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Gene Snowden, public servant, dies at 91

Staff report

Longtime public servant Gene Snowden, 91, of Huntington, who represented Wabash County in the Indiana Senate, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

From 1962 to 1964 he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He then served the Indiana Senate for 20 years, from 1964 to 1983.

Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) said he and other Indiana senators from the area met Snowden and new him well.

“We will miss him,” he said. 

In early 2015, the state Republican Party named Snowden the Outstanding Republican in Huntington County. Gov. Bob Orr appointed him the head of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, from 1983 to 1988. He was Huntington County Auditor from 1988 to 1992, and then Huntington’s Mayor from 1992 to 1996. Snowden worked 42 years in insurance and 16 years in real estate. He was first elected to Huntington County Council in 1960. 

Snowden was a 1946 graduate of Huntington High School and attended Olivet Nazarene University. He was a lifelong public servant both in Huntington County and in the state of Indiana. At age 87, Snowden continued to work for Ness Bros. Realty, and was an avid fundraiser for several area charities. Snowden was a lifelong member and past board member of the Huntington First Church of the Nazarene. He played in the church band from 1942 until it dissolved in 2011.

Snowden was born April 7, 1928, in Huntington, to Benjamin and Anna Snowden. He married Carol Replogle on Aug. 26, 1949. They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this summer.

Olivet Nazarene University awarded Snowden the Honorary Doctor of Law Degree in 1989. Snowden promoted the building of Lake Sno-Tip, named in part for him, and served on the board at Huntington University. Snowden was the Huntington County Torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016.

Snowden served as Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe in 2003 and was involved with the Police Athletic League, Salvation Army, Huntington County Historical Society, the Boy Scouts, Gideons International, Huntington County Leadership, Boys & Girls Club, Historic Forks of the Wabash, Pathfinder Services, Bippus Lions Club, United Way, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and Christian Literature for Africa. He also founded the Huntington Optimist Club in 1960 and was its first president. State Road 224 between Huntington and Interstate 69 is known as the “Gene Snowden Highway”.

A private burial will be at a later date.