The DMORT Website takes time out to honor a fallen leader.

Dale Dean Snow
August 16, 1946 - March 29, 2008

Dean was the Commander of DMORT 7 prior to his retirement from DMORT Command in 2002. Dean was also the NDMS/DMORT Deputy National Commander setting the groundwork with Tom Shepardson for development of the DMORT component of NDMS.

Dale Snow
Dale Dean Snow 61, Richmond, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the Liberty Hospital. Dean was born on August 16, 1946 in Crawford County, Kans., the son of Merle and Ruth (Long) Snow. He was a very caring compassionate person who never met a stranger. He always put everyone elses needs before his own.

He was a graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas, Texas. Dean was a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He purchased Gowing-Snow Funeral Home in Richmond, Mo., in 1987 and then operated Snow Funeral Home in Richmond for over 20 years. He also had Snow Funeral Home in Wellington for several years. He served as National Deputy Commander of D-Mort under Tom Shepardson and was former commander of Region 7 D-Mort, where he was still an active member. Dean served as Ray County Coroner for 24 years and was a member of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association and had served on the board. He was a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association for many years. He was a Rotarian where he had received the Paul Harris Award. Dean was a founder, former president, and served on the board of Ideal Industries, Richmond, Mo., was a member and a past president of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, was one of the founders of the Richmond Mushroom Festival, served on the Ray County Fair Board for many years, served on the Board for the Ray County Fellowship Center, and was a board member of Ducks Unlimited for many years. Dean served on many other service organizations and performed much community service over the years.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Snow, Clinton, Mo.; the love of his life, Robin Outersky and her daughter, Marcie, of the home; one daughter, Dawn Schumacher and husband, Patrick, Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Charles E. "Gene" and wife, Janis, Columbia, Mo.; two sisters, JoAnne Steimer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Joyce Cunningham and husband, Gary, Pittsburg, Kans., and one grandson, Alex Schumacher. He is also survived by three step-sons, Chris, Andy, and Scott Holm, and four step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Richmond United Methodist Church, Richmond, Mo. Burial and committal services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Urich Cemetery, Urich, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Polley Funeral Home, Richmond, Mo. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be given to Ideal Industries of Richmond, Mo., Ray County Vets Club, or D-Mort Team #7.

Below are some photos from Dean at work with DMORT

Conducting business at the "Command Station" in Tarboro, NC


More relaxed business at the "Command Station" in Tarboro, NC

A tough Day for Region 7 - and all of DMORT. A time when Dean's leadership shined.
Dean and other Region 7 members prepare the remains of a team member for shipment home from Guam.

In the midst of chaos, a smile and a wave can mean everything. And Dean gave them freely!

We'll miss you Dean!