Forty-year Sonora resident Ray Snell, 88, died peacefully of natural causes on July 19, 2017. Ray was born on May 13, 1929, in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in St Paul. He graduated from Harding High School in 1947. In 1951, he packed up a Chevy flatbed and traded the brutal winters of St Paul for the opportunities of California. Ray was a St. Paul cabbie and later worked for Northwest Airlines.