CEO Rick Snavely shares about the passing of his father. - Monday, June 12Click to listen


The Founding of Family Life

In 1957, a young man named Dick Snavely took a bold step of obedience. After receiving an invitation from a group of interested laymen, Dick Snavely moved his family from Lancaster County, PA to Naples, NY in order to form a specialized ministry to area teenagers. With the help of the Lord, "Area Youth For Christ" was born in New York’s western Finger Lakes area.

Little did he realize the impact that decision would make 60 years later. Though the methods of ministry have changed over the past six decades, the vision and mission of what is now known as Family Life remain the same: to impact lives with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ.


Richard “Dick” Mellinger Snavely, 86 of Avoca, NY walked into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday evening, June 11, 2017 at the Vincent Home in Wayland, NY.  Dick was born on June 4, 1931 to Abram and Anna Snavely in Strasburg, PA.  On June 21, 1952, he married Jacqueline “Jackie” DeVere, who survives him, and they were blessed with four loving children: Carol Book (Roger) of Jasper, GA, Rick Snavely (Sherri) of Avoca, NY, Randy Snavely (Kristina) of Bath, NY, and Ron Snavely (Pam) of Painted Post, NY.  Dick and Jackie have 11 grandchildren; Ben Canaday (Emily), Jennifer Canaday, Chad Snavely (Kasey), Rachelle Miller (Justin), Adam Snavely (McKenzie), Drew Snavely, Luke Snavely, Olivia Snavely, Taylor Young (Clayton), Meredith Snavely, Nate Snavely and one great granddaughter, Mila.

Dick was the founder of Family Life Ministries, Inc.  Dick and Jackie moved from Lancaster County, PA in 1957 to begin a youth ministry called Area Youth for Christ.  The organization grew and began its first radio station in 1983.  Over the next 30 years the radio outreach grew to nearly 70 outlets throughout NY and PA.  In 1986, the organization changed its name to Family Life Ministries (Family Life).  To commemorate the ministry’s 50th anniversary in 2007, Dick wrote an autobiography “An Ordinary Guy…With The Extraordinary God” detailing the history of Family Life.  Dick was also the driving force behind the creation of New Life Homes-Snell Farm in the early 70s, a home that provided hope and direction to delinquent youths.

The Snavely family wish to express its sincere appreciation to Care First in Corning, NY and The Vincent Home in Wayland, NY for their help, care, and love. 

An informal time of gathering for calling hours will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, June 16 at the Family Life Center at 7634 Campbell Creek Road in Bath, NY.  A memorial service honoring the God that Dick served will take place at the same location on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 AM.  Dick will be laid to rest at the Valley View Cemetery in Avoca, NY.  In lieu of flowers, gifts given in memory of Dick Snavely can be made to Family Life Ministries’ Building Fund; PO Box 506; Bath, NY 14810. Or by clicking the MEMORIAL GIFTS button below.

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Bob Price on 06.12.17, 8:40 AM

My dad passed away 2 years ago and I remember him sharing the story of Dick and him praying together in the farm-house I grew up in in Jasper, NY. They both shared a passion for young people in the public schools. I will miss Dick more than words can express. Our loss is heaven's gain !!!

Darcy Fesmire on 06.12.17, 8:44 AM

While we have the hope of glory, good byes are never fun. Praying for you all in your loss and thanking God for His servant.

George Tanti on 06.12.17, 8:45 AM

A man of faith, who loved the Lord and people. He had a vision, that continues on today, until the Lord's return. Praying that many will come to know Jesus through this time, and comfort for family and friends.

sandy smalley on 06.12.17, 8:58 AM

The Lord has gained another special angel. Thoughts and prayers to the Snavely Family.

Richard Fairchild on 06.12.17, 8:59 AM

I have great memories of Dick. His business philosophy of "The Worker is more important than the work", is something I have adopted now that I am an operations manager with 80 people on contract. Also his patience and enthusiasm with my daughter as she showed him her fledging coin collection. She still has a coin he gave her 15 years later!

You will be missed. But Glory to God!

Joyce Butler on 06.12.17, 9:05 AM

Dick Snavely, more than anyone, influenced my walk with the Lord.I was very involved in YFC back in the 60's and my brother and I rode to the weekly rallies with Dick.We had lots of serious discussions as well as lots of laughs.He gave me a real passion for the lost which has stayed with me these many years.He urged me to marry a godly man who would share that passion. (which I did.) I can still hear him singing, "To God be the Glory,great things He hath Done!" It's a great comfort to know that Dick is in the very presence of the Savior he served so well.I'm looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven!

MaryLou & Grant Gehman on 06.12.17, 9:06 AM

So blessed to know this man (and Jackie), to be part of the FLN family from week 3, and to share in the years of watching God do all the tremendous things He did through Dick's obedience to the call on his life. I can just imagine the corridor that awaited to welcome his arrival in Heaven of family, friends, those who came to Christ because of Dick choosing to allow God to work through him--but Dick's focus is on seeing his Savior and Lord. "Well done! thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord." Until we meet again...

Paula Whitney on 06.12.17, 9:09 AM

Praising God for the blessings of a man that listened to the still small voice of his God. The impact that will be felt and seen for many more generations.

Tom Tremper on 06.12.17, 9:09 AM

I'm so very thankful for the blessings of family life. Thank you Dick, your ministry has blessed me more than I can explain. Since I never had the chance to meet you in this life, I'll have to meet you in heaven. God bless you, your family, and your friends.

Joanne Heaton on 06.12.17, 9:10 AM

Sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.

Roberta O'Brien on 06.12.17, 9:11 AM

A wonderful man of faith. We will miss him. I know he is happy to be home with Jesus. Praying for comfort for his loving family.

Sabrina Scelsi on 06.12.17, 9:13 AM

Even though we know it's their time, it's so very difficult for those of us left behind. Even though we know we have been incredibly blessed with Jesus taking the sting out of death, we still grieve deeply. I pray for you and your family to feel the presence of Jesus carrying you when you need it most. Make sure you give yourself that time to fall into Jesus' arms and cry. There is such healing that comes from that. With much love and prayer,
The Scelsi Family ❤️

Elaine Coddington on 06.12.17, 9:14 AM

What a legacy this man left!!! I am blessed to raise my children with such strong Christian influence! This ministry is changing lives both here and in eternity. Good and faithful servant indeed!!!May The Lord comfort everyone that was close to this man of God. May your grieving be shortened and your hearts rejoice in the promise of eternal life! Praise God that all who know Him live forever!! May you find comfort in that promise!!

Kathy on 06.12.17, 9:15 AM

just think of stepping on the shore and find heaven,
of touching a hand and finding it God's,
of breathing new air and finding it celestial,
of waking up in glory and finding it home!

Just think of what he has experienced already! Prayers for family and loved ones as they walk through some difficult days but rejoice in Mr. Snavely's promotion!

Merrilleen on 06.12.17, 9:19 AM

Sorry for your loss, but he see's Jesus!!

Pastor Lenny Fuller on 06.12.17, 9:23 AM

I thank God for Mr.Dick Snavely and family call to fellow God's call. FLN is a blessing to all. Thank You; My prayers are with you all.

Bill McFeaters on 06.12.17, 9:24 AM

God gifted our area a gracious and Godly man to impact the culture for Jesus Christ. He will be missed, but God's purposes remain; may we be faithful to the cause and imitate Dick as he imitated Christ.

