Justin Ashley Sneegas, 35, of Shawnee, Kansas, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, September 15th, at a home in Independence, Missouri. Staying true to how Justin enjoyed spending his Sundays, family and friends will gather in his honor at his mother’s home on Sunday, September 22nd (details below).
Justin was born on January 24, 1978 in Lawrence, Kansas to Skip and Linda Sneegas. After graduating from Lawrence High School in 1996, he moved to the Kansas City area in 2004. He was employed by Tenneco.
Beginning with the profound love he felt for his grandmother, Thelma Oliver (1915 – 2000), Justin cherished time with his family. The bonds that grew from his childhood relationships expanded to the strong connection he later felt for his nephew, Tyler, and niece, Payton. Being an uncle to them was a role he greatly treasured. Sundays, birthdays, and holidays with family meant the world to him.
Justin was adored for his humor and gentle loving kindness. Never the one to seek the spotlight, Justin was known for breaking his silence with a comment that would make the entire room laugh. In 2006, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent months of treatment. His personal fight with cancer never stopped him from inspiring smiles and laughs from fellow patients, nurses and doctors. It was his love for life, his family and his optimistic nature that carried him through to remission.
Whether it was lending a hand at his mom’s farm, doing his sister a favor, or working on a project with his dad, Justin could always be counted on to help. In 2011 while running errands for his boss, Justin sustained life-threatening injuries after being struck by a semi-truck. Just as he had done before, Justin met his challenge with courage, positivity and humor. He declared victory when he was able to walk unassisted after a year of physical therapy.
Family and friends will feel the deep void of his affection and tenderness. Survivors include his parents, Linda Sneegas, and Skip Sneegas, his sister, Jessica Sneegas Callagy, brother-in-law John Callagy and their children Tyler and Payton, his ex-wife, Kim Armenta, Justin’s beloved dogs, Boozer and Chewy, and a loving extended family. Justin will be greatly missed by his family and friends who welcome all in celebrating his life.
Celebration for Friends and Extended Family
Sunday, September 22nd
2pm – 5pm
25308 Chieftain Road, Lawrence, KS
In lieu of flowers or a donation, Justin would ask that you pay an act of kindness forward.