OBITUARY

Anthony Ray Vannelli Jr.

January 3, 1981March 17, 2018
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Anthony “Tony” Ray Vannelli, Jr., was born January 3, 1981 in Longview, WA and departed this life suddenly on March 17, 2018 in Snohomish, WA. He was 37. After schooling, Tony went on to do woodworking and finish cabinetry. He was a devout Christian and loved helping teens and young adults find their faith. Tony often worked with people with significant challenges and developed deep friendships. He also enjoyed watching Drift-Racing and building Drift-Cars. Tony is survived by his mother Dorothy Vannelli, father Anthony Ray Vannelli, Sr., step-mother Meg Robsahm, sister Athena Parham and her husband Jeff, and many aunts, uncles, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth I. Smith, Lois J. Smith, Leo S. Vannelli, Jr., Doris Gail Vannelli, and step-grandparents Milton and Mary Robsahm. Tony overcame significant challenges in his youth; He turned his life around to become a better person. In so doing, he inspired others to do the same. He will be deeply missed.

  • FAMILY

  • Dorothy Vannelli, Mother
  • Anthony Ray Vannelli Sr., Father
  • Meg Robsahm, Step-mother
  • Athena Parham, Sister
  • Jeff Parham, Brother-in-law
  • Tony is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth I. Smith, Lois J. Smith, Leo S. Vannelli, Jr., Doris Gail Vannelli, and step-grandparents Milton and Mary Robsahm.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Anthony Ray Vannelli Jr.

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Lisa Landers-Vos

March 29, 2018

I am SO sorry about Tony. All of a sudden things happen and we don't know why. It hurts, it's numbing, and aching. I believe, when our room is ready in Heaven, the Lord comes and get us! Tony's job is done here! and he has no worries now! It is wonderful to know that Tony, Loved the Lord. I hope that gives you at least a little comfort!
I only met Tony a few times, but it's like they said at the service, He impacted peoples lives. I DO remember seeing him at Grocer Outlet. He was driving a cart, with a big old smile on his face! I think he almost ran into me!! He always had a smile on his face when I would see him! He was a very nice young man! You should be proud of yourselves, for raising such a fine boy!

Laurel Nehl

March 28, 2018

I met Tony at Eastlake Church in Monroe. He was always there with a smile to do whatever needed to be done. I didn't get to know him well until we both joined a growth group that met weekly at the Keg 'N Cue. We all had a lot of fun and great conversation. His deep concern for his friends and the way he always lent a helping hand were evident to anyone who knew him.

When Eastlake closed its Monroe location, some of us continued to meet on Sundays to listen to and discuss the message from Eastlake Bothell (unless the Seahawks were playing - then we'd watch the game). Through those discussions I learned a lot about Tony. We didn't always agree, but our conversations were always lively and he was very gracious and respectful of other opinions. He had a wonderfully unique perspective on things and it opened my mind and heart to different ideas. It was obvious he had a curious and inventive mind. I will always remember that about him.

It is also clear that he worked every day to improve himself, his circumstances and the lives of those around him. Although his light was dimmed way too soon, everyone who knew him will carry at bit of that light within them. That's quite a legacy.

My heartfelt condolences for your loss of this wonderful man. You are in my prayers.

Sarah Swenson

March 24, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences during this time of great loss.

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