Manford SnyderApr 14, 2013 Staff
Manford Snyder, father of Riverton resident Terry Snyder, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Loveland, Colo. He was 93 years old.
Services were conducted Thursday, March 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis, Colo. Interment followed at the Otis Cemetery. ‚Ä®Manford Snyder was born Sept. 14, 1919, at the family homestead in DeNova, Colo., the son of Minnie and Harvey Snyder. He was the fifth child in a family of eight children.
He served in the¬†Army¬†from September 1940 through October 1945. His Asiatic Pacific Service earned him many recognitions: Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Metal, Distinguished Unit Citation (including one Oak Leaf Cluster), Philippine Liberation Ribbon (including one bronze star), and an American Defense Service Medal.
After World War II, Mr. Snyder met Maxine, and they married Oct. 20, 1946. The couple originally made their home south of Otis, Colo., but later moved north of Otis.
Mr. Snyder chose to be a farmer all of his life, and he was a steward of the land, always understanding and responding to what was needed to produce a crop and livelihood for his family while preserving the land. He was active in farm activities until his death.
He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis, Colo., where he was always an active member. He appreciated the fellowship and support of the congregation.
Mr. Snyder was a member of the greatest generation that ever lived. The way he lived his life was indeed a statement: hard work, helping his neighbors, befriending those in need. He contributed so much to the ethics of his generation.
While he was successful in so many areas in life, his real love and pride was his family.
His family said he loved animals and was a guardian of his pets as well as other wildlife lucky enough to wander onto his farm.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Maxine; children Opal Dick and her husband Don, Irene Coplan, Rose Carroll and her husband Don, Terry Snyder and his wife Janet, and Earl Snyder and his wife Kelly; grandchildren Andrea Gliva and her husband Eric, Shawn Havens and his wife Steffine, LaDawn Havens, Jennifer Vetter, Jerod Carroll and his wife Amy, Melissa Carroll, Ryan Snyder, Laura Snyder, Lindsey Snyder, Bryce Snyder and his wife Sadaf, Ashley Gannon and her husband Andrew, Kyle Snyder and Tanner Hudnall; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; his granddaughter Linnea Dick; and his great-grandson Edward Havens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Otis, Colo.
Arrangements were under the direction of Baucke Funeral Home of Yuma.