials. His perseverance to live, no doubt helped countless others. The family requests donations in his name be made to support the Leukemia Cancer Research at James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University.

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