Carl Stephen Snedden, 59, died February 14, 2017, at home in rural Windom, Minnesota after a long and valiant battle with prostate cancer.
Born March 22, 1957 in Gary, IN to Henry and Helen (Eck) Snedden, he was a retired military veterinarian and long-time resident of Windom.
He graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, IN in 1974 and attended Butler University briefly before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1975, where he served four years as a Russian linguist. He flew over 100 missions in the RC-135 reconnaissance plane. After the Air Force, he attended the University of Nebraska (Omaha) and Iowa State University (Ames) graduating in 1986 as a doctor of veterinary medicine. While attending college, he also served in the Air Force and Army Reserves and after graduation was commissioned in the Army Veterinary Corps.
He married Debra Link June 13, 1986. She followed him to postings in Grand Fords, ND, Frankfurt, and Wuerzburg, Germany. While in Germany, he was designated an Expert Field Medic and Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
After leaving active duty in 1994, Carl worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Rapid City, SD, Greeley, CO and Windom, MN while continuing to serve in the Army Reserves. He was mobilized into active duty in 2003 and 2007-2008 and retired from the Army Reserves in 2010 with the rank of major.
He enjoyed many hobbies and recreational activities including shooting, translating, camping and traveling. He could speak seven languages and was fluent in four of them. He taught English in Khazkstan for many years and made many Russian friends. He volunteered his translation services for former hostages of the Moscow Theater and Beslan school sieges. His translation enabled survivors of these attacks to present their suits to the European Court of Human Rights in Strassbourg, France.
He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Military Officers of America.
Carl Snedden is survived by his wife Debra of Windom; three sons, Andrew (Maple Grove), Benjamin (Woodbury), Carl Cain (Council Bluffs, IA); one daughter Kira (Edina). Also surviving him are two brothers John (Leander, TX) and Mark (Crown Point, IN) and a half-sister Krisi DeLuca, Crown Point, IN.
He was preceded in death by his father Henry and his mother Helen and grandparents.
Blessed be the memory of Carl Stephen Snedden.