John Lawrence “Larry” Snelling Sr.
Date of Birth
March 6, 1956
Omaha, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
October 7, 2022
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Friday, October 14, 2022 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery ~ Greenwood, Nebraska

*Casual dress recommended.

*The funeral will be live streamed on Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.

Visitation Directions

Thursday, October 13, 2022 ~ 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designations.

John Lawrence “Larry” Snelling Sr, 66, of Lincoln, NE passed away peacefully on October 7, 2022. He was born in Omaha, NE.

Larry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda; children, John L Snelling Jr, Christina (Eric) Magorian, and Kimberly, all of Lincoln, NE. Grandchildren, Grant Snelling, Kharma Holmes, Kharisma Holmes, Hanley Snelling and Brock Snelling. Grand dogs, Brunson and Lotta. Preceded in death by his parents, Mary Louise (Gatch) Snelling and George Snelling Sr and his brother George Snelling Jr.

Linda was the love of his life, they spent 44 years together. They were each other’s complete opposite yet mirror images of each other in every way that mattered. He enjoyed their alone time on trips they took to get a vacation from the kids, loved their motorcycle rides and going to NASCAR races.

He worked many jobs in his life, the one that was the most fruitful for him was teaching his children and grandchildren how to work on cars. Before John, Christy or Kim got a car, they were expected to know how to change a tire and oil on the car. He was lucky enough to pass some of this onto his grandchildren as well.

His work history included UNL in the Food Service and Meat Departments, Quebecor, and running Big O Auto Parts with his brother George. As his full-time hours started to go more part-time, he worked for Rail Crew Express, making many new friends with those who worked for BNSF. Linda often questioned this part-time work, as many that rode with him also had vehicles they needed worked on, and many of those cars ended up in their driveway.

If you asked anyone who knew Larry, they all could tell you a different story, all of which would end with a good laugh. One thing you could always count on spending time with him is it would not be a boring. Sometimes he would be the only one to laugh at his jokes, but you would end up laughing, just not letting him know it was at him.

He was a jack of all trades. Whether you needed help fixing something around the house or had car questions, he was the go-to for many. He was also great about talking you into helping him with something or offering to help you with something you didn’t realize you needed until he suggested it.

He enjoyed spending time working in his garage, camping, fishing, riding his Harley, NASCAR and spending time with his family and friends. Many summer nights and weekends were spent with his good friend Bob out at Eagle Raceway running a car on the dirt track, working on motorcycles with his friend Mike or out at a lake camping with family for a Catfish Tournament.

Although we all miss him every moment that he is gone, we have a lot of memories, funny stories, and an endless supply of tools to remind us of his love every day.

Condolences for John Lawrence “Larry” Snelling Sr.
  1. Mary and Tom Ferneau
    • October 9, 2022 - 1 year ago

    Sending this family all of God’s blessings. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Lynnette Winters
    • October 10, 2022 - 1 year ago

    All my love to you guys. I will miss his laughter and the look on his face when he an idea good or bad. He changed many a tire for me and I will alway remember the day he married my sister. Rest in Peace Larry.

  3. Robert Pump
    • October 10, 2022 - 1 year ago

    Those times racing at Eagle and the times we spent together working on cars and building new race cars, or swapping ideas were some of the best times of my life. Wish we could do it all over again!

  4. Neil and Sue Boring and family
    • October 10, 2022 - 1 year ago

    Linda, Kim. Christy, John, and all the grandkids and other family members. Our hearts are broken right along with yours. Larry was not only an incredible neighbor, he was a good friend and his presence is already missed in our lives. Neil will definitely miss his project buddy. They were great assistance to each other. Keeping you all close in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jes and Brian at SCC
    • October 11, 2022 - 1 year ago

    Sending lots of love to you, Linda.

  6. Vickey Cox
    • October 11, 2022 - 1 year ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss Linda. I enjoyed knowing and working with him at Railcrew. He was a good friend.

  7. Larryspeer
    • October 11, 2022 - 1 year ago

    A friend who cared always My condolences to all rest in peace Larry

  8. michael collins
    • October 14, 2022 - 1 year ago

    my condolences to the family. Larry has been my good friend for over 40 years. we have shared many adventures together.

  9. Bob Eberly
    • October 16, 2022 - 1 year ago

    I had not seen Larry for many years but I do remember he’s generosity and willingness to help those he knew. My condolences go out to you Linda and the rest of the family.

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