Levi W. Snow, son of Willie and Frank Snow Jr., was born on October 2, 1952 in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Levi was raised in Kansas City, MO along with his two sisters and brother. All were members of Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. Levi graduated from Central High School in 1970, and obtained a B.A. in Sociology at Park College in 1974. To maintain a balance between academics, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and continuing the pursuit of his love of basketball, Levi started on Park’s basketball team all 4 years, and was a proud Park Pirate. Sports continued to be a favorite past time throughout his life. Levi also had a love for all things related to The Temptations, knew every song, and even their smooth dance moves!
After graduation, Levi began his career as a social worker, engaging with at risk juveniles. As many can imagine, he had a way with connecting with these young individuals, with a goal to make a positive impact on their lives. His career eventually led him into Human Resources, and in this realm, Levi’s leadership was recognized and he was recommended, and accepted into Rockhurst University’s Executive MBA program, graduating in 1996. He spent the final 20 plus years of his career at the law firm, Husch Blackwell, working among a team of great individuals who became longtime friends. As Director of Human Resources, he spent many years collaborating with colleagues, and the firm’s lawyers to assure that all employees in the firm had a voice, with productive, meaningful, and successful careers. He wore many hats while at Husch including training, teaching, consulting, as well as contributing to the very important area of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Levi was frequently asked to teach courses in Human Resources at Park College, now known as Park University for many years. Ultimately retiring from his beloved workplace of 20 years, Husch Blackwell, in January 2021. Levi, who was very much a people person, was extremely passionate about working with his colleagues (friends), and the impact that a caring and effective Human Resources Department can have on an institution and its employees.
In 1992, Levi and Rebecca married after having been close friends for many years. Levi and Rebecca went on to have one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth who has been the light of his life for 28 years. Levi was quite the involved parent, always present to support Sarah in her pursuit of ballet, and various school activities. He enjoyed spending time with Sarah while away in college at Mizzou, and later proudly celebrating her career change to the nursing field, after graduating from Research College of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program.
Levi’s courageous battle with cancer ended on July 17, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents, and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, daughter Sarah, son-in-law Julius, and first grandson, Alexander Levi (due to arrive the day before his grandpa’s birthday!) many cousins, a niece, sister and brothers-in-law, a sister and brother, countless wonderful friends and neighbors.
Levi was a bright spirit with a smile that lit up every room, had a contagious laugh, and gave the best bear hugs. He will be immensely missed, but not forgotten, ever.
Visitation will be from 11-12PM on Saturday, July 29th at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel with a funeral service starting at 12:00pm. Burial will follow in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Saint Luke’s Hospital Cancer Institute, where Levi received extraordinary care from physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel. Please consider donating in Levi’s memory to further support the Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute at: https://saintlukesgiving.givevirtuous.org/Donate. The Snow family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Addison Tolentino, and all the nurses and supportive care staff in the Cancer Institute, inpatient units, and St. Luke’s Hospice House.