Pixley Funeral Home


Kenneth Dwayne Snell

September 13, 1954September 7, 2020

Dr. KENNETH DWAYNE SNELL, age 65, of Rochester Hills, died Monday, September 7, 2020. He was born on September 13, 1954, in Kadoka, South Dakota. He is survived by his wife Marianne of 45 years; children Erik (Dani) Snell, Kevin (Chelsea) Snell, Heidi (Mike) Whitney, Timothy Snell, and Philip Snell; grandchildren Lorelai Snell, Luke Snell, Shaylee Snell, Alyssa Snell, Caleb Judge, Gabriel Whitney, Elijah Whitney, Malachi Whitney, Amaris Whitney, Moriah Whitney, and baby Whitney arriving in October. Kenneth is also survived by his mother Wilma (Jim) Schuyler; brothers and sisters Larry (Gayle) Snell, Myrna (Warren) Tieberg, Norman Snell, and Sue (Glenn) Henricks. Preceded in death by his father Hugh Snell and sister Cheryl Schuyler. Kenneth earned a Bachelor and Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami. He began his career working in Chemical Research at BASF while becoming involved with city government. Kenneth served on the very first Rochester Hills City Council in 1984. For ten years he worked tirelessly as a Council Member including several years as Council President. He served as Mayor of Rochester Hills from 1995 to 1999, and helped to usher and guide the young city’s growth. A true dedicated public servant, Kenneth poured his energy and love for his community into local organizations as well as worked with county and state governments to better ensure the well-being of Rochester Hills. He was active in the community as a former member of the Rochester Rotary Club and Reading for the Blind. He was also a founding member of the Heatherwood Village Homeowner’s Association. Of his many accomplishments as Mayor, Kenneth was proud to originate the 1999 Festival of the Hills Fireworks show still held annually at Borden Park. A man of strong faith, he was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Rochester. He was also a talented trumpeter and shared his love for music by playing at church services, funerals, and ceremonies. For the past thirteen years, Kenneth was a Data Migration Specialist working with Syniti/Back Office Associates which provided him the opportunity to journey all around the world. Because of his unwavering faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ, he is now in his Heavenly home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Rochester, 6377 Orion Road, Rochester Hills, with Pastor Mark Cizauskas officiating. Internment will be at Van Hoosen Jones-Stoney Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Rochester on Friday, September 11, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to the First Baptist Church of Rochester Global Missions Fund.

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

I Thessalonians 4:13-15


  • Marianne Snell, Wife
  • Erik (Dani) Snell, Son
  • Kevin (Chelsea) Snell, Son
  • Heidi ( Mike) Whitney, Daughter
  • Timothy Snell, Son
  • Philip Snell, Son
  • Wilma (Jim) Schuyler, Mother
  • Hugh Snell, Father (deceased)
  • Lorelai Snell, Granddaughter
  • Luke Snell, Grandson
  • Shaylee Snell, Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Snell, Granddaughter
  • Caleb Judge, Grandson
  • Gabriel Whitney, Grandson
  • Elijah Whitney, Grandson
  • Malachi Whitney, Grandson
  • Amaris Whitney, Granddaughter
  • Moriah Whitney, Granddaughter
  • Baby Whitney due in October, Grandchild
  • Larry (Gayle) Snell, Brother
  • Myrna (Warren) Tieberg, Sister
  • Norman Snell, Brother
  • Sue (Glenn) Henricks, Sister
  • Cheryl Schuyler, Sister (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 12, 2020


Kenneth Dwayne Snell

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September 16, 2020

To Ken's family,
I was so sorry to learn of Ken's death. My father, Eugene Nowicki, thought very highly of Ken and enjoyed working together with him as elected officials of the City of Rochester Hills years ago. Our family remembers that Ken asked to play taps at Dad's burial ceremony at Stoney Creek cemetery on a cold snowy day in March...and he did a fine job.
May God be with you all in your sorrow.

Zahira Vazquez

September 11, 2020

Dear Ken’s family,

I want to express my deepest sincere condolences. I pray God to guide you and provide you peace and strength.

For me, it was a real pleasure to get to know Ken. I have a lot of memories from our time together and from our travels. I can tell you that Ken was an excellent co-worker, friend, mentor, teacher. He loved his work and he was so good explaining things to others, making difficult topics understandable. He was always willing to help.
I remember the first time we met… I offered him a hug and he told me – “I’m not much of a hugger”, but he kindly accepted it and from that moment forward, he always welcomed me with a hug. I’m going to miss that hug. I miss him truly. But I have confidence that he is in a better place, taking care of you and all of us. He will always be remembered and will have a place in my heart.
Rest in peace Ken, and many thanks for all the memories.
God bless you,

Susanne Vergeldt

September 11, 2020

When I worked for the City of Rochester Hills, Ken Snell was on the City Council and Planning Commission as well as Mayor. He was always a pleasure to work with. I respected him a great deal. He was a good man.

Amit Gupta

September 10, 2020

Ken will be missed a lot by his work family - not only for his work skills but also for the sense of humor that he brought in to break up the long work days. He was dedicated in his mission and put his positive stamp on everything he did. I also remember well the spicy food eating challenges with ken - he won every time!! Rest In Peace.

Jess Lau

September 10, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the news.
It has been my pleasure working with you. One of the favorite people I work with, my always go to person. Thank you for all of your support.

You were once told me you can’t retire yet. Now we know that God has you in his glory, rest in peace my friend. Gone but surely not forgotten. I will always remember you.

Pedro Cardoso

September 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Snell family, and I am deeply saddened by the loss and passing of Ken and a member of the Syniti consulting family. While I did not personally have the privilege of working with Ken, hearing of his strong moral compass, his passion for mentoring and supporting those around him in their success and his courage to challenge the status quo, do what is right and be incredibly funny and witty along the way...leaves no doubt to the positive impact and superhero contributions he made every single day.

He will be missed but not forgotten, and is safe now in heaven with our Lord and I am certain, making even Heaven a better place because he is now there.

Ben Fox

September 10, 2020

Dear Friends and Family of Dr. Kenneth D. Snell,

My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family, Dr. Ken Snell, will deeply be missed. It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with and get to know such a talented man.
May God wrap his arms around you and the entire family and give you peace.

Kind Regards,
Ben Fox

Leo van der Bom

September 10, 2020

I would like to give you my condolences. I have been working with Ken for the past 4 years. Each year we were working closely for several weeks. He was a great person to work with. He had a very nice personality and additional he was also very skilled. He will be missed. As I am dutch, I speak a little German and Ken was interested in German. So from time to time we did some German communication as a change to English we were talking all day. With Ken it was never difficult to have a nice conversation during all these long days that we worked. I sincerely wish you a lot of strength. Leo van der Bom

Frank Vanhove

September 10, 2020

Kenn was a very nice person to work with. Evendo i know him for several years, last year, during the project in Johannesburg, in the weekends, we found some time to share some small things of life. We enjoyed it a lot.
Kenn was a specialist in his job, a Michel Jordan, a Messi, or a Ronaldo, belonging to the best.
Kenn, we will miss you.!!

Sam Blair

September 8, 2020

You are all my second family. Your home and I’m sure Ken would agree, was certainly my second home in my youth. I have nothing but good memories of all of us spending time together. It is hard to think of “Dr. Snell” as I addressed Ken, to be called to our Lord so soon. However, I know he raised a wonderful and strong family that in these tough times, will keep each other lifted from sadness. God bless all of you and you are all in my prayers.

Sam Blair