It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Craig Dean Snook, a beloved husband, who left this world on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Lake Region Health Care Center in Elbow Lake, Minnesota.
Craig was born on May 28, 1962, to Deanna (Smeadsrud) and Charles Snook in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He spent his formative years in Russell, MN and later attended VoTech in Granite Falls. Throughout his life, he held various jobs and worked as a pipeliner before finding himself on the shores of Lake Irene, where he became a dedicated caretaker for his aunt following her stroke and heart attack.
Eventually, Craig made the decision to move to Kalispell, MT, a place that would hold a special meaning in his heart. It was during his time there that he discovered a love for driving trucks and hauling logs. It was also in Kalispell that Craig's path intertwined with Nancy Burrell's. In 1998, they exchanged vows and embarked on a journey together as husband and wife. Sadly, their union was touched by sorrow with the loss of their precious child Jered Hyatt Snook.
In 1999, Craig relocated to Evansville, MN where he continued his career as a truck driver. He thrived in the open road and enjoyed pulling various trailers throughout his years of service.
In 2011, Craig became a caretaker for his Mom whom had terminal cancer. He continued to care for her until her passing. In 2014 Craif welcomed his Dad to live with him and his family once his Dad started to suffer from heart disease, and continued to look after him until his Dad’s death in 2016. He was a great Caretaker.
Craig's heart truly belonged to nature. The many years he spent living by Glacier Park were some of the happiest of his life. Fishing and hunting brought him immeasurable joy, providing him solace in the peacefulness of the great outdoors. His love for angling extended beyond Montana; he cherished fishing trips with friends and family to Lake of the Woods and Red Lake as well as in Canada. As an avid Twins fan, Craig would often be found cheering passionately in the stands during their games. He had a warm and easygoing spirit, always ready with a joke or an engaging story. Those who knew him would attest to the sparkle that always danced in his eyes. Craig possessed a unique talent for negotiating and bartering; he found delight in trading items and would enthusiastically ask, "What you got to trade?" whenever someone expressed interest in buying something from him.
In 2021, Craig received the devastating diagnosis of head/neck cancer. Despite the challenges he faced, he drew strength from the unwavering support of his family and friends. Most notably, his beloved niece Piper and faithful feline companion Shelby brought him comfort during his battle. He was immensely grateful for all the prayers, thoughts, and heartfelt hugs he received.
Craig was preceded in death by his baby son Jered Hyatt Snook, his mother Deanna (Lyndon) Buchert, his father Charles Snook, step-mother Robin McKewan, numerous relatives, and dear friends Tom and Nancy Kreber.
He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for his devoted wife Nancy Snook; brothers Cory (Kayla) Buchert and Curt (Libby); sister Lacy Snook; as well as nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and countless friends whose lives have been touched by Craig's kindness.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday June 1, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville, Minnesota.
a Visitation will be held Friday May 31, 2024, from 4-6 PM at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Evansville, MN. Burial at Mound Grove Cemetery.