Charles Louis Snelling, age 87, went to his heavenly home on January 25, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 83 years and most recently resided in Canon City, Colorado with his daughter and family.
Charles was born on July 20, 1931 to Oscar Lee Snelling and Pearl (Cohun) Snelling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On July 12, 1951, he married the love of his life, Martha Ellen (Wilson) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After attending Palmer High School, he joined the United States Army Air Corps which later transitioned into the United States Air Force. After his first enlistment, he returned to Colorado Springs and worked for Timken Roller Bearing, Railway Express, Emerson Electric and completed his work career as a Frito Lay salesman, retiring after 35 years with the company. He remained a proud Air Force Veteran.
Chuck was a faithful member of Living Hope church and enjoyed worshiping there for over 50 years. He also loved time spent with family and friends. He made new friends easily with his loving heart and willingness to always help others. The hope of his heart was that his family and friends would accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
He is survived by his children: Rick and Pat Snelling of Altus, Oklahoma, Ron and Jet Snelling of Billings, Montana and Bill and Shelly Beard of Canon City, Colorado; his brother, Larry Snelling and wife Myra of Colorado Springs, Colorado; his grandchildren: Wendy Valdez, Mindy Trips, Lindy White, Andrew Snelling, Toni Snelling, Christina Durand, Tiffany Starika and Bryan Beard; 15 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and many family members who will miss him greatly. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Randy J. Snelling; his brother, Oscar Lee Snelling Jr.; and his special friend, Helen Trower.
Services will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 with visitation at 1:00 PM, followed by the service at 2:00 PM at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Boulevard.