James “Jim” Harley Snell, age 66, passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones on September 27, 2023. He will be missed by so many.
Born on June 24, 1957 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Jim was the son of James Snell, Sr. and Axie Snell (Cox). Jim grew up in Lafayette, Indiana where he was raised by his grandparents, Sylvester and Fern Snell, who were long time curators of the Fowler House Museum. He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1976.
On October 7, 1978, Jim married the love of his life, Martha “Marty” P. Snell (Smith). They shared forty-five years together and raised and rescued and nurtured many pets along the way. Jim and Marty eventually made their home and opened a business in Earl Park, Indiana. They owned and operated Rising Sun Imports. Jim was a hard-working man and a lover of “trials” motorcycle riding. Together they grew a thriving business importing specialty motorcycles. When he was not participating in many national and local trials riding events, Jim enjoyed travelling to Spain to conduct his import business in person.
While there he was befriended by many local residents.
Jim was also an active member in his community. He loved living in a small town and enjoyed being a part of the American Legion, the Lion’s Club, the Wabash River Cycle Club, and he volunteered many years for the Annual Earl Park Fall Festival.
He is survived by his mother, brother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. Jim was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents and his father.
Jim will be cremated per his wishes and no service is scheduled. In lieu of flowers or gifts, monetary memorials to honor Jim can be made to the Lori’s Kitty Rescue, 528 South Fourth St., Lafayette, Indiana 47901. (765-252-6017). Condolences can be made to his wife, Marty Snell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.