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Ronald James Snelson

Ronald James Snelson, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Harrison, Arkansas on May 21, 1947, the son of the late Truman Snelson and the late Ruby Roberts Snelson.  Ron was married to Marilyn Stay, was a jack of all trades and served his country in the United States Navy.  He had a love of the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing, and running cattle.  Ron was a mentor of children and was active in Little League Baseball and attended the Mena First Assembly of God Church.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by wife, Marilyn Snelson of the home; sons, Ed Yetter of California, Donald L. Presley, III of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Shirley Johnson of California, Valerie Smith of California, Donna Ellis of Montana; brother, William “Bill” Snelson of California; sister, Barbara Snelson of California; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; special neighbor and friend, Darrell Wright of Mena, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Susan Tanner of Mena, Arkansas; special friends, Randy and Kita Burgess of Mena, Arkansas; pastor, Ron Tilley and wife Pam of Mena, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Ruby Snelson, a son, Joseph Yetter, his first wife, Patty, brothers, David Wayne Snelson and Bob Snelson, and sisters, Joanne Jody Evans and Lucille and Connie Snelson.

Funeral services will be held, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley officiating.  Interment follows in Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday afternoon, prior to service beginning at noon.

Pallbearers will be Ed Yetter, Calvin Johnson, Donald Presley, Cesar Loayza, Adam Loayza and Matthew Loayza.  Honorary pallbearer will be Darrell Wright.

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