Mark Lee Snopek, 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in a hit-and-run accident while riding his mountain bike on a favorite 16-mile loop on County Hwy R18 near his rural Boone home. A celebration of Mark's life was held Aug. 13 at Adams Funeral Home in Ames.
Mark Lee Snopek was born Feb. 10, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Leland and Irene (Rostkowski) Snopek. He married Kay Milinovich April 28, 1979. He worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation as a wetland ecologist.
He enjoyed canoeing, especially the boundary waters, bicycling and hiking. He was a voracious reader of natural history.
He will be fondly remembered by his wife of 28 years, Kay; his parents, Lee and Irene Snopek; one sister, Jill Kotke; two nieces, Lindsey Lang and Alyssa Kotke; two nephews, Grant Lang and Taylor Kotke; special pet cat, Spot; and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Amy Lang, in 1985.
Mark's hit-and-run homicide remains unsolved.
Memorials may be directed to Wisconsin Wetland Association, Society of Wetland Scientists, Natural Resource Defense Council or The Nature Conservancy.
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