Meet Our Staff
C. Clay Snyder
A Mount Gilead native, Clay is a graduate of Marion Harding High School, The Ohio State University, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a third generation licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Insurance Agent in the State of Ohio. Clay co-managed the Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Gilead from 1985 until moving to Delaware in 1993 when the DeVore Funeral Homes of Delaware County were purchased by the Snyder Family. Clay currently oversees the operation of the Snyder Funeral Home Chapels in Delaware, Sunbury, Ashley, and Marengo.
Clay previously served on the Board of Directors for the William Street United Methodist Church Foundation, the Delaware Arts Castle, and the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County. He was a former member of the Delaware Rotary Club, Past President of the Mount Gilead Lions Club, and former Chairman of the United Way of Delaware County and Morrow County. Clay and his wife Jacqui are members of the William Street United Methodist Church. They have one son, Ridge attending Otterbein University, and one daughter, Sophi.
Chad J. Snyder
A native of Mount Gilead, Chad is a graduate of the Mount Gilead High School Class of 1997. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio, where he served as a crisis line counselor for over two years. Next, Chad graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he received the Homer D. Leffler Award for funeral directing and counseling. Chad holds licenses as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Insurance Agent in the State of Ohio. He is the second member of the fourth generation of the Snyder Family to be active in funeral service.
Chad became manager of the Craven & Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Gilead following his father Trent's retirement in 2006, after previously working for almost 4 years with the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Homes in Delaware County. In March of 2006, he also became manager of the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion. In December of 2014, he was again honored to partner with and manage the Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of Morrow County, and the Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Formerly, he served as the chairman of the Board of Directors for HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, and attended the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead and the Marion Salem United Methodist Church in Marion. He cherishes every moment spent with family and friends, especially his wife, Rachel. He also enjoys fanatically rooting on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes, playing basketball (even though he's getting too old for it), and he truly considers it an honor to carry on his family's legacy of funeral service.
Dan has resided in Knox County for most of his life. He is a graduate of Fredericktown High School, attended The Ohio State University, and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Dan managed the Fredericktown Chapel from 1976 until his retirement in 2005. He is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in the State of Ohio.
Dan serves on the Board of Directors of First Knox National Bank in Mount Vernon, and is a member of the Thrall Masonic Lodge #140 in Fredericktown. Dan and his wife Susan are members of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church.
Dennis L. Snyder
Dennis was born in Mansfield, the son of Richard and Helen Snyder and has resided in Knox County most of his life.
A graduate of Fredericktown High School, he attended The Ohio State University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude, and first in his class, from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1970, where he was recognized as the Nunamaker Scholar and selected by the National Association of Mortuary Colleges as a Mu Sigma Alpha Award recipient. Dennis is a member of Pi Sigma Eta, a national mortician's fraternity and is a graduate of the International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association University. He is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Following his apprenticeship, he was licensed as an embalmer and funeral director in the state of Ohio in the spring of 1971. Dennis became the first of the third generation of the Snyder family in funeral service. He managed the Bellville-Butler Chapel for 11 years, moving to Mount Vernon in 1981, when the Flowers Funeral Home joined the Snyder Family of Funeral Homes. Dennis served as the president of Snyder Funeral Homes, Inc., following his father Richard's retirement in 1982 until January of 2011 when Dennis retired from the company Board of Directors.
Dennis served in the United States Army Reserves for six years, he is a life member of Bellville Masonic Lodge, a member of the Valley of Columbus Consistory 32 degree, former member of Al Koran Shrine in Cleveland, past president of the Mansfield Sertoma Club, former member of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club, attends the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. He was a member and past president of the Knox County Public Defenders Board, served 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, is a member and past board member of the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, member and past president of the Old Homestead Club in Mount Vernon.
Dennis is married to Diana (Brust) Snyder who graduated from Marion Harding High School, in Marion and had been employed at the College of Wooster. Dennis is the father of Weston T. (Stacy) Snyder, the first of the fourth generation of the Snyder family in funeral service. Dennis also has two stepsons Douglas (Dr. Josette) Grice and Ryan (Cori) Grice, and seven grandchildren Braxton Snyder, Jaxon Snyder, and Maddox Snyder, Brandon Grice, Brittany Grice, and twins Trey and Alaina Grice.
