Robert Lucas "Bob" Snyder
February 24, 1923 ‒ February 12, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio
LEXINGTON: Bob and Dorothy Snyder couldn’t bear to be apart. Their 70-year marriage intertwined two hearts who spent most all day – every day – together. Bob and Dorothy worked together, relaxed together, and never lost that twinkle-in-the-eye for each other. Not even death could separate them. Just 11 days after Dorothy went to dwell in the house of the Lord forever, Bob joined her. He passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from Joni Fair Hospice House of Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care in Pueblo, Colorado. He was 90.
Born Robert Lucas Snyder, the fourth son of Ora O. and Marion I. (Lucas) Snyder, February 24, 1923 in Mansfield, he was raised in Johnsville until 1937. That year, his father moved the family to Lexington to establish a new funeral home there. Bob was graduated from Lexington High School in 1942.
Bob was the first person in Richland County to enlist in the U.S. Navy under the V-12 program, and on February 11, 1942 began a three-and-half year tour with the Navy. He served aboard the patrol craft USS P.C. 489, and crossed the equator 51 times by boat. He remained a member of Patrol Craft Association.
He returned from the war to help his father operate Snyder Funeral Homes. Bob was graduated from the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science in 1948 and he and his young bride Dorothy (Clever) lived in the funeral home in Lexington and served the community as an embalmer and funeral director from 1948 to 1970 with compassion, integrity and sincerity – character traits that served him well for 90 years. From a small printshop in the garage, Bob operated The Lexington News, a weekly newspaper for the village (1953-1963), and manned the “emergency hub” for the village: Bob ran ambulance service for the township, and since the funeral home had the only telephone answered 24-hours a day, he dispatched the Troy Township Fire Department, too. He was a 70-year member of Bellville Lodge #376 F&AM, and a charter member of both Lexington Kiwanis Club and V.F.W. Post #5101.
Bob and Dorothy moved to Colorado in 1970 and built an A-frame cabin at Coaldale. Together they owned and operated Shavano Glass, a glass and small engine shop, which allowed Bob access to the hobby of stained glass artistry. He was a member of Cotipaxi Community Church and Arkansas Valley Lions Club, Howard, CO.
Bob was a fine wood-worker, excelling at wood carving, and built numerous clocks and trains. He put the gentle in gentleman. Bob was thoughtful and quiet, focused and hospitable.
He is survived by their children Alicia & Harold Dailey of Lexington, Tom & Terri Snyder of Mt. Gilead, Cindy & Bob Dix of Mentor and Laurie & Oren Hafey of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings and their spouses Helen Snyder of Mount Vernon, Betty & William Ritchie of Tucson, Ariz., Gifta Snyder of Bellville, Madelyn Snyder of Mt. Gilead, Thomas Art & Joyce Snyder of Mansfield, J. Paul Snyder of Bellville, Patricia & Larry Hoffman of Colorado Springs, Colo., Janet Hope and James & Patricia Snyder all of Bellville; a sister-in-law Helen & Ted Swingle of St. Cloud, Florida; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Don & Virginia Snyder, David & Jean Snyder, Richard Snyder, Pete Snyder, Philip Snyder and Arden Snyder.
Friends may call Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in Lexington Cemetery. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will speak, and military honors will be offered by American Legion Post #535. Contributions in his memory to Sangre de Cristo Hospice may be made through the funeral home. Private condolences may be made to his immediate family online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com