Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1961, following his election until he retired on March 4, 1970.
Born at Ida Grove, Iowa, March 4, 1895, the son of pioneer residents. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1917. During World War I he served in the Army Signal Corps. There- after he practiced law in Ida Grove until his appointment as a District Judge of the then Sixteenth Judicial District August 14, 1941, where he continued to serve until his election to the court in 1960. His son, Bruce, Jr., was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 1987.
After his retirement from the court, Justice Snell engaged in the practice of law at Ida Grove with his son. He died there September 23, 1976.