Gideon P. Snyder
The son of two funeral directors, Gideon Paul Snyder grew up in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home and is the 5th member of the fourth generation to enter the family business. He was graduated from Lexington High School (class of 2009), Malone University (B.S. in Business Administration, Class of 2013), and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (Class of 2014). He served his apprenticeship under his father, J. Todd Snyder.
Gideon and his wife Janet are members of Heartland Church in Lexington. He is active with their men’s softball league and enjoys playing and watching all types of sports, especially Ohio State Football, Cleveland Indians Baseball, and Columbus Crew SC Soccer! He also enjoys playing different types of board games with friends and family. Janet is a Registered Nurse and they live in Mansfield with their handsome son Judah and goldendoodle puppy Ivy.
Hannah Snyder Wernecke
The daughter of two funeral directors, Hannah Snyder Wernecke grew up in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home and is the 4th member of the fourth generation to enter the family business. She was graduated with honors from Lexington High School (Class of 2007), Ashland University (B.S. in Business Management, Class of 2011), and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (Class of 2012). Hannah holds licenses in the state of Ohio as Funeral Director, Embalmer, Insurance Agent, Notary, and is conversationally fluent in Spanish. Hannah served her apprenticeship under her father, J. Todd Snyder, and works in the Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville/Butler, and Galion chapels as an at-need director while managing the social media accounts for Snyder Funeral Homes.
Hannah is a member of Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield and enjoys playing the piano, and adding to her makeup collection. She and her husband, Dantan Wernecke, like to get lost in a good book, enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, listen to mid-century jazz, and travel to a new place every year. Dantan teaches government and history classes for North Central State College and Ashland University.
J. Paul Snyder
A Bellville native, Paul is a graduate of Bellville High School, attended Mansfield Business School and The Ohio State University. A second generation licensed Funeral Director, Paul married Shontell Wolford in 1953. They lived in and were active in the Fredericktown, Lexington and Bellville communities and churches, having served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.
Paul is a member of the Palmyra Church of Christ in Bellville. He is a Past Master of Thrall Masonic Lodge #170, Past President of the Fredericktown Lions Club and the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Past Secretary of the Bellville Lions Club, and member of Ann Hill Chapter #81 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Shontell preceded Paul in death in June of 2011. He currently serves as Chairman of the Trustees for the Bellville-Jefferson Twp. Historical Society.
He has three sons, attorney Bradley L. Snyder, J.D., Randy S. Snyder MBA, J. Todd Snyder, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren with 2 new little ones due in 2019.
J. Todd Snyder
Lexington area native, J. Todd Snyder is a graduate of Lexington High School (class of 1981), The Ohio State University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Todd holds licenses in the state of Ohio as Funeral Director, Embalmer and Insurance Agent. He has managed the Lexington Avenue Chapel since 1985, and began overseeing the operations of the Bellville-Butler Chapel following his father Paul's retirement in 1997, and the Marion Avenue Chapel in Mansfield when it was acquired in 2008. Because of his expertise in the area of funeral pre-planning and pre-funding, he served on the Funeral Advisory Board for the CNA Insurance Companies and is a Past President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association District #2.
Todd and his wife Linda are members of Berean Baptist Church and enjoy traveling together. Linda Snyder is also a licensed funeral director and they have two children (both also funeral directors) Hannah Snyder Wernecke and Gideon Snyder, one adorable grandson Judah Snyder, and a cobberdog Grady.
Richard A. Snyder : May 13, 1920 ‒ May 14, 2007
Dick was born in Morrow County, graduating from Johnsville High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe with Patton's Third Army during World War II. Following the war he graduated from the Cleveland College of Embalming and became the first member of the second generation of the Snyder Family to enter funeral service.
Dick was a Past Master of Bellville Masonic Lodge #291, Past President of the Fredericktown Lions Club, and served as Grand Marshall of the Fredericktown Tomato Show. He was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. Dick and his wife Helen Wirick Snyder are the parents of Dan Snyder, Dennis Snyder, and Joe Snyder.
A Bellville native, Sean is a graduate of Clear Fork High School, class of 2002. After receiving his degree in Business Administration, Sean graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2006, where he received the Homer D. Leffler Award for funeral directing and counseling as well as the Ohio Embalmers Association Award. He began serving families in the Snyder Family's Richland county locations immediately after graduation.