Rev. Eric Jensen on 06.12.17, 9:25 AM

"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father" Matthew 5:16 (NLT).
Many people are praising God for the mission and vision and faith of Dick that has impacted so many for the kingdom of God. I would include myself that have been greatly blessed through the ministry of Family Life. I pray for God's continued blessings on the ministry of Family Life as you continue to proclaim Jesus!

Lisa Leschner and family on 06.12.17, 9:25 AM

Dick Snavely has had a big influence on myself and family. Great man of God. Hugs and prayers for family. Celebrating he is in a Glorious place.

Trudi Cook on 06.12.17, 9:27 AM

So thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from Dick, about obedience, faithfulness, giving all glory to God and more. So many memories - of Dick telling me "God has a plan" as he walked by my desk, or asking me "Are you glad you're saved?" Funny memories of a storyteller who could always make us laugh, snapshots in my head of Dick leading the Conga line at Sharathon, smiling as he watched "his kids" do the work of the Lord...I feel privileged to have been a part of "the family" and to have known this gentle servant of the Lord.

Ruth Hauger on 06.12.17, 9:36 AM

I am sorry for your loss. My dad passed away ten years ago on Friday, and I know losing a dad leaves a big hole in your heart. May you find comfort in knowing he is in a better place, and you will have a grand reunion one day.

Denny Brownlee on 06.12.17, 9:45 AM

It was Dick's words, "The worker is more important than the work, because Jesus died for the worker," that convinced us to come to Family Life. He now knows the full meaning of those words. Yesterday in church, a piano prelude included the song, "To God Be the Glory." I immediately thought of Dick, and said, "Lord, is today the day?" Indeed. Go rest high upon the mountain, well done, good and faithful servant."

Don Sunshine on 06.12.17, 9:51 AM

I cherish the time I fellowshipped with Dick while serving the Lord at Family Life. He was like a second father to me and we shared a God given desire to see the lost come to faith in Christ. I look forward to seeing him in glory!

Steve and Gail Stowe on 06.12.17, 9:52 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss, but your Dad got his wish: he met Jesus face to face! I am sure that he was greeted with "Well done, my faithful Servant!" God Bless this amazing man and the legacy that will live forever! Blessings and prayers for the family..may God give you strength and comfort in the coming days.

Rachel Parsels on 06.12.17, 9:52 AM

Feel so blessed to have known this man! Remember our deal and send me a big sign.

Patsy Drake on 06.12.17, 10:03 AM

So very thankful for this man and his legacy. His sweet spirit and love for people was evident in all that he did. Family Life was an extension of my own family...helping me raise my four children in a Godly environment...from involvement in the teen music ministry, children's radio spots, Saturday morning kid's programming (Uncle Charlie and Adventures in Odyssey) or listening to the many Biblical teachings for raising my children or having a Godly marriage, I am truly thankful and blessed by this man and his vision and calling. It's also been a blessing to have friendships with some of his family members over the years--they have truly touched my life in many, many ways. What a celebration he is now able to have in the presence of our Lord and Savior!

Ralph & Darlene Howard on 06.12.17, 10:08 AM

What a privilege to know such an "ordinary" man with such an extraordinary legacy! We are so glad to share in the ministry of Flm! Please accept our condolences and prayers go heavenward for his family and the whole flm family where he will be missed.

Anita Kropf on 06.12.17, 10:14 AM

So thankful to this family for their obedience to the Lord and the ministry of Christian radio that has been salt and light in NY for so many years. I remember beginning to listen to FLN in my youth and now my children listen. We're praying for the family during this time of loss, but also rejoicing to know that Dick is with His Lord and Savior! I am reminded that he continues to lay up treasure in heaven, because his work on earth is not continues and I believe that he invested well. God bless the family and FLN!

Jon Austin on 06.12.17, 10:24 AM

What a true example of a Christian life! Thank you to the BGEA for
being a part of Dick's foundation. To all the Snavely Family, Blessings and God's Grace to each and everyone. To all the FLN team, you have been blessed in your association with Dick and Jackie.
We have all been left with our own memories until we are joined again.
To God Be The Glory, Great Things He Hath Done !

Jack Hager on 06.12.17, 10:28 AM

Got word last night that Dick Snavely, founder of Family Life Ministries/Network (headquartered in Bath, NY) had transferred into the presence of our Lord.

He had been ill for many months, was ready…even eager…to step out of this life into the next.

I’ve known Dick at some level for almost four decades. For 21 of those years he was my “boss” as I served at Family Life.

For all of those years he was my friend.

Certainly not old enough to be my dad, but he was as close to a Dad as I had.

Over the years I sought his counsel on many crucial decisions. Over those years he offered unsolicited counsel, but in a kind and gentle way that I recognized was designed only to help me mature as a man and as a follower of Christ.

Perfect? Of course not.

And he’d be the first to say so.

But consistent, caring, and compassionate.

He wrote and published an autobiography several years ago An Ordinary Guy with The Extraordinary God which is also a history of the ministry he founded.

I last saw him a couple years ago. He was frail, but had a sharp mind. Prayed for me before I left.

And I pray comfort for his precious wife Jackie, and for the rest of the immediate family; and for the Spirit-extended family…the thousands upon thousands of lives “impacted with the message of hope” through this wonderful man.

If you never had the chance to meet him, perhaps I’ll have the privilege of introducing you to him in glory.

Eileen B on 06.12.17, 10:44 AM

and I am sure the first words you heard, Dick, were, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." We are praying for your family as they go through this difficult time.

Felice and Jim Haggerty on 06.12.17, 10:55 AM

Dear FLN, What a legacy left in the wake of the passing of a man whose life was dedicated to reaching the lost for our Lord and Savior. Oh the crown he will receive for his labor.
To God be the glory that we are not without hope- and our future is secure. Thank You Dick Snavely for being a huge part of my life and my familie's life in pointing us to the ONE.

Anita Colwell on 06.12.17, 10:58 AM

Dick and Family Life/YFC/Campus Life are a big part of my growing up and will always be thought about with much gratitude and some of the best memories of my teen years. This is where I made the best friends, and it was always the highlight of my week to go to the Saturday night events. Dick will always be held in my heart with high regard and respect, and thankfulness for all he did to play a part in where I am today in my walk with the Lord.

Bill Collum on 06.12.17, 11:04 AM

My heart hurts, for the family, for the FLN listeners, for the thousands who have been blessed by the ministry that God led this great man to begin, of whom I am one. I've never forgotten the few encounters I had with him, a true man of integrity. Now that I have moved to the Gulf Coast, I regret that I'll not be there to be with you all at his coronation service. He has received his well deserved crown now, and I pray that the comfort and peace of our Lord will be with all his loved ones as you navigate these difficult waters. We love you all.

Jennifer Arbach on 06.12.17, 11:09 AM

Dick Snavely's passing is bittersweet: a man whose legacy has been felt by tens of thousands yet leaves grieving in its path. Though for the believer, the grief is short-lived knowing the promise of new life through Christ Jesus!
My condolences to the Snavely family.

Susan Marsh on 06.12.17, 11:22 AM

Thank you Dick for the vision you had. Youth for Christ, back in the 70"s, had a great influence in leading me to Christ. Enjoy your just reward.

