Dwayne Snell

January 25, 2018

obit Snell Dwayne photoAug. 19, 1936 – Jan. 17, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Dwayne Snell, age 81 of Tyler, for­merly of Tracy and Hill City, South Dakota, died Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Ave­ra Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
Memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Cha­pel in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in the Hill City Cemetery in Hill City, South Dakota at a later date.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condo­lences at www.hartquist­funeral.com.
Rev. Dr. Dwayne Snell was born to Marion E. and Ella (Steveson) Snell on Aug. 19, 1936 on a farm near Albion, Iowa. He at­tended school in Albion and later in Marshalltown, Iowa, graduating from Sunshine Bible Academy now located near Miller, South Dakota. He majored in biology in college, grad­uating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California in 1958. He went to seminary in Den­ver, Colorado, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Divinity. Dwayne taught in high school for three years in Hutchinson, Kan­sas then moved on to Sun­shine Bible Academy to teach math and science. He also served as campus chaplain and for three years as administrator of the school, in addition to his other duties.
On June 8, 1957 Dwayne married his college sweet­heart, Jean Batsell, in Bay City, Michigan, and this union produced five chil­dren—Brad, Drake, Lane, Shawn and Tamara. After Jean’s death from cancer in 1991, Dwayne married Sandra Rekett on Jan. 1, 1992.
Dwayne left SBA in 1969 to pursue a master’s de­gree in education at North­ern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, having been awarded an EPDA (Education Profes­sions Development Act) fellowship. He finished his degree in 1970, and stayed on staff to lead an­other group through their fellowships. In 1971, he moved his family to Bloom­ington, Indiana to earn both Specialist and Doc­torate degrees in Special Education/Administra­tion, again with an EPDA fellowship. He frequently praised God that He had provided him three gradu­ate degrees with a family of seven without any debt when he was done.
Dwayne’s education ca­reer took him to Vermil­lion, South Dakota, where he taught special educa­tion and administration courses for three years. The Sioux Falls school dis­trict asked him to be the special education director and prepare the district to implement PL 94-142. He did this until 1981, when he resigned and taught one year at Augustana College before moving to the Black Hills. Dwayne and a pedi­atric neurologist opened an evaluation center for handicapped children at a rehabilitation hospital in Rapid City, South Da­kota. After resigning from hospital work at the end of 1985, Dwayne began serving the Nemo Church congregation at Nemo, South Dakota, then added The Little White Church congregation in Hill City, South Dakota concurrent for 14 years, resigning from the second one in Oc­tober 2004.
He and his wife Sandy moved to an acreage near Amiret to be near four of Dwayne’s children living in the area, and in 2016 moved to Tyler, where he resided until his death on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the age of 81.
Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, his wife Jean, and two grandchildren, Hannah and Elizabeth. He is survived by his wife San­dra; his children—Brad (Denise), Drake (Nancy), Lane, Shawn Whyte, and Tamara; and Sandy’s daughter Renee (Bryan) Dodson; 13 grandchil­dren— Jaclyn (Toby) Sun­derland, Lance (Jamie) Snell, Jean (Joseph) Park­er, Nathan, Caleb and Sar­ah Snell, Tasha, Seth and Bryson Whyte, and Lee, Cheyenne, McKennan and Grace Dodson; and seven great-grandchildren—Addie, Corbin, Elizabeth, Hadassah, Evelyn, Ruthie, Waylan and Ethan.