Sean is the third member of the fourth generation of the Snyder Family to be active in funeral service. He holds licenses in Ohio as both Embalmer and Funeral Director. He and his wife Amanda and their three daughters Adelyn, Amelia, and Annabelle live in Bellville.
Trent A. Snyder
Trent resided in Mount Gilead for most of his life, graduating from Mount Gilead High School. He attended The Ohio State University and received his B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University. Trent graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1975, and was selected as a Mu Sigma Alpha Award recipient. He is a member of Pi Sigma Eta, a mortician's fraternity and is a Certified Funeral Celebrant.
After graduation from mortuary school, Trent returned to Mount Gilead to manage the Snyder Funeral Home branch there, as well as the Craven Funeral Home of Mount Gilead after it joined the Snyder Family of Funeral Homes in 1985. Trent is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and Insurance Agent in the State of Ohio.
He is a Past President of the Mount Gilead Kiwanis Club and served as the Board Chairman of the Morrow County Board of MR/DD from 1984-89. Trent also served on the Mount Gilead Chapter of the American Red Cross Board, the Health Opportunity Search Team for Morrow County and the Morrow County Chapter of the American Heart Association Board.
Trent is married to Reina Enloe Snyder and resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the father of two sons Chad (Rachel Clinger) Snyder, a fourth generation member of the Snyder Funeral Homes Family and Ryan (Dhara Patel) Snyder.
Weston T. Snyder
Weston is a native of Mount Vernon, residing there for most of his life. He is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Malone College in Canton where he was a member of the golf team. Following graduation from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1996, Weston became the first member of the fourth generation of the Snyder Family active in funeral service. He is licensed in the State of Ohio as a Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Life Insurance Agent.
Wes is a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Country Club. He and his wife Stacy have three sons, Braxton, Jaxon and Maddox.
Jeffrey W. Briggs
Jeff Briggs was raised in Monroe County, Ohio and graduated from Woodsfield High School in the Class of 1991. He attended Ohio University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1998 with his Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He started in funeral service in 1989 at a funeral home in Woodsfield, Ohio, and in 2002 left to go to work for Rock of Ages Memorials. In August of 2005, Jeff joined the Snyder Funeral Homes of Knox County. He holds licenses in the State of Ohio as a funeral director and embalmer.
Jeff and his wife Jenny, have two children, Greg and Kaitlynn. Jenny is the Preschool Teacher for Danville Local Schools. Greg will be attending Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January 2019 and Kaitlynn is a Senior at Danville High School. They are members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. Jeff is a 3rd degree member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #847 in Mount Vernon and a 4th degree member of the Father John Lamey Assembly 2970 in Danville/Mount Vernon where he is currently serving as the Faithful Navigator. He is also a member of Knox Hand Gunners Club.
R. Gene Burchill
Gene has resided in the Mansfield area since 1969. He is a graduate of Glendale High School, Coalport, PA, and attended Penn State University. He is a licensed insurance agent in the State of Ohio. Gene began his career in funeral service in 1993 and joined the Snyder Family in 1994. He currently serves as Family Services Manager at the Lexington Avenue, Marion Avenue-Finefrock and Bellville-Butler Chapels.
Gene and his wife Mary are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church. They have three adult daughters Kim, Sheri, and Jeni, and six grandsons.
Ryan M. Collins
A native of Lexington, Ryan graduated from Lexington High School in the Class of 1998. He received his Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Kent State University in 2003. Next, Ryan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2005. In February of 2007, he joined Snyder Funeral Homes and assists in the operations of the Snyder Funeral Home Craven Chapel in Mount Gilead and the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion. He holds licenses in the State of Ohio as a funeral director and embalmer.
Ryan and his wife Angela, a Family Nurse Practitioner in Westerville, reside in Olive Green. Together they attend the North Woodbury Alliance Church. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys cooking, reading, music, following the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and spending time with his wife, his son, Bentley, and his daughter, Finnley.
G. Richard DeVore
Richard is a Galena native, residing in Sunbury since 1959. He is a graduate of Galena High School and the Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science Class of 1956. Richard is an Ohio State Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. Beginning in 1935 three generations of the DeVore family operated the DeVore Funeral Homes. He merged the three DeVore locations with the Snyder family in 1993 and assists with the operation of the DeVore-Snyder Chapel locations in Delaware, Sunbury, and Marengo.
