Obit: Snowball, Lawrence Truman (1925 2009)



Surnames: Snowball, Waukon, Wilson, White, Rave, Snake, Hall, Slowey, Tindall, Smith, Malleck, Decorah, Payer, Contreras, Youngthunder, Blackdeer, WhiteDog, Goodbear, Carrimon, Cleveland


----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) December 23, 2009


Snowball, Lawrence Truman (16 Nov. 1925 17 Dec. 2009) With Flag


Lawrence T. Snowball, 84, of Black River Falls died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in his home.


Lawrence Truman Snowball was born Nov. 16, 1925, to Luke and Annie (Waukon) Snowball in Blue Earth, MN.  In addition to having lived in Black River Falls, he had lived in various other locations, including Rockford, IL.


He served in the U. S. Army during World War II.  Lawrence married the former Ellen Rose Wilson White, and they were later divorced.


He was employed as a heavy equipment operating engineer and had been employed by L. E. Phillips Construction Company and more recently by the Town of Komensky.


Lawrence was a past member of the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post 129 of Black River Falls.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and walking.  He was an outdoorsman.


Surviving are his ex-wife, Ellen Rose Snowball; sons, Calvin Harland (Margo) Snowball and David Snowball; daughters, Ruth Debra Rave, Laura Lee Snake, Pamela Hall, Sue Slowey, Tara (Curtis) Tindall, Eileen Snowball and Minette Smith; sisters, Irene Malleck and Mildred A. Decorah; 34 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren: Ho-Chunk mothers, Mary Payer and Celestine Contreras; and numerous Ho-Chunk Sons, daughters, nieces and nephews (Youngthunders, Blackdeers, Payers).


He was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Annie (Waukon) Snowball; a son, Lawrence Travis Snowball; brothers, Dan, Luke, Frank, Phillip and Gordon Snowball; sisters, Matilda WhiteDog, Mildred B. Snowball, Exhilda Goodbear and Lorraine Carrimon; and nieces, Dorothy Goodbear, Rita Carrimon and Jenny Carrimon.


Native American Church of North America funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the District One Community Center, and burial was in the Winnebago United Church of Christ Cemetery, both in rural Black River Falls.  Wilbert Cleveland presided over the services, and military honors were conducted by the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post 129 and Auxiliary Unit.  Family and friends were invited for visitation after 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the District One Community Center.


The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, assisted the family with arrangements.


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