Goshen News, Goshen, IN


October 26, 2012

Leroy Henry Snyder

May 19, 1917-Oct. 11, 2012

McMinnville, Ore. —  Leroy Henry Snyder passed away Oct. 11. He was 95 years old.

Leroy, son of Clinton and Lottie Mae Snyder, was born in Albion, Ind., May 19, 1917.

He joined the United States Navy after high school and was honorably discharged in 1941. Leroy re-enlisted in the military during World War II as a merchant marine. Among his vivid memories of that period were outrunning German U-boats as his unarmed vessel approached the Panama Canal.

Leroy and his first wife, Grace, mother of his four children, lived in Huntertown, Ind., for many years. During that time, Leroy farmed and worked as a truck driver. He was active in the local Masonic Lodge, becoming a Third Degree Mason. After retirement, Leroy moved to Florida and later to Oregon, pursuing his lifelong passions of hunting and fishing. This included a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, that Leroy made at the age of 84, bringing home numerous trophies.

Leroy was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn A. Snyder, who died in 1915; his son, Leroy Henry Snyder Jr., who died in 1955; his parents; his first wife, Grace Louise Snyder, who died in 1991; his second wife, Elizabeth Cowley Snyder, who died in 1995; and his brother, Harold Snyder in 2005.

Leroy is survived by his daughters, Katherine Sue Nolan of Zion, Ill., and Vicki Louise Helmick of Casselberry Fla.; his son, Lyman Harry Snyder of Orlando, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Edythe Schlosstein of McMinnville Ore.; his two brothers, James and Claude Snyder, both of Elkhart, Ind.; his brother Harold’s widow, Georgia Snyder of Goshen, Ind.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.   

The family will greet friends one hour prior to the 11 a.m.  memorial service Wednesday at The Life Center in Goshen, Ind. The Rev. Ed Fritz will officiate.

Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, near Huntertown, Ind., following the service.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.rrefh.com.

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