Jason Philip Snitkey, 50, of Clive, Iowa, formerly of Walker, Iowa, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, following a sudden illness at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. In agreement with his wishes, cremation has taken place. An Irish Wake and Celebration of Jason's Life for family and friends is being planned for a later date in Walker. Private committal services will take place at a later date at Walker Cemetery in Walker.
Jason was born Jan. 9, 1971, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of H. Philip "Phil" and Carol (McMillen) Snitkey. He was a 1989 graduate of North Linn High School. On Sept. 4, 1999, Jason was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Zlabek in Walker. To this union, four children were born. Jason and Elizabeth later divorced. In his younger years, Jason attended Walker United Methodist Church. Truck driving was his passion. He was a semi-truck driver for nearly 20 years, most recently with JMS Trucking in Cedar Rapids. Jason was a proud volunteer and loved serving on the Walker Fire Department for 20 years. He enjoyed following NASCAR and was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He loved dogs, cooking on the grill and outdoor projects. Jason especially loved being with his family and friends. He had a booming voice and a contagious laugh that will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jason is survived and lovingly remembered by his four children, Nicole Snitkey of Dubuque, Iowa, Mason Snitkey, Noel Snitkey and EmmaLee Snitkey, all of Walker; their mother and Jason's former wife, Elizabeth Snitkey of Walker; his mother, Carol Snitkey of Clive; brother, Shawn (Kelly) Snitkey of Cedar Rapids; sister, Erin Snitkey of West Des Moines, Iowa; niece, Hannah Snitkey; nephew, Brennan Snitkey; and a host of extended family members, including aunts, uncles, many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Phil Snitkey, in October 2020; one aunt, Kathy Barron, in August 2020; and one uncle, Phil Kuhn, in January 2021.
A joint Irish Wake and celebration for both Jason and his father, Phil, will be announced by the family later this year.
A memorial fund has been established for his children and memorials may be sent to Walker State Bank, in care of the Jason Snitkey Memorial Fund, at 116 Greene St., Walker, IA 52352.
The family would like to express their sincere heartfelt gratitude to all the staff with the Cedar Rapids Area Ambulance, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, St. Luke's Hospital and the University of Iowa Cardiovascular ICU for the care and compassion they gave to Jason.
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