John and Cathy Reitz on 06.12.17, 11:22 AM

We are sorry to hear about the passing of you father. He has touched the lives of so many people and will be missed. He is with our heavenly Father enjoying being in the presences of our Lord. Thank you for all he and Family Life does. God Bless

Mary and Phil Latona on 06.12.17, 11:37 AM

He is at home now,in the glorious presence of Jesus. And soon, we will be joining him in the rapture! A grand reunion is coming... we'll finally be at home!

Karen Maus on 06.12.17, 11:40 AM

While I no longer live in the area, I will always thankfully remember listening to the radio and attending the many functions. What a wonderful testimony and legacy!

Tony Marvelli, bassist for Denver & the Mile High Orchestra on 06.12.17, 11:42 AM

For myself and on behalf of the Denver & the Mile High Orchestra family, we send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Snavely family. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dick Snavely, John Owens, and Denny Brownlee for bringing the unique Denver & the Mile High Orchestra sound to western N.Y. and northern PA. You will always be a part of the DMHO family. Rest well and in peace, friend. And, we'll be listening for that 500kW'er in Heaven when we're called home.

Jeanine Maier on 06.12.17, 11:47 AM

I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Snavely, but it's clear that he was an amazing man of God. Just look at the legacy he left behind in Family Life! Talk about a life totally dedicated to serving the Lord - wow. And now he's reaping his well-deserved reward as he worships at the feet of Christ in perfect peace. Pete and I send our sympathies to the family and are rejoicing in Mr. Snavely's homegoing.

Chuck and Judy Johnston on 06.12.17, 11:49 AM

I remember when Dick first came to Horseheads some 52 years ago, and we worked together to start a YFC program in our area. It was a real privilege sharing our efforts and seeing the ministry grow under Dick's direction. God has truly blessed Dick and his family as they have labored together. Our prayers go out to Jackie and the boys in their time of bereavment. I know he will be greatly missed.
Chuck Johnston

Donna Court on 06.12.17, 11:54 AM

I would like to express how deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man of God, but happy to know that he is now in the arms of his almighty father God. My sympathy and prayers to those he leaves behind. I am sure those of us who have been listening and supporting this station for any length of time feel as if we have lost a close friend but find solace knowing that he is in heaven and one day we shall meet. Praise God for this wonderful man of God.

threase on 06.12.17, 12:02 PM

20 years ago I heard a man,s voice come over the radio that man was Dick Snavely,his program changed my life ,I have been listening to the family life ever since. Dick was a remarkable man, and leaves an amazing legancy behind,,,my heart goes out to his family ,I lost my father a few months back and I know the pain and sorrow,, may god be with all of you in the coming days and months ahead.

Denise Arnold on 06.12.17, 12:02 PM

Condolences to the family and staff of Family Life. Mr. Snavely's legacy lives on in the thousands of lives his ministry has touched.

Ralph and Carol Begeal on 06.12.17, 12:10 PM

What a blessing this man has been. We thank God he followed God's directions. His visions have helped us in our walk with the Lord and raising our now, grown children.
We pray that his family will be given comfort in knowing that they know, he is in the glorious love. ❤️

Kathy on 06.12.17, 12:23 PM

What a tremendous Blessing he was... He will be missed, but he is rejoicing with the angels!!

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Brian Larsen on 06.12.17, 12:31 PM

God has received a true angel. Dick Snavely and the FLM has been a big part of life throughout the years, and I feel blessed to have known him!

Michael C Stryker on 06.12.17, 1:12 PM

Dick Snavely, such a Man of God...He will be missed BUT he left us with so much to be thankful for...Without his vision, FLM would not have evolved...Prayers of condolences to Jackie and her family...

Mary Lou C on 06.12.17, 1:15 PM

We will miss him here, and be united again someday forever.

David G Smith on 06.12.17, 1:26 PM

Youth for Christ was a big help to me growing up by bolstering my faith. Thank you Dick for your vision. Praying for comfort and blessings on the family.

Yvonne Calkins Hazlett on 06.12.17, 1:52 PM

Dick was my boss when I worked at the sattelite ministry of Finger Lakes Youth for Christ. The setting I saw him the most was Wednesday weekly staff meetings. He constantly urged us to be in God's Word - daily. He was the head of the most important influence in my life: Youth For Christ/now Family Life. What a great man of God!

Kendra Pitillo on 06.12.17, 1:58 PM

The greatest of thanks and admiration to this man. Such an inspiration in following your heart, and the path God lays out for you changing one life at a time. Family Life is a very big part of my listening and learning world. Brought to life by one amazing man.

Kevin VanBuren on 06.12.17, 2:25 PM

I'll be forever grateful to Dick for giving a kid fresh out of college his first full-time radio "job". But as he so often reminded us... it wasn't a job , it was a ministry. That's how he lived his life, serving others. A life well-lived- to God be the Glory!

Debra Ackley on 06.12.17, 2:25 PM

I can't share yet. So sorry for Mr.Snavely's family.

Lorri Compton on 06.12.17, 2:31 PM

I will forever be thankful and grateful for Dick Snavely's vision of a regional outreach center. I was saved at YFC as a preteen in the 70's. A wonderful beginning to my spiritual journey. I appreciated Dick's labor of love even more after reading his book. His one life touched countless others and his legacy lives on through us.

Jim and Diana Harris on 06.12.17, 2:37 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Rejoice in the fact that he is home. He left a great legacy which will be with us serving the Lord for many years to come.

Bob & Kathy on 06.12.17, 2:52 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss...many, as you already know, have come to the Lord thru this man's voice & words...many have come to help bring the Word to others thru his vision...we enjoy Family Life in many ways. He will always be remembered for his WORKS...& who he believed should get the Glory for it all...He is now with his Lord & Master...prayers for the family!

Joe and Deborah Borrelli on 06.12.17, 2:54 PM

What sadness we are feeling today - for us, but happy for him for he is with our Jesus! Up until Dick could no longer come into Family Life, he was our first coffee 'customer' when Joe and I made coffee for the dinner events. He took milk in his coffee, not cream, so I would go to the cooler and get some milk. Since then, every time we make coffee at dinner events, we talk about Dick and how much we miss him. A lovely man.

Mika on 06.12.17, 2:55 PM

I'm beyond thankful that God brought me to the Snavely family and that I could call You my grandpa. Thank You for enriching my life. Sending out the warmest thoughts and prayers from Germany.

Phil & Judy Keith on 06.12.17, 3:25 PM

What a godly man and what an amazing legacy he's left behind! It was always enjoyable to hear him sign off of the daily Family Life Reports by saying "Make it a Great Day!" He must be having the BEST day (so far) of his life today!!! We're so thankful to have known Dick a tiny bit(loved his book!). It will be wonderful to get to know him well when we enter eternity. Where do we sign up for the tour of his Mansion? It must be exquisite! In the meantime, we continue to pray for the family and friends and of course, Family Life! God bless.

Jamie Isaac on 06.12.17, 3:39 PM

Although I didn't know Dick personally, I came to love listening to him on the radio. Family Life has been such a blessing to me through many hard times. I have been a faithful listener for 30 years. Sending love and prayers for all of Dick's family, who I know will miss him greatly. What a wonderful day for him though, to be on the other side with all those saints who have gone before!

