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Hero Down: Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Snook Dies From Medical Complications

Springfield, MO – Barry County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Gary Snook died on Feb. 1 due to medical complications after being hospitalized.

Deputy Snook, 60, passed away at Cox South Hospital, according to his obituary.

The BCSO announced the longtime deputy’s death in a Facebook post later that day.

“It is with deep regret that Sheriff Danny Boyd announces that on today’s date that Deputy Gary Snook passed away from this life due to health complications,” the post read. “He had been hospitalized for the last several weeks and was unable to recover.”

Deputy Snook’s exact cause of death was not released.

The Aurora native “bravely and honorably” served the BCSO for 21 years, according to his department.

He joined the BCSO as a correction officer in 2001 and later became a patrol deputy.

Deputy Snook had been assigned to courthouse security at the Barry County Courthouse for the past several years, according to his department.

“Deputy Snook was a faithful, dependable leader who gave of himself for the betterment of Barry County and its citizens,” the BCSO said. “For all of us at the Sheriff’s Office this tragic event and the coming days will undoubtedly be difficult, but we are committed to carry on for our fallen brother in blue.”

“We ask that you go alongside us with your prayers and we appreciate the unwavering support that will come in the days ahead,” the sheriff’s office added.

Deputy Snook leaves behind his daughter, Haley, as well as his brother, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews, according to his obituary.

“Deputy Snook was a loving family man who was always willing to share his big heart with all he met and he will be deeply missed,” the BCSO said. “We ask that you please keep Deputy Snook’s family and loved ones in your prayers.”

Deputy Snook will be laid to rest Feb. 9, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Barry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Snook, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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