Thomas Charles Snedecor

Thomas Charles Snedecor, 97, of Nassau Bay Texas passed away on March 20, 2024, after a long and adventurous life. Tom was born in Needville Texas to Charles and Cecelia Snedecor. He graduated from Richmond H.S. in 1944 and then enlisted in the US Army/Air Force and then the US Navy Air Force in the VS program. He attended A&M University on an agriculture scholarship, for agricultural engineering, and Southwestern University at Georgetown. Tom obtained his BS Civil Engineering degree from University of Houston in 1949 and his Masters Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1962.

Thomas Snedecor married Elaine Shuford August 4, 1946, and they began their married life in Houston, Texas and raised 4 children Thomas Michael, Richard Charles, Timothy Kevin and Rebecca Elaine,

Tom began his professional career with the Texas Hwy Dept as project engineer in Houston from 1949-1956. He then went to work for Chance Vought Corp as Aero/Astro Structural Engineer and the family moved to Dallas from 1956-1964. Tam was then called to Nasa Houston to begin his ultimate Job as Engineering Manager for the Shuttle Program Office. from 1964-until his retirement in 1992. During this time Tom and Elaine moved their family to Houston, built their home in Nassau Bay and remained members of Nassau Bay Baptist Church until their passing.

Tom became a Mason in December 1969 and obtained the rank of 33rd degree Nov 1997

He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine 2010 and son Richard (Ricky) 2021

He is survived by his sons Michael (Ruth) and granddaughter Sarah Jane Indellicati {Joe) and great grandsons Ryan and Aaron. Son Kevin (Deborah) and granddaughter Kali, Daughter Rebecca Musso and grandsons Alexander, Timothy, and Benjamin, And great granddaughters Iris, Alma and Elianora

A celebration of life memorial will be held at Nassau Bay Baptist Church on May 10, 2024, at 10:00 am.


  1. Grandpa I sure am going to miss you. I’m so proud to have been able to have you part of my life and meet Joe and our boys. Say hi to Uncle Ricky and Grandma. We love you and miss you.

    Sarah Jane Indellicati
  2. Tom was already retired when I first met him in my early twenties. He was a great man, and a humble one. I admired his contributions to the Space Race and to the NASA.

    I always enjoyed my time with Tom at the Houston Scottish Rite and the Gulf Coast York Rite College. He had a remarkable memory and was very talented. I appreciate the time that he gave me. His kindness and zeal for the Fraternity will be missed.

    David R. Walker, Ed. D.

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