Dan Owen on 06.12.17, 3:47 PM

What a great man! It was through FLN radio that I was able to start knowing our Lord. I ended up going to FLN to a "Sharafon" and met Dick. After talking to him and others there I knew I was on the right road in life. It was Dicks hard work and him following his calling that I give credit for helping me know God. I'm sure God had a hand in my conversion using what Dick started 60 years ago. I'll always remember conversations with Dick and will miss him until the day that is in reserve for us.

Jean & Karla Hetherington on 06.12.17, 3:53 PM

We are sad to hear of Dick's passing. His gentle manner disguised his warrior soul for Christ. We spent a couple of years with Family Life, but Dick was and continues to be an inspiration to us.
Our sorrow at his passing is tempered by the knowledge of his joy in the presence of his and our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Ed and Denise Waasdorp on 06.12.17, 4:11 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackie, Rick, Randy, Ron and the whole Snavely family as we heard the news of Dick's passing this morning. May you all experience God's comfort and closeness as you mourn and miss Dick in the coming days, weeks and months. Yet at the same time we all rejoice with and for him and you all, as Dick has gone to glory. What a wonderful legacy he has left! We remember years ago, when Dick used to give the daily "FLN Report" on the radio, he always closed with, "Make it a GREAT day with us, right here on the Family Life Network!" So now Dick got to be on the other side of that message as the angels in Heaven made it a great day for Dick as he was received into the presence of Jesus!

Cindy on 06.12.17, 4:15 PM

Thank you Mr. Snavely. It was your voice and vision that lead me back to my faithful Lord and Savior. My sincere condolences to the family of FLN.

Aaron Mullen on 06.12.17, 4:25 PM

I'm so thankful for the legacy left by Dick Snavely. His life has greatly impacted my life and my family's.

Lance P. Rohr on 06.12.17, 4:41 PM

I did not get to work with Dick that long, but he taught me two things in the time we did ... Love the Lord with everything you do, and there is always time for a good joke.. Thank you Dick Snavely. Thank You..

Kandice on 06.12.17, 4:41 PM

Awww...I remember when i came back from deployment he patted me on the head and said "your my little hero". We became email pen pals on deployment and i have every one of them saved ❤

Eva Cornish on 06.12.17, 4:54 PM

Today we are less a great man. Heaven is rejoycing. May all those who have ever been touched by this precious soul retain the touch of his life so that they may be closer to heaven. I pray comfort for the family and Praise to a loving Savior for his precios life lived in Christ. We will miss his presence but what a joyful day for him. Praise the Lord!

Joanne Allen, Cody on 06.12.17, 4:58 PM

God used Dick in a mighty way in my life. Twenty years ago my husband committed suicide. It was Dick who gave me a job, and probably saved my sanity. When I didn't want to talk to anyone, he would find me, no matter where I was in the building. He would gently get me to talk, many times cry. We would pray together. With his gentleness, and Godly way my heart began to heal.

I have often said, God put me exactly where He knew I would be loved and reminded, that even though this horrific tragedy happened. God was there loving me through it.

I loved Dick Snavely, I was blessed to know him.

June Dyke on 06.12.17, 5:16 PM

The "ordinary man" met his "extraordinary God"!

Dianne Barker on 06.12.17, 5:19 PM

I had the opportunity to go to a Youth For Christ Rally at the Corning War Memorial Stadium in June of 1974. I remember sitting in the stadium listening to Mr. Snavely. I made my Altar call that evening. Church had always been a huge part of my life and I had always been a believer, but I gave my life to our Savior that night. Thank you from one of "your kids" and praising our Lord for the vision He placed in your heart all those years ago.

Dawn Longwell Coots on 06.12.17, 5:26 PM

When I received the text from Sherri last night, I had both happy and sad thoughts for a remarkable man's legacy. Sad for those who are here on earth still, but rejoicing that he is in heaven. He is "Singing with the Saints" and has joined that great heavenly choir. He was truly a servant of God and influenced my life from my teenage years on. Area Youth For Christ was a great organization and how it has been transformed in to FLM is awesome. I will never forgot the impact Dick had on my life. My God bless you all and please know you are in my prayers.

Patricia Alsheimer Broderick on 06.12.17, 5:28 PM

As a child Mr. Snavely was my neighbor. He took me to church and I accepted Jesus Christ July 1, 1965! He will forever be in my heart and soul and I will hug him again! God bless you Dick Snavely! You have touched so many lives! ❤️

Frank "Williams" Guillaume-Christian Pulpit Supply Pastor on 06.12.17, 5:35 PM

I was both saddened & overjoyed at the news of Dick Snavely's passing on Sunday. Sad because our earthly separation from a great friend of God & a guardian angel of us all. Overjoyed because not only did Dick sing "To God be the Glory" he's with HIM in GLORY! Family Life has had a great impact & will continue to have lasting impacts on many lives. My wife Julie is a Houghton College grad 1982 & my daughter Fille is a Liberty University grad 2013. I continue to listen every time I get the chance & use "teaching", "music' & sheer "grace" in many services that I get from listening to Family Life! One man on the newscast Monday at 5pm called him a "soldier for Christ" he's a multi-decorated soldier WITH Christ!
Dear God... thank you in EVERY way for the life of this very special man...Dick Snavely.
God's Love, & Prayers,
Frank "Willilams" Guillaume, (wife) Julie & (daughter) Fille !

Jeanetta Brimmer Reed on 06.12.17, 5:47 PM

Dick had one of his very first youth gatherings in my parents home in Wayne, New York when I was a teenager ----> a l.o.n.g. time ago!!! The Brimmer siblings so looked forward to the weekend meetings in different high school auditoriums through our teen years! When my own children were teens, we moved back into the area for a few years and it was their turn to spend time at the center in Kanona!!!! How they loved the 'all-nighters'! What precious memories!

Delinda Alloway on 06.12.17, 5:54 PM

It has been a privilege to have known Dick my entire life. From rallies at FLM as a young kid to being able to volunteering as an adult. My most cherished memory was soon after his book was published. We sat at a table in the auditorium talking about the book and the things he mentioned in it about my Grandfather Shelby Smith. He spent the next 2 hours telling me story after story about my grandfather. Things I would have never known. I will see you again some day Dick and until then I will follow your example to live life with integrity and keep doing what the Lord directs me to do for His kingdom. Loys of love to Jackie and the whole Snavely family.

Valerie Pruitt on 06.12.17, 6:24 PM

I have not known this gentleman personally but have been blessed by the ministry of Family Life .Thank you now you will enter into rest and reward. What a great reward it will be

Terese Main on 06.12.17, 6:54 PM

Dick always had a twinkle in his eye. Was it pure joy, or was he up to something? Maybe a little of both. I will forever be thankful for the time I knew Dick. I am looking forward to praising God in Heaven with him!

The Parker Family on 06.12.17, 7:03 PM

Words cannot express the impact that Dick Snavely's ministry had on us kids (Randy, Ron, Diane and Rob) as we grew up attending YFC/FLM every weekend, participating in the traveling singing groups, taking classes in leading others to Christ....
Dicks sacrifice and committed vision provided an atmosphere for us to grow in our salvation while having a blast. We are forever indebted to him!! Lord, help us do the same for THIS generation!

