Charles “Lew” Lewis Snodgrass, 78, passed away on Nov. 1 at his Battle Ground home of 41 years (or grandpa’s park as his grandsons often referred to it.) He was born Aug. 23, 1943 to Charles and Maxine Snodgrass in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Sunnyside, Oregon. He graduated from Clackamas High School.
Lew worked his entire career for Simpson Timber Company/Jeld-Wen door manufacturing. He began his career in an entry level position and worked his way up to general manager of the Vancouver plant at the Port of Vancouver. He met his wife Ruth in 1976 and they were happily married 44 years. Later he was able to travel throughout the U.S. and Europe consulting many different factories improving their performance. He worked there until 2002 when he decided to return to his property in Battle Ground, Washington to work on projects and begin his frequent reporting on his Facebook page of the wildlife “happenings on 269th Street” from his family room window.
If he wasn’t puttering in the yard, he could be found in his shop building his hot rods. He was a member and president of the Kamikazes Car Club. He built his 1931 Model A pickup from the ground up. In 2016, the Kamikazes Car Club entered the 60th anniversary Portland roadster show with Lew being awarded best in class for his Model A.
Lew was a lifetime member and secretary for Clark Rifles. He was an avid shooter. You could find him on the range with family members and many friends.
He also enjoyed annual hunting trips with his sons, as well as fishing and clamming with family and friends.
Lew is survived by his wife Ruth; three children Ted (Kelli), Ben (Lisa), and Jennifer Geloff (Pete); five grandchildren Anthony (Melany), Aaliyah, Rylee, Spencer and Aiden; and great-grandson Torin; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, 1 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 38813 NE 119th Ave., Amboy, Washington, 98601.
The family would like to give special thanks to Community Home Health and Hospice, as well as a big thank you to Rod and Billie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to this organization.