Richard is a 32 degree mason, member of Sparrow Lodge #400 F & AM, Delaware County Shrine Club, Columbia Chapter #33 OES, B.P.O. Elks #76 Delaware, and Sunbury United Methodist Church. He and his wife Phyllis have 3 children.
Susan A. Dill
Susan was born and raised in Marion, where she graduated from Pleasant High School in 1996. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Relations from Heidelberg College. Upon graduating with honors from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2001, she was awarded the Lab Assistant Award and Delanie L. Beaver Award for restorative art. Susan holds licenses in Ohio as both a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Joining the Snyder Family after mortuary school, she served her apprenticeship in Delaware County under her father Tom Miller, and serves as a director for Snyder Funeral Homes in Richland and Crawford Counties.
She attends St. Paul Lutheran Church and serves on the board of Third Street Family Health Services. Susan and her husband Lance have two children: Gunnar and Emmary.
Trevis F. Faulkner
Trev was raised in Jefferson County, Ohio and graduated from Buckeye North High School. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Malone University in Canton, where he was a member of the golf team. He is a member of the Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge #9 F&AM and Kiwanis in Mount Vernon. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science prior to joining the Snyder Family of Funeral Homes in 1997. He holds licenses in the State of Ohio as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He continues to be an avid golfer.
A native of Maysville, KY, J.B. attended Western Kentucky State University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1965. He holds licenses in the State of Ohio as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. He is a U.S. Army veteran of the Defense Intelligence Agency serving in the Pentagon, and a member of American Legion Post #16. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he is chairman of the ushers and has served the congregation as an elder and deacon. He is a member of the Mansfield Rotary Club.
J.B. has resided in Mansfield since 1974, first as an associate of J.H. Finefrock & Sons Funeral Home, a firm he served for 22 years. He joined the Snyder Family in 1996 as senior director and serves families from the firmÕs three Richland County locations. When Snyder Funeral Homes acquired the former Finefrock Funeral Home building late in 2007, J.B. was named General Manager of this location, restoring him to this grand and historic home, under local and family ownership. He and his wife Susan have two sons Jay and Darrin and twin daughters Amanda and Kara.
Thomas E. Miller
Originally from Marion County, Tom is a graduate of Elgin High School, attended The Ohio State University, and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Sparrow Lodge #400 Free & Accepted Masons, and Columbia Chapter #33 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Sunbury.
Tom and his wife Pat, have two daughters Heather (Fred) Kantzer and Susan (Lance) Dill, two grandchildren, Gunnar and Emmary Dill and reside in Sunbury. Tom began his career in funeral service in 1975, and has been part of the Snyder Funeral Home Family since 1995.
Julia was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1981 with a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre. Julia is the Musical Director at River Valley High School. She also is the director of the Carillon-Aires Bell Choir at the First Presbyterian Church, where she is a lifelong member. Julia has been involved with countless productions at the Marion Palace Theater including her reprised roll as “Sassy the Elf”. Julia is married to Gary Vanderhoff. They have two sons, Justin and Kyle and one granddaughter, Emersyn. She is currently the Office Manager at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home.
Michael T. Smith, CFSP
Michael T. Smith is honored to be able to help families celebrate the lives of their loved one. Michael grew up in the funeral profession, so he understands the care and commitment it takes to serve families who are going through one of the toughest times of their life.
Michael is a native of Sanborn, Iowa where he graduated from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (HMS) High School. He continued his education at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He has been a valued member of the Snyder team since 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA) as Secretary, and is a member of: the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and numerous OFDA committees. In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, riding his Harley Davidson, playing disc golf and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Jamie L. Brucker
Jamie is a native of Mount Gilead, and graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 2007. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, with a specialization in Finance, in 2011 from Bowling Green State University. After college he completed a two year apprenticeship with Snyder Funeral Homes and received his funeral director's license in May of 2014. As a director, he assists in the operations of the Snyder Funeral Home Craven Chapel in Mount Gilead, the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, and the Gunder/ Hall and Snyder Funeral Home both in Marion.