Kevin Davis on 06.12.17, 8:01 PM

Dick was one of the humblest and people-loving men I've ever met and a great example of the kind of ministers of the gospel we should all strive to be. Truly our loss is his and heaven's gain. Love to Jackie and the rest of his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Storm on 06.12.17, 8:02 PM

I went to school with Carol and Rick, graduated with Carol.My heart goes out to them and the family.RIP Mr.Snavely.

Liz Houser on 06.12.17, 8:24 PM

Dick always had a servants heart I saw it in action one night when I was attending a dinner concert at FLM. He first performed his "up front duties" and shortly thereafter , I glanced up from my delicious meal and there he was...........Working on getting the full garbage bag out of the can, What a guy!

Cheryl Strait Wright on 06.12.17, 8:43 PM

His ministry touched so many young lives, myself included as we grew up attending rollerskating and listening to his words. Our youth group would spend hours memorizing Bible verses to compete against other youth groups at the YFC. It was a building where young people could go for a variety of activities where the words of the Lord were heard and I am thankful for that. God bless your family.

Margaret Brooks on 06.12.17, 9:10 PM

I thank God for his obedience because his station was all that I had with God when I first got saved.

Dora L. Hulbert on 06.12.17, 9:24 PM

Our loss is heaven's gain. The ministry started by Dick has certainly been a great blessing. Didn't grow up here, so didn't experience his ministry in my youth, but I did grow up under the ministry of Youth For Christ. It is a great work and beneficial to everyone reached by it! And his legacy will live on for a long time.

Bruce Barrows on 06.12.17, 9:29 PM

Jackie, Rick, Randy, Ron and the entire Snavely family: May you feel the arms of Jesus wrapped around you as you navigate this difficult time. Like Dick, so many will share eternity with Jesus because of his willingness to be used by God. I won't forget him leading "Joy To The World" at staff Christmas parties and reminding us "To God be the glory" on so many occasions. Dick is now experiencing the glory of God in His presence.

Nancy Carmichael on 06.12.17, 9:29 PM

A truly kind and genuine man. I was just one of countless volunteers over the years, and yet in every interaction we ever had, he knew me by name.

Linda ( Hodges ) Boorum on 06.12.17, 9:33 PM

Our loss-Heaven's gain. My sister, my cousin & I were in Youth For Christ when we were growing up in Stueben County. Dick Snavely was our YFC Director. Later on he founded Family Life Radio Network Ministry and opened the Center in Bath, NY He truly was a man of God. I am so glad he cared about the youth. We went to YFC Rallies held in the schools around the area as well as belonging to our own town YFC Club. We were on the Quiz Team and we sure enjoyed studying the Bible to be ready to compete with the other teams and try to be the first to answer the questions to help our team win. We went to YFC camp which was held at Canadaigua Lake each yr. and also many YFC Retreats held at Stony Brook State Park in Dansville, NY. He is at the feet of Jesus now. What a legacy for Christ he left behind. Many souls are in Heaven now or a going there someday because of him.

Kim Heckman on 06.12.17, 10:10 PM

I am one of many who was introduced, at a YFC meeting led by Dick Snavely, to the notion that I needed to make a personal decision to accept God's gift of a Saviour. He has left quite a legacy. I will remember him every time I sing "To God Be the Glory" and "Just as I Am." Prayers for Jackie and the family.

Thom & Kathy Bemus on 06.12.17, 10:26 PM

Dick was one of the first people to meet us when we first visited FLN during a trip that took us by during a Sharathon. His warm greeting to a couple of strangers spoke volumes about him and the incredible ministry God built through him. We're so thankful for his faithfulness that has had such a huge impact on so many, including us. Well done good and faithful servant.

Kelly Moidy on 06.12.17, 10:28 PM

Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of the Lord.
I thank God for Mr. Snavely, for without him, there would be no "Family Life" to bless us each and every day! Can't wait to meet you when I get to heaven someday.
"To God be the Glory"

Dale L. on 06.12.17, 10:50 PM

Thank you for your dream and your faithful serviceto the Lord. You have enable many, many people to know the lovery and salvation offered by our Savior. MAY your family find comfort in the arms of the most high King.

Eileen (Galusha) Mawhiney Riley on 06.12.17, 10:59 PM

I thank God for Dick. His ministry at YFC meant so much to me as a teen & helped me grow up in the Lord. When my children became teens Family Life with Rick and Randy were there for them. May God bless the Snavely family as they continue to serve Him.

Loreen (Button) Karr on 06.12.17, 11:11 PM

My teen years were so entwined with YFC and Dick Snavely. Every time the doors were open, I was there. My wedding reception was there with The Potter's Clay singing. So many memories and good times ( rallies, Campus life, rollerskating,Holiday Teen convention, quizzing, the electric chair, Walkathon, best friends..) My four daughters all grew up involved with Family Life Ministries. What a legacy he has left to others through his God given vision. So thankful to have been touched by his life. He will be greatly missed by many. I picture him in heaven with many jewels in his crown!!!

Donna Russo on 06.13.17, 12:10 AM

I am thankful that Dick Snavely was willing to partner with a fledgling festival ministry 30 years ago. Fred Caserta will be looking to welcome Dick home. Well done faithful servant.
Randy, Rick and your family - you are in my prayers. It's still not easy to say goodbye for now, praying for peace and comfort.

Kelvin Jones on 06.13.17, 12:29 AM

Dick was a great Christ follower himself and he inspired others to do the same. Both my life and my wife's were impacted positively by his leadership. May God comfort his loved ones.

Ian Ticonchuk on 06.13.17, 12:45 AM

I am very sorry to hear about the death of one so dedicated to the work of God. I, too share Dick's passion for youth. I pray that Dicks family and friends would receive the comfort that only God can give. While we are all saddened by the loss of one who touched so many lives, we rejoice in the fact that he is now in the presence of Jesus.

Debra Ackley on 06.13.17, 12:48 AM

I have cried every time I have thought of this mans passing today. I can't post the total reason- because much would be lost in the hiding of my emotions- and the circumstances and my frame of mind when I met him. I don't know if very many people would understand what I was trying to get across, due to not everyone having had crimes against them. Those with no faith? I couldn't stand to have my life transformation dismissed or mocked. But I have to try and post this... I should say that am am happy that he is with Our Lord- but I feel selfish- and it embarrasses me..... I feel bad for his family- I feel bad for every person that Mr. Snavley's faith and gentle spirit touched. This mans faith impacted millions of people- I am certain of THAT...... yet 11 years ago- when I was at my worse...and I trusted no other human being- especially men. I felt led to meet him. This man allowed me to have a meeting with him- a meeting that changed my WHOLE life- all because he represented exactly what Christ asks us to do.... with compassion, much concern and gentleness he listened. I know of no other human being that would have been able to take in all I had to say- no other. I could see that Mr. Snavey hurt for me. His strength in his counsel, prayer led me know that truly- I mattered. He helped me to know that all of the times that I felt Gods presence, were in deed fact- God was with me. That God would again bring me into peace and safety.
I praise God for that very first time I heard Family Life radio- another "God moment" story that led me to talk with Mr. Snavely- which led me to listen more to God- and His promptings that brought me into His service.

