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Rodney John Snedeker

1952 - 2021



On Monday March 8, 2021 Rodney Snedeker passed away at home surrounded by his family.

Rodney was born on October 25, 1952 in New London, CT. He received his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. He worked for the US Forest Service as an Archaeologist for over 40 years. Rodney was married to Mary Ann for 40 years, and they raised 2 children together – Timothy and Emily.

Rodney was passionate about protecting and preserving historic and prehistoric archaeological sites and about sharing his knowledge with others. He received the USDA Forest Service National Professional Excellence in Tribal Relations Award in 2018 for his work on the Trail of Tears and for his stand out work in the Southern Region.

Rodney was a longtime volunteer with North Asheville Little League, as both a coach and a board member. He was a soccer coach at ABYSA for both Timothy and Emily’s teams. Rodney was his children’s biggest fans off and on the field. He was an avid bike rider – both road and mountain; and enjoyed rides along the river as often as he could.

Rodney will be remembered for his generous spirit and his joking personality. 

Rodney is survived by his wife Mary Ann, their children Timothy and Emily; and his siblings: Gregg and his wife Cindy, Richard, and Karen Snedeker.

At this time, due to COVID, there will not be a memorial service.

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Eberhard Foreman, Hatfield, and Tinsley

April 7, 2021 10:45 PM

Our group of friends from 40 years ago gathered last weekend to celebrate lasting friendships and toast to our memories and love for Rodney. Rest in ✌ Rodney
Love to Mary Ann, Timothy, and Emily
Eberhard Foreman, Hatfield, and Tinsley

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Christopher and Deirdre Miller

March 15, 2021 6:41 PM

In tribute to Rodney from your lifelong friends. So many memories - UConn days, 580 Storrs Road, Clyde's Boys. Visits to Utah, Asheville, reunions in Connecticut. We will miss you forever!
Christopher and Deirdre Miller

A Grove of 3 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of Rodney John Snedeker

Morgan Sommerville

April 1, 2021 11:31 AM

I am very sorry to hear of Rodney's passing.  What a shock.  I worked with him for 38 years and he was a great and always helpful partner.  I had hoped at some point to take a bike ride with him along the river, assuming I could keep up.  I will certainly miss Rodney and hope his family has only happy memories of him, as I do.  RIP Rodney - you were great to know.
Morgan Sommerville, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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March 18, 2021 2:01 AM
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David Burdette

March 17, 2021 8:22 PM

Rodney was such great man.  He was always such a positive and encouraging person.  I was fortunate enough to coach with him in NALL for so many years.  Some of my best memories are with Rodney.  Getting to coach his son in Little League and then being my assistant coach on the first District Championship in league history.

I will never forget Rodney and all he did for kids of North Asheville.  I am fortunate enough to have called him my friend.

Mary Ann and the kids are in my thoughts during this tough times

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