Seth W. Snover
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Seth W. Snover
He was born at home in Lower Paxton Township on Dec. 24, 1925, a son of the late Ralph and Florence (Duncan) Snover, and the fourth of six siblings.
As a teen he raised market chickens on the family farm to sell at the Harrisburg Farmer's Market. As was allowed at the time, Seth enlisted in the Army Air Corps prior to his 1944 graduation from Lower Paxton High School. He became certified as a B-24 tail gunner at Buckingham Army Airfield in Florida. While enroute for deployment to the South Pacific, his plane crashed while landing at a refueling stop in California. He spent nine months recovering from spinal fractures at an Army Hospital in Los Angeles where he met Joyce Ruth Walton. They married on Oct. 7, 1945. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to the family farm near Hershey with his wife.
He was a charter member of the American Legion Post in Lawnton.
While waiting to start college at Penn State University under the GI Bill, he found work with the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury as a data processor. At this time, IBM was rolling out its first generation of computer processors and took Seth under the IBM wing. Seth never got to Penn State, but grew up with the computer industry, working as a computer programmer at a variety of companies as they converted to computer operations, including in Reading, Philadelphia and its suburbs, and finally as chief of computer operations for Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. from which he retired in 1990, but stayed on as a consultant until 1993.
In 1965, Seth and Joyce purchased an old Victorian home near the beach in Cape May, N.J. For many years they summered in Cape May while restoring the home and using it for summer room and apartment vacation rentals. They operated it as The Royal Villa and had a faithful following of clients who returned summer after summer. When Seth took the Harrah's job in 1985, they sold the Royal Villa and moved into a home just outside of Cape May. In 1993 they moved to Auburndale, Fla. In 2006, they returned to Cape May and resided in the Victorian Towers senior living center.
Joyce died on April 23, 2009, severing a marriage of 63 years. Seth continued to reside in Cape May until developing health issues of his own. In October 2016, he moved to the Retirement Center at Nottingham Village, Northumberland, and most recently to the Heather Court Personal Care facility at Nottingham Village.
Seth was a member of Pine Street Lutheran Church, Danville, which he attended regularly until his health declined. He made many friends there and was a faithful Christian.
He is survived by one sister, Thirzah Reichart of Harrisburg; three sons, S. William (Jeanine) of Danville, Steven (Maxine) of Leesburg, Fla., and Scott of Ocean View, N.J.; five grandchildren, Amy, David, Stephanie, Traci and Nick; eight great-grandchildren, Eric, Alexis, Allison, Jacob, Benjamin, Ryan, Ashley, and Brooklyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, Seth was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Paul; two sisters, Helen and Sara Jane; niece, Sandra; and daughter-in-law, Margie.
Seth led an interesting life, but his quiet humility did not allow him to brag or boast. He was always kind and cheerful. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. The family is extremely grateful to the staff of Nottingham Village, his doctors and nurses at Geisinger Medical Center, and the staff of Hospice of Evangelical for their care and comfort during Seth's final journey. It was time. He was ready. He will be buried next to his beloved wife at a family service at Hanoverdale Church of the Brethren on a date to be determined.
Donations in Seth's honor may be made to Pine Street Lutheran Church, 621 Pine St., Danville, PA 17821, or to any organization serving military veterans.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
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