Brenda Hapeman Youngs on 06.13.17, 12:55 AM

Condolences to the family. Ricky was a great man, I have a lot of memories as a teen at the youth center

Gary Fizzano on 06.13.17, 1:06 AM

One of the greatest pioneers in ministry who never lost his foundation, his faith, his focus, and his love for family (which was extended to many!) In the time I was there, he would always carry himself with a confidence and assurance that God was in control and on the move to do something great. That was inspiring and encouraging to all. Dick was the real deal and God used him greatly! To God be the glory! (I have missed his yearly eggnog stroll each year at Christmas time, walking around the office giving a cup to all!)

Pastor Jeff McDowell on 06.13.17, 4:24 AM

A man of great spiritual power through his prayers and Gods faithfulness, Dick has blessed me with his kind words, wise perspective and humble heart. Thanks be to God for saving This servant's soul so many year ago! To God be all the glory!

Alberta Reed on 06.13.17, 5:08 AM

My condolensces to the family and whole listening audience.
He was a man with a vision and went forward with that vision on faith. God used him im mighty ways to bring people to the Lord, and for people to be healed plus encouraged in our walk with the Lord.
He is in the presence of our Lord free from struggles.
May God comfort his family and give peace.

Jim Carl on 06.13.17, 7:24 AM

"Hey, Jim Carl, are you glad you're saved?"
I would look up from my desk to see Dick standing in my office doorway, just stopping by to say hi and give a brief word of encouragement. Such an exchange was typical of Dick, who had the spiritual gift of encouragement, and dispensed it regularly to all he encountered.
I had the privilege of being on staff at Family Life for 14 years, all of those with my office next to Dick's. Often, I would see a staff member walk into his office and share some burden with him that was weighing them down. Dick always made time to listen, and he listened well. After some words of encouragement and often a time of prayer, the staff member would depart Dick's office with head held high and a renewed bounce in their step ready to tackle whatever was challenging them.
Many of these tributes comment that Dick served as a father-figure for the writer. The same was true for me, having lost my own father many years before.
It was a joy and an honor to serve under Dick at Family Life. Heaven's gain is our pain, but I look forward to our reunion in the future when we will worship and serve together once again.
We know that the loss of Dick, here on earth, will be felt most by Dick's family and extend our condolences to those who called him husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and more. Please draw comfort and strength from the knowledge that he is rejoicing in the very presence his Savior and Lord.

Kevin M. Kraft on 06.13.17, 7:51 AM

I'll be forever grateful to Mr. Snavely, whose self-described "ordinary" life touched so many others, including me. I look forward to seeing him again.

Kathy Bays-Hadley on 06.13.17, 8:02 AM

My condolences to Carol and her family! You dad was a great addition to the spiritual growth of so many! My Saturday nights growing up in Avoca in the 60's was blessed by this man's vision to start YFC! My prayers are with you all!

Dick (and Connie) Shelford on 06.13.17, 9:02 AM

Two men had the greatest impact on my life. The first was my father. The second was Dick Snavely. Dick entered my junior high world with a club at Dundee Central School in 1960. I met Connie through YFC events. Dick encouraged and challenged me in my spiritual growth and career choices. My last two years at college I met him in Horseheads to help lead a club for the high schoolers there. In 1969, he performed our wedding ceremony. That year I also served an internship under his guidance. Over the many years since, whether in ministry or in business, Dick remained a special friend and mentor. My words surely do not convey the respect and admiration I feel for him.
Dick, our loss is surely heaven's gain! Thank you with all my heart. We are all blessed that your legacy is so well carried on by your family... and by the many others you have inspired and mentored so faithfully.

Val Gropp on 06.13.17, 9:17 AM

The radio station...its teachings..and music...brought us through rough times and was always there for us at others, with the right Message or song...i really can't think of where we would have been without its fruit in our lives...i was a completely unchurched, newly saved believer when i started listening..and needed all of the programs..Focus on the Family, Crown Finaces, Chip Ingrams, McDonald..all the programs...then the Used Curriculum Sale..i still attend every year...i wont list anymore but it all mattered to us..what a sacrifice it must of been for Mr Snavely and his family.....God surely blessed it into our lives! Thank You

Bob & Diane Croswell on 06.13.17, 9:17 AM

While our sympathy is with Dick's family, both "blood" and "network", we can't help but be OVERJOYED at knowing EXACTLY where Dick is and how warmly he was received. You can even sense in the picture you have at the top of the page that Dick knows what's waiting for him. At the same time, I am also disappointed in myself, seeing the high mark Dick left on the wall for how one's life SHOULD be lived and how short I fall. Dick certainly "fed many lambs" on this earth, including all 3 of my daughters who have grown up with Family Life. We all owe it to him, and to Jesus, to do whatever we can to continue his life's work.

Marty Fickes on 06.13.17, 9:28 AM

Dick's fans here in Lancaster County, PA send our love and sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues. Only in heaven will we fully appreciate the depth and breadth of his lifelong ministry.

Darcie Gore on 06.13.17, 10:20 AM

How do I add to all these amazing sentiments, stories and overwhelming words of love? The first day I met Dick in the staff halls of Family Life, I left our conversation thinking... "what a warm, spunky gentleman. Full of life; full of God. I grateful to be part of his vision for Family Life." But as years passed, he became my friend. On several occasions I had the great honor of sitting in his office, across the table, soaking in grandfatherly words of wisdom and guidance. I had the distinct feeling that many had sat in that chair before me! I loved talking with Dick because of his wisdom and love for Jesus -- but mostly because he was just plain fun! That twinkle in his eye will always be with me. Shine on, Mr. Snavely. You are deeply loved. I can't wait to see you again!

Kelly Gaygen on 06.13.17, 11:19 AM

Wow, words can't express my gratitude for this ministry - FLN has served as my spiritual family since I "accidentally" found it on my way to Portville to visit my grandmother when my baby girl was born in 1995 and has ministered to me with song, words of encouragement, healing emotional scars and of course scripture, saved my marriage and gave me the courage to homeschool 2 children. Sarah and Sean will be with me in Bath today to help others in their parenting journey! While I won't be able to attend Dick's memorial service, I would like to dedicate a POEM I wrote 2 years ago to him:








June 9, 2015
Dedicated to Dick Snaveley, Founder of Family Life Ministries

His legacy lives on through the lives he touched - countless I am sure! Thank you, Jesus, for his life and courage to do Tour will to show others how You are in control,love us, protect us, and cherish us as Your son's and daughters - Amen

Joe Hibbard on 06.13.17, 12:06 PM

My prayer go out to the family and friends, of Dick Snavely. Think you for all you did for FLN. Thank you, from me and my family.

Earl & Marilyn Whittaker on 06.13.17, 1:05 PM

So thankful to be among so many others who are grateful for Dick's life! He had a tremendous impact for Christ in our area, lived out the truths that he taught others and always sought God's glory, rather than his own. We are blessed because of this great man of faith! Our love and prayers for Jackie and the whole family.

Darlene Auckland on 06.13.17, 1:35 PM

I first met Dick Snavely when I was 10 years old when he came to Arkport Methodist Church in 1957 to present the plan God had given him for a youth ministry in this area. A couple years later I became involved with going to Youth for Christ every Saturday night at several area schools. Bruce & Lois Dungan drove a car load and pevery week as she played the piano for singing. Bruce was our quiz team director. Move forward several years and my husband and I drive a car load of youth to the "youth center" in Kanona. Now as a Senior citizen I can still be found at Family Life...quite often volunteering in the kitchen. I thank God for Dick and his family and their faithfulness to His calling. I rejoice that Dick is free of his physical body and with the Lord. May God give peace and comfort to his family during this difficult time. I know God will continue to bless this ministry as Dick's legacy continues on to bigger and better things.

