Kevan E. Snell

August 10, 1952February 5, 2019

Kevan E. Snell passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, on Tues., Feb. 5th, 2019.

A celebration of his life is being planned for a later date with details to be announced.

He was born August 10, 1952, in Columbia, MO to James Andrew and Dorothy Douglass Snell. He married his beloved wife, Jo Carol Ross Watson, on January 25, 1991. Kevan graduated from Hickman High School in 1970 and received a Bachelor's degree from Columbia College. He retired from the Columbia School District in 2006, serving 25 years as Director of Business Services and Treasurer to the Board of Education.

Kevan enjoyed vacations with his family, including many trips to Aruba. He loved parasailing with his grandson, Devan, as well as taking him to visit the aquarium, and seeing Hamilton in Chicago. He looked forward to visits with his brothers in law and sisters in law, Jim and Nancy Hale, Bob and Jo Watson, and Steve and Melanie Watson, and many nieces and nephews. He relished trips to New York to see Broadway shows and winters with special friends at the Seawinds on Siesta Key in Florida. He was an avid golfer who took many golfing trips with his friends. But in particular, he loved his trips with his son, Michael, where they tried new adventures like gliding and zip-lining in Tahoe.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather and husband and a kind and generous friend to many. He will be missed by all his family and friends.

Kevan is survived by: Jo Carol, wife (Columbia), Michael, son (Chicago), Devan, grandson (Chicago), Traci Ketchum, daughter (Kansas City), Jim (Peggy), brother (Branson, MO.)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65202 or Central Missouri Food Bank, 2101 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202-1910.


30 March


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Memorial Funeral Home

Columbia, Missouri

30 March

Memorial Service

4:00 pm

Memorial Funeral Home

Columbia, Missouri


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Joyce Jones

February 10, 2019

Jo, I am so sorry to read about Kevan’s passing in this morning’s Tribune. I worked in the Administration Building as Secretary, first to Dr. Marjorie Spaedy, and when she retired, Dr. Jacque Cowherd. I also retired in 2006 and worked with Kevan for 11 1/2 years. In addition, I also entered all the Core Data for the District. It was mainly my Core Data duties that required my interaction not only with Kevan, but also Jo, Tracy, and many others in the Business Office. I will always remember the friendly smile on Kevan’s face and how helpful he and his co-workers were in helping me to perform my own job. Thank you Kevan, Jo, Tracy, and others. I will always remember all of you. Time on this earth is so short and we never know when we will meet our maker. God Bless you Jo and your family. I will never forget you.

Mike & Linda Cox

February 10, 2019

Words seem so inadequate at times like this but we want to express what is on our hearts.
We were blessed to have Kevan and Jo as neighbors for over 20 years. Kevan was a quiet, steady man of integrity. Aside from his love for his wife Jo & family, he had many attributes that defined him. He loved taking care of his home & lawn. Many times we would look out our window and would see Kevan & Jo working alongside each other tending to their lawn or flowerbeds. It was always a joy to see the ‘park like’ finished product after their labor of love. They loved birds and as a result, the birds always had an ‘all you can eat buffet’ as Kevan would make sure that their colorful friends feeders were full. He & Jo were the neighborhood king & queen of the hummingbird frenzy. They always made sure that the buzzing continued with the special nectar that they prepared. In essence, a person could never ask for a better neighbor than Kevan. He was there to help if there was a need and was at the helm of our neighborhood association. He & Jo were truly missed when they decided to move into a lower maintenance home due to his health issues. We find ourselves reflecting back on those memories as treasured moments that pass all too soon. "Go rest high on that mountain friend and neighbor, your work on earth is done”. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Jo & family. Love, Linda & Mike

David Hodges

February 8, 2019


I am sorry for your loss. Kevan was a great friend that I will miss forever. Although I did not get back to Columbia very often I will miss not being able to see my friend when I do return. Kevan will be missed by all who knew and cared for him as he was just a very good man in his life. If Peggy and I can do anything please let us know.

With Love
David and Peggy Hodges

Tracy Davenport

February 7, 2019

I had the honor of working closely with Kevan at Columbia Public Schools for 11 years until he retired. Kevan quickly became a wonderful friend of mine and he will truly be missed. Rest In Peace, dear friend.