Currently Jamie is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he serves on the Finance Committee, sings in the choir, and was the past Financial Secretary for five years. He serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Morrow Little Theatre. Was a past board member of Habitat for Humanity of Morrow County as the Treasurer. Jamie is also a member of the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge #206. In 2018, Jamie started his 4 year term as Village Councilman for Mount Gilead. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking and remodeling homes for family and friends.
Kris M. Buirley
Kris Buirley was born in Lima, Ohio and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1997. After high school Kris attended Marietta College and received a bachelor's degree in Advertising/Public Relations in the spring of 2001. During his time at Marietta, Kris was a captain on the Baseball team and led the Pioneers to two World Series appearances. In 2009 Kris graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 2010. In his spare time Kris likes to hunt, fish, play guitar, pistol shooting and watch Ohio State Football games. He is married to Ashley Buirley, who is also a Funeral Director with Snyder Funeral Homes in Lexington. They live in Mount Vernon and have three beautiful girls, Grayson, Spencer, and Landry.
Michael P. Neeper
A native of Lima, Ohio, Mike graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1987, attended The Ohio State University and later received his B.S. in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1990. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and insurance agent in the State of Ohio and also assists families in designing and selecting a permanent memorial/monument for their loved one. In 1993, he moved to Delaware, Ohio to continue his career in funeral service as a funeral director with the Bennett Brown Funeral Home and later the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home. Mike joined the Snyder Family in 2012 when the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home became the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center. Mike's wife Lora, serves as the in-house floral designer and specializes in designing floral sprays and tributes for each individual family.
Mike and Lora have 3 sons Jordan, Christian and Quinn. Mike and his wife are active members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware where he is a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1056 and a 4th degree member of Delaware Assembly #844 and Lora volunteers in the commons during lunch periods and recess when needed. In her spare time, Lora enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with their boys, family and friends. Mike enjoys golfing, family vacations, coaching their sons in sports activities and cheering on his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Ken Davis has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1976. He attended Youngstown State University and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1975. He joined the funeral home in Galion – then known as Volk-Richardson – in 1978 and became a funeral director and embalmer with Snyder Funeral Homes late in 2013. He is a licensed life insurance agent which allows him to facilitate pre-arranging and pre-funding funerals for families.
Ken has been active in many community organizations during his tenure in Galion. He is a member of the board of directors and current president of the Galion Community Center-YMCA. He serves on the board of directors of the Avita Health Foundation of Galion and Bucyrus Community Hospitals and is a member of the Galion Area Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, he is a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Embalmers Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Ken is also a health and fitness enthusiast and enjoys weight lifting, running, bicycling and scuba diving. Aviation is a favorite pastime. An instrument-rated private pilot, Ken is active with Galion Air, Inc. and a member of the Flying Funeral Directors of America. Ken and his wife, Rhonda, have two daughters, Kaylee and Audrey.
Chuck Jackson, a Galion native, joined Snyder Funeral Homes late in 2013 as the principal director for the staff of the Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion. His professional career with the former Richardson-Davis Funeral Home began in 1989 when he started as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Chuck graduated in 1981 from Colonel Crawford High School and began working part time at the funeral home while attending college. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987 and from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1989.
Chuck has served on the board of directors of the Galion chapter of the American Red Cross, where he served three terms as Chapter Chairman and is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Crawford County Community Concert Association. He is a member of Ohio Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Embalmers Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Chuck is also the owner and operator of Linden Monuments and assists families in selecting and designing a lasting memorial tribute to their loved ones.
Chuck is an excellent craftsman and enjoys woodworking. In 1986 Chuck married his high school sweetheart, Kristi, who is a fifth grade teacher at Galion Intermediate School. Both enjoy traveling in their motor home and are avid Ohio State Buckeye fans.
A native of Bucyrus, Eric Sparks started with Snyder Funeral Homes early in 2014 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a 1988 graduate of Colonel Crawford High School and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991.
Eric is a member of the Ohio Embalmers Association, Crawford County Community Concert Association and a past president of District #2 of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the Galion Kiwanis Club and attends, with his wife Jayme, Grace Point in Galion. Eric is a second generation funeral director and enjoys exercising and traveling.
Pat is a Galion native and a Galion High School graduate. He is a United States Army veteran and served with the 11th Airborne Division in Germany. Pat retired from the Galion Fire Department in 1985 after 26 years. He also worked at St. Joseph Parish School for 29 years where he enjoyed being a custodian and watching many students grow and mature.
