Douglas Thompson Snell, age 86, died on Monday, May 2, 2011 at his home. 

         Memorial services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Henry L. Doyle, officiating.  Interment will be held at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with military rites provided by the Central Veterans Association.

         A memorial visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home for one half hour prior to the services on Monday.

         Douglas Thompson Snell, the son of Frank and Anna (Thompson) Snell was born on December 4, 1924 in Faribault.  He served in the U. S. Army in World War II with the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He also fought in the Korean War.  Douglas was formerly employed by Bell Aircraft of Buffalo, NY and later by the United States Postal Service.  

         He is survived by a special friend, Ida Mae Breitzman of Faribault; his nephew Charles Henderson, of Iowa City, Iowa, and his wife Nancy Beyer, and their children Joseph and Maria; his niece Gretchen (Snell) Pyburn of Green Valley, Arizona; and his niece Jana (Henderson) Tritto of Post Falls, Idaho, and her many children.  His nephew, Joseph will play Taps at his burial site as requested by Douglas.  Old "Uncle Doug" will be dearly missed by all.   

         He is preceded in death by his Father and Mother, his brothers Charles and Donald, and his sister Shirlee Snell Henderson.

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Name: vicki akemann
Date: Monday May 09, 2011


My memories of Doug go back 40 years when I was in high school and a waitress at the Brunswick Cafe. He was a good friend of my ex-husband so I saw him frequently. He always had a joke and a smile. He was very special. He will bw sorely missed.

Name: Jana
Date: Friday May 06, 2011


Uncle Doug will be missed by all of us. I remember him as a "James Dean" type of character when he returned from the war, and we were in awe of him. Handsome, roguish, moody, and wild.... little did we know then of Postraumatic Stress.... but, I remember his laugh, his wonderful singing voice, and his love for my brother and myself. A great man. He loved and served his country and loved and cared for his family and friends, in spite of the scars left by the horrors he experienced in Bastonge and Normandy as a young Paratrooper, one of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st. His passing is the end of an era...the last of the Snell's, and one of the last of his kind. I'll never forget you, Uncle Doug. Rest in Peace. Love, Jana

Name: Lauree Christman
Date: Thursday May 05, 2011


My condolences to all Doug's family and special friend. I didn't know him, but thank him for his service to our country. May he rest in peace.

Name: carol lewis
Date: Wednesday May 04, 2011


Doug was a good banking customer at WF bank in Faribault. Every Christmas he would drop off a Christmas card to me and always had a great big smile on his face. when I was diagnose with cancer he was one of my favorite customers that I missed.. God is getting a wonderful person up there w/a set of Angel wings to watch over his friends down here,.. he will be missed