Pam on 06.13.17, 3:31 PM

Dick Snavely.was a great man of God Now he entered into Glory in Heaven Where Our Lord Jesus will cover him with his wings. Family life radio station has always been a great blessing to me and my family I've been a listener for many years My Thoughts and prayers go to Dick. Snavely family

JoAnn Samuelson on 06.13.17, 4:27 PM

Thank our God for all the influence you had on our family overth the years. So blessed to have known you and your dear family , Sam went on ahead of you about three months Love you ,Jackie and am praying for all of You

Michael Bosko on 06.13.17, 4:44 PM

Dick was a true visionary. His vision can now be heard in three states and all over the world via the internet. All this from one small FM station in Bath NY in 1983. He was a true giant in Christian radio. If not for Dick there may never have been FLN. We will miss him so much.

Pastor Paul A. Douglass on 06.13.17, 4:45 PM

Youth for Christ had no small influence in my life as an instrument of God's leading in my own life. My dad, Paul W. Douglass, was a close friend as well. Mixing shakes in the kitchen during Saturday night fellowships & skate nights, and otherwise learning to embrace Christians beyond the boundaries of my own church began a quiet desire in me to serve Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that is even now, after 40 years of full time ministry, continuing to grow. What a wonderful legacy for others to profit by. See you soon, my beloved friend!

Doug Kern on 06.13.17, 6:51 PM

Because one man answered the Call, many will avoid the Fall!
A true example of a Christian and a visionary, from one signal in '83 to what the radio outreach is today. Blessings and peace to the Snavely family. Dick's finally home ~ kicking up gold dust !!

Linda on 06.13.17, 6:59 PM

Dick Snavely's life has been a testimony of GREAT things that can be done when we obey God. I reread “An Ordinary Guy…With The Extraordinary God” just before stepping out in faith to start a ministry in my area. When our family moved to this area from that of a spiritual wasteland, we were so very blessed to have such a wonderful radio station to refresh our souls. With each new challenge of life, FLN has been there to encourage and strengthen us in our walk. "Thank you, Lord, for your servant Dick Snavely. Please comfort and surround his loved ones with your peace and love. May we live in obedience to You and continue Dick's legacy."

Vaughn VanSkiver on 06.13.17, 10:04 PM

I gave my life to Christ at a youth rally on July 21, 1973. A few years later I joined staff and served with Dick, and Rick, for 20 years. Dick had a tremendous impact on my life. He had an insatiable passion for those without Christ. He has fought the good fight, finished his race and kept the faith. I am so grateful for him.

Lynda Laursen Luckenbach on 06.13.17, 10:07 PM

We as a family started attending YFC in 1968 in Kanona. We attended Prattsburgh Baptist Church. My brothers and sister were on the quiz team. Dick has been an influential part of my life for years. I found the Family Life radio network in the mid 90 s and have listened with joy. I enjoy hearing Randy and Rick as well as seeing Randy at many functions at Roberts and our Rochester area churches. My heart goes out to the families and know they are sad yet they rejoice with Dick as he goes to his heavenly home. Thank you for sharing with us all of these years Dick and your family. God be with the Snavely families as the celebrate his life in the coming days.

Kristin on 06.14.17, 1:46 AM

I thank God for the blessing that FLN has been in my life. Mr Snavely's dedication to follow God's path has brought such joy, love, and grace to so many. I'll forever be grateful for this ministry and the beautiful family that keeps that light shining. God's blessings and peace to Mr. Snavely's loved ones. May this work continue to show the love of Jesus.

Kevin L. Kingma on 06.14.17, 8:26 AM

I remember as a young, 20-year-old Communications Major sophomore at Houghton College meeting Dick Snavely at what would eventually be the FLN Radio studios in Bath, NY.

He took time to show me these yet-to-be built facilities, walking through the empty building and sharing with me the vision that God had planted in his heart in that small town in upstate New York.

It is amazing to see how God has grown the ministry over the years, now a ministry that reaches so many across New York and Pennsylvania. I am so thankful for this faithful servant of Christ and the impact he has had on so many lives (including mine).

Laurie Robinson on 06.14.17, 8:51 AM

So sorry for the family's loss. May the comfort that only God can give surround you all. I am so thankful that Dick listened to God's voice and started the ministry. The radio station has been such a blessing to me! Although, I never new Dick personally I am looking forward to the day in heaven that I can spend some time with him.

Barb Short on 06.14.17, 9:25 AM

This then "Jersey Girl" came to one rally more than 40 years ago at YFC with my college roommate who lived in the area. I was taken away by what God was doing through this ministry in this "remote" area. Only God knew what he would do in my life as a result of this ministry and Dick. He became a life long mentor to my husband and God called us to minister together along side of Dick at Family Life. What a blessing and encouragement he has been in our lives and as ever "TO GOD BE THE GLORY."

Wayne Taylor on 06.14.17, 11:22 AM

The Board of Directors, management and staff send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to wife Jackie, the Snavely family and staff off Family Life Ministries. Dick will be remembered as a man faithful to the call that God placed upon him. His legacy brightly reflects that call and the fruit of his labor will remain and continue through the lives Dick touched for Christ Jesus and the ministry he zealously laid hold of.

Kim Kobza on 06.14.17, 2:23 PM

I loved Dick's sense of humor and always enjoyed his daily visits to the ticket office to see Jackie. He always said something that made us laugh or smile. He will always be in my mind standing in the back at dinner concerts looking distinguished in his nice suit ready to chat with whomever! So happy he is "HOME" -- I picture him smiling from ear to ear! :0)

Mars Hill Network on 06.14.17, 4:13 PM

The Mars Hill Network salutes the life of Dick Snavely for his contribution to the ministry of Christian radio. Dick's love for people, and his obvious passion for the lost motivated him to ever move forward in Christian service. The air waves are forever richer due to Dick's obedience to the Lord. Our prayers are with Jackie and family during this time.

Dave/Bonnie Justice on 06.14.17, 8:48 PM

We have known Dick and Jackie since high school and after college we were privileged to be on the YFC Staff for a couple of years. Dick was a mentor to us and we have kept in touch over these many years. We babysat for their kids: Carol, Rick, Randy and Ron and watched them grow into wonderful adults as a result of their parents love and guidance. This family is a true testimony of God's faithfulness. We will miss Dick but know he is with His
Savior. Praying for Jackie, the kids and Grands during this time.

debbie hills on 06.15.17, 9:27 AM

having lost my dad 3 years ago I feel the pain for his children and family. No one replaces a dad.
I look forward to seeing Dick setting beside our Jesus at the banquet feast finally taking a rest after his earthly work is done. he will probably be leading one of the christmas choirs and lifting his voice up high.
i started listening to fln in 1983 when it first aired and am thankful for it every day.
The legacy Dick has left in his family is evident each time I have an encounter with one of them. He must have been a great dad and husband.He is very happy now and free from pain. hugs and prayers for you all.
Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.

