James M. Snook, 97, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of Geneseo, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at his residence at Mill Pond. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Schroder Mortuary, in Colona. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29 at the funeral home. Burial was in Greenview Memorial Gardens, in East Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Honor Flight.

James M. Snook, 97, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of Geneseo, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at his residence at Mill Pond. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Schroder Mortuary, in Colona. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29 at the funeral home. Burial was in Greenview Memorial Gardens, in East Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Honor Flight.

James was born March 11, 1920, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of James and Mabel Snook. He graduated from Ottumwa High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was able to take part in the Honor Flight in 2009. James married Betty J. Arnold on June 7, 1941, in Lancaster, Mo. She passed away in October of 1990. He worked as a business owner of Bill’s Body Shop, in Moline, for more than 30 years and farmed west of Geneseo. After his wife’s death, he moved to Iowa and lived on a farm outside Moulton.

James enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and was an avid fisherman all of his life. He enjoyed watching all sports, but especially the Chicago Cubs and was thrilled to live to see them win the World Series. Most importantly, he loved sharing all of his memories and life experiences with his family. He was very thoughtful, always remembering each family member’s birthday with a card or call, regardless of age.

Survivors include his children, Jack (Marilyn) Snook, of Kalona, Iowa; Melvin (Angie) Snook, of Geneseo; Carol (Arvid) Hagberg, of Geneseo; Arnie (Carole) Snook, of Ankeny, Iowa; and Janine (Al) Erickson, of Geneseo; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers; sisters; and one grandson.