Obituary:Ramon Mack Snead, soldier, Little League baseball coach, Scoutmaster, mechanical design engineer and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on February 22, 2019. He was born June 4, 1923 in Tulsa Oklahoma, to parents Arthur Snead and Theron Price Snead. His mother named him Ramon after her favorite silent movie actor, Ramon Navarro, and his father named him Mack because he was working as a mechanic for Mack trucks at the time. He was raised in Dallas, Texas and joined the United States Army in January of 1943 and served as an aircraft armorer. While stationed at Seymour Johnson Army Air Forces base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, he met Ruth Gordon Shirley. They were married February 5, 1945. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, they moved to Dallas, Texas. Ramon attended Southern Methodist University where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in June of 1950. After graduation, he worked at Texaco as a salesman until August of 1955, when he accepted a job as a mechanical design engineer, at what was then known as Convair (now known as Lockheed Martin.) He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1988. He and Ruth raised two sons. He was known as “Super Mechanic” by the neighborhood boys because of his ability to fix any broken go kart, motorcycle or car. He is survived by his two sons, R. Mack Snead, Jr. and his wife Debbie, and Michael Snead and his wife Karen. He is also survived by grandson Joel Snead and his wife Danyelle and their daughter Silver, and by granddaughter Katelyn Snead Brandt and her husband Brad. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 68 years, Ruth, who passed away in 2013. Interment service is scheduled on Monday April 15, 2019 at 12:30 pm, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas 75211. Following will be a memorial service held at Calvary Baptist Church, 401 West Church Street, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in memory of Ramon Snead to The Gathering, at 214 West Davis St., Mesquite, TX 75149 or http://www.gatheringmesquite.org/donate; or to the charity of your choice. Our family would like to thank Dr. Robert Kelly for his excellent treatment and advice, his caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care, especially Patricia Hiltebrandt, who went above and beyond what was required in an attempt to make his final days as comfortable as possible. We would also like to thank his longtime neighbor, Martin Carrillo, for always being there to help him, no matter what needed to be repaired.
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