Dave Margalotti on 06.15.17, 1:07 PM

I didn't know Dick all that long. But I knew him long enough to know his heart, long enough to know his love for The Lord, long enough to know his passion for leading people to Christ, long enough to know his servants heart, his commitment to following God's direction, his devotion to his family, and the joy he found in sharing the message of hope. I'll forever remember the smile on his face, the twinkle in his eyes, the incredible example he set for all of us, and the profound impact he's had because of his obedience to Jesus. I didn't know Dick all that long. And yet, in some way I feel like I've known him all my life. Blessings and prayers of comfort for the entire Snavely family.

Sandy Parker on 06.15.17, 4:08 PM

I definitely have some of the same memories as others. I am so grateful to have 'done ministry' beside him for over 20 years. What a man of integrity.
Each day brings with it different memories of Dick. I will share four.
One - when the snowy winter months would come, he would look forward to a snowy/icy parking lot at Family Life - because he would do donuts, over and over with whatever car he owned at the time.....and then 'slide' into his parking space when he was done playing around. I loved that fun side of him.
Two - He loved eggnog! At Christmastime, he'd bring little dixie cups and take eggnog around to all the offices and offer up a taste to anyone that wanted some!
Three - When summer months would come, sometimes he'd pull his car up to the door and the front office gals would pile in. He'd drive us to the local ice cream stand and treat us to whatever we wanted to order. He was fun and generous that way. Four - At different times, people would tell me my car was running during the late afternoon hours. I'd look out the office window and see that it wasn't, and would tell the folks they must be mistaken and we'd both shrug it off. This went on sporadically for months. Until one day, I was with Dick in the mailroom looking out the window when he used his auto-starter for his car so he could take the mail to the post office. Not only did his car start, so did mine! We both laughed so hard. Mystery solved.
I'm thanking God right now for memories! Sweet memories. Praying that sweet memories will flood the minds of Dick's family members to bring comfort and help lesson the deep grief of missing him.

Jean Wise on 06.15.17, 9:43 PM

Is there anyone out there Dick didn't touch their life in some meaningful way even as much as a smile. He had a sweet impact on my three sons with the roller skating and basketball team. The all night prayer and pizza vigils that included memory verses and true stories. My sons teenage years were spent at YFC and later FLM. Thank you Dick for loving my children and all the children who found their way to your door. I pray for comfort to the Snavely family in the days ahead adjusting to life without him. May the Lord continue to bless Family Life and his sons as they continue to spread the gospel.

Mark & Debbi Witt on 06.16.17, 7:13 AM

Back in the early eighties Dick came to visit us at Teen Quest in the Pittsburgh area. During his visit he helped us lay a strong foundation for our ministry and gave us direction during our early years of operation.

He was a strong, consistent, visionary man of God. We honor his memory today.

Trevor Price on 06.16.17, 11:58 AM

Thank You, Dick ... To God be the Glory, Great things He has Done ... through Dick and Family Life !!! :)

Karen on 06.16.17, 4:14 PM

Thank you for Mr. Snavely for starting YFC and FLN. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow.

George Dooms on 06.17.17, 12:31 AM

Dear Jackie, Carol, Rick, Randy and Ron,

Please know that my daughter Tami and I are praying diligently for you all, and the rest of your family. So glad we know that Dick is with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, whom he loved and served!

Dick and I met in 1950 at Bob Jones University. We were both officers in our literary society, Nikonian. We graduated together in 1954 with Bachelor of Arts in Practical Christian Training degrees. We lived in adjacent mobile home parks, and my wife Mary and I got to know Dick and Jackie. Mary went to be with the Lord October 12, 2014.

Our paths continued to cross during our Youth for Christ involvement. Dick, Al Metsker, Vic Eliason, Jim Harris, and I co-founded Youth Evangelism Association in 1973.

May God guide and direct the Snavely family and all those who work with you to continue Dick’s magnificent ministry legacy.

Joyce Ainsworth on 06.17.17, 9:57 AM

So sorry for the Snavely Family loss. While we grieve here on earth, we can rejoice in knowing that Dick's goal has been met. That he was met and greeted with "Thou good and faithful servant". To God be the glory!!!

Roger and Deborah Greer on 06.17.17, 10:20 PM

While I did not have the privilege of knowing Mr. Snavely, I know he was used by God in many ways. God will continue and comfort you all. Deborah and I are praying for you.

Chris Stavana on 06.19.17, 11:54 PM

I send my condolences to Dick Snavely's family. He created a great ministry in Family Life that has touched many lives including mine. I find joy though in knowing Dick is in a better place now with our heavenly father.

Joni Eareckson Tada on 06.21.17, 2:11 PM

Oh, how the kingdom will miss Dick Snavely! I will never forget visiting Bath, NY back in the late 70's or early 80's to speak at one of Dick's events. The Snavely family have remained near in our hearts ever since!! May God's comfort and encouragement support all those connected with Family Life. The team at Joni and Friends sends their condolences, as well. Heaven is richer for welcoming Dick Snavely home.

Heather Kendall on 06.22.17, 6:37 PM

I am SO sorry to hear about the sad news. He impacted a lot of people and now he is in heaven. We will continue to keep the family and station in our prayers. May God comfort the family and give them the strength they need to get through this. Wish you all the best and hope you all feel better soon. Just focus on the positive memories you made with this man.
God Bless,
Heather Kendall

Jon Cassel on 06.25.17, 5:47 PM

I first came to know the Family Life Network when I lived in north central PA in the late 90's. My life was enriched by the radio station and the activities sponsored by FLN. I will remain indebted to the Snavely's for their ministry and the deepening of my faith through the FLN ministry. Now, serving the Lord full-time in Dakar, Senegal, west Africa since 2004, I follow the broadcasting with FLN's on-line streaming. May God bless you for the service that you render to the Kingdom!

Amber Fritzinger on 07.17.17, 9:45 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with family and friends. Dick ( never gone always in our hearts) and Jackie I thank God everyday for you both. I have witnessed the blessings poured out from my pastors family here on Kutztown Pa area to individuals as myself transformation from your precious gifts. We will cherish them forever. True angels. Thank you and my condolences.

Kory Kraft on 11.01.17, 3:57 PM

What a godly man, who was so passionate about the Lord and about kids and family. Whenever I had the pleasure to interact with him, he was always such a gentleman. I will never forget YFC camp, and those fun-filled roller derby, I mean roller skating parties. :)
Thanks to the conviction and vision of this great man, I am Heaven bound. Talk about a ripple effect that his ministry had on countless souls. I wish I took the opportunity to thank him while he was here on earth. Thanks to him I will thank him one day in Glory. I thank the Lord for him.

Toni on 11.29.17, 10:58 AM

I have such fond memories of my teen years at YFC- Bible Quizzing and weekend programs from movies to skating. And Mr. Snavely leading it all. So much that I learned there has stayed with me. He has left such an amazing legacy!

Ernie Jelliff on 12.18.17, 9:54 AM

So sorry for your loss. I just discovered this. I still have his book and it still inspires me. He set an awesome example for his family but also for each and every one he met either in person or via radio.
Much love to you all

Tom Olney on 01.22.18, 5:28 PM

Dick was one of a kind and I am forever indebted to him and to his dear wife for the impact of their lives on mine for Christ. He was there for me when I was a teenager in need of guidance. I am now 76 years old and just finished 52 years of pastoring. I look forward to the day we meet again in glory. Our prayers are with Jackie and the good work Dick began so long ago.