James Snapp, 75

James Edward Snapp, 75, rural Wabash, died at 5:10 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born Aug. 7, 1938 in Wabash, to Russell and Marveleen (Jack) Snapp.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Noble High School in Wabash County, received his bachelor's degree in 1961 from Purdue University, and received his master's degree in 1970 from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. He married Linda Adams in Burlington, on Aug. 16, 1964. He taught at Peru Community Schools for 40 years, retiring in 2001, and was an instructor for 13 years at Ivy Tech in Wabash. Jim was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, and was an elder for 25 years. He was a magician, and President of the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Lafayette. Jim also was also a former board member of Rainbow Christian Camp in Converse for several years. He enjoyed playing the dulcimer, collecting puzzles and games, gardening, fishing, origami, making American folk toys, and especially spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Snapp, Wabash; two children, Lisa L. (Doug) Rice, North Manchester, and James E. (Maira) Snapp Jr., Tipton; five grandchildren, Perry Snapp, Kassandra Snapp and James Snapp III, all of Tipton and Ethan Rice and Lindsay Rice, both of North Manchester, and his sister, Joyce (Stan) Lawrence, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 N. St. Rd. 15, Wabash, with Bruce Cameron, Ken Goble, and James Snapp, Jr. officiating.  Private burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m. on Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorial is Rainbow Christian Camp, Converse, Indiana.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Feb 19