Pat joined the Richardson-Davis Funeral Home staff in 1993 and Snyder Funeral Homes in 2013. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 and V.F.W. Post 4329 in Galion. He has a son, Steve (Mandy) LaForest, a daughter, Renee and two grandchildren, Austin and Machela.
Sue was raised in Galion and graduated from Galion High School in 1979. She joined Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in 1988 and Snyder Funeral Homes in 2013 and has the gift of being helpful to others.
She is married to Ric and they have daughters Niki, Brooke (Jason) Harsh and Jessica and grandchildren Laynee, Kalab, Adlynne, Lydia, Miley, Holden and Grady. She enjoys being with people, decorating, sewing, baking, collecting antiques and spending time with her family and friends.
Ken was born and raised in Galion graduating from Galion High School in 1971. He worked at the Kroger Company retiring in 2008 after a 39 year career. He returned to Galion from Rittman in 2003 later joining the staff at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel.
Ken enjoys walking, NASCAR, model railroading and collecting vintage Christmas items. He was married to the late Dianna (Fraizer) Klingelhafer and has two children, Anthony (Vita) Cardenas and Michelle (Mark) Wengerd and four grandchildren, Oscar, Cayton, Lillie and Emmalai.
Marilyn joined Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel as organist in 1986. She is a native of Marion and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She came to Galion in 1967 and taught English at Galion Middle School where she met her husband, Bill, a long time Galion High School history teacher who together raised their two sons, Mark (Nicki) and Kevin.
Marilyn is active in the community as a board member of the Galion chapter of the American Red Cross, plays piano for many Galion Community Theatre productions, is the organist at Peace Lutheran Church and volunteers for the Crawford County Council on Aging delivering Meals on Wheels.
Dick is a life-long resident of Galion. After graduation from Galion High School, he served four years with the United States Coast Guard. He was raised in the family business of selling new automobiles with his father, uncles and brother. He owned and operated Stowe Motor Sales in Galion, specializing in the sale of pre-owned vehicles and auto detailing from 1985 until his retirement in 2007.
Dick and his wife Kay have three daughters and one son along with six grandchildren. His hobbies include touring in his antique cars, traveling and following his grandchildren in their activities. He is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America having served as Treasurer in the local club for many years. He attends St. Paul United Methodist Church in Galion. He has been associated with Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel since 1999.
Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Linda moved to Mansfield and became a funeral director after marrying J. Todd Snyder. She was graduated from Madeira High School in Cincinnati and has a bachelor's from Milligan College in Tennessee. She raised two children, Hannah Snyder Wernecke and Gideon Snyder, who both joined the funeral business. Linda can be heard answering the phone and seen helping out around the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.
She and Todd are members of Berean Baptist Church in Mansfield and she enjoys spending time with her grandson Judah Snyder and traveling with friends and family.
Ashley Buirley was born and raised in Grinnell, Iowa and graduated from Grinnell High School in 2005. After high school Ashley attended the University of Iowa for two years and then transferred to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in the fall of 2007. Ashley graduated from Cincinnati with a bachelor degree in Mortuary Science in 2009. She has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer since 2010. Ashley enjoys being around her family and having fun. She is a new member of the Roller Derby team in Mount Vernon, the Central Ohio Roller Dolls. Ashley is married to Kris Buirley who is a Funeral Director with Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Vernon. They live in Mount Vernon and have three beautiful daughters, Grayson, Spencer, and Landry.
Joel is a lifelong native of Mount Vernon. He is a 1996 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, a 2001 graduate of The Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a 2006 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife Lesly have two children: Ethan who plays football and baseball at MVHS and Makena who runs cross country for MVMS. Joel and his family are members of the YMCA and in his spare time, he coaches the MVHS baseball team.
Lyle E. “Gene” Farison
A native of Forest, Ohio, Gene is a graduate of Riverdale High School, Bowling Green State University, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and the Ohio National Guard. Gene became a licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1970. For the first five years of Gene’s career, he managed the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home in Perrsyburg.
In 1975, Gene and Jack Hottinger moved to Marion, Ohio, to partner in owning and operating the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home. After nearly 40 years of service to the Marion Community, Gene still helps with arrangements, visiting hours and funerals for his many dear friends. He also continues to be involved with the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, as a member of their finance and legislative committees.
During his time in Marion, Gene has served as President and a member of the board of numerous Marion civic organizations. Some of his highlights include his involvement with the Marion Chamber of Commerce where he served as chairman, founding board member of Marion CAN DO, United Way where he served as chair of the Allocations Committee for many years, and ADAMH boards, and being named as a “Distinguished Citizen of Marion in 1987.” Gene also served many years as a director of Bank One Marion which later became Chase Bank, he served on the Palace Theater board and also served on the Foundation Board of Bowling Green State University. He and his wife, Jan, continue to be active members of the Epworth United Methodist Church where Gene served as chairman of the Administrative Board, Trustee and the Pastoral Parrish Committee. They have two children: Corrie (Chris) Viola, and Scott (Celeste) Farison; and four grandchildren: Connor and Cecilia “CeCe” Viola, and Nathan and Benjamin Farison. Some of their favorite pastimes are boating up on Lake Erie, fishing, traveling, watching Robert Morris University football, where his son is the assistant head coach, and chasing their four precious grandchildren.
Jack W. Hottinger
Jack is a native of Portage, Ohio, and graduate of Portage High School. He furthered his education, attending Bowling Green State University for two years, before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in 1961.
After two years of service, Jack attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, graduating in the Class of 1964. Following graduation, he worked at Croll Funeral Homes in Grand Rapids and Tontogany, Ohio, before becoming the sole manager and operator of Witzler-Shank Funeral Home in Bowling Green, Ohio, for five years.
In 1975, Jack and Gene Farison partnered in owning and operating Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home in Marion, Ohio, until March of 2006, when after 40 gratifying years in funeral service, he semi-retired. He still holds his license as a funeral director and embalmer, and continues to meet with families upon request for funeral arrangements and pre-planning. He also continues to be an active part of the Marion community, and recently was recognized as a 40 year member of Kiwanis International. He also served as President at the Marion Area Counseling Center for two consecutive terms. He and his wife, Marilyn, are actively involved in the ministries of service through their home church, First Church of the Nazarene. Together, Jack and Marilyn, have shared 50 wonderful years of marriage, and have been by each others side every step of the way. They have countless stories they could share from their early years in the funeral business, running ambulance, greeting people at the door, and on and on...all which they did by themselves, as a husband and wife funeral home operation.
Dave graduated from Johnsville High School in 1963, Andrews Barber College in December of 1963. After a ten year barbering career, he was employed at the Gorman-Rupp pump company for 32 years. After a 2 week retirement, Dave has worked for the Snyder Funeral Homes family in various capacities since November, 2005. Dave married his high school sweet heart, Nancy Long, and has raised a son, Mark; and daughters: Debby and Dawn. Having eight grandchildren ("if we knew they were so great, we would have had them first") keeps them busy following their many activities. Dave and Nan enjoy golfing together, going to yard sales and vacationing with the family. They attend Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.
Chris is a native of Mount Vernon, residing there for most of his life. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1993. After high school Chris attended Otterbein College and received a bachelor's degree in Communications/Video Production in 1997. During his time at Otterbein, Chris was a member of the basketball and baseball teams.
Since 2007, Chris has taken pride in caring for the media production of Snyder Funeral Homes, which includes making personalized video tributes, memorial folders, and panels for the families we are honored to serve.
In his spare time Chris likes to bass fish, play golf, and spend time at Apple Valley Lake. He is married to Amanda McMillen. They live in Howard and have two children: Kensley and Kacien.
Larry A. Hall
Larry A. Hall is a life long resident of Marion, Ohio having graduated from Marion Harding High School, attended Marion Technical College, the Ohio State University and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is member of St. Mary Catholic Church and is or has been a member of nearly every social, fraternal and professional organization in Marion and has served on most of their boards or as an officer. He is active in Marion Rotary Club and serves on the board of the Center Street Community Clinic. He has faithfully served the funeral and burial needs of the Marion area for over 46 years as an owner of Gunder/Hall&Folk Funeral Directors. He and his wife Linda have a blended family of 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Larry enjoys travel, outdoor and water related activities.
Howard Seckel is what one would call a multifaceted person. He was born into a farm family and stayed working on the farm for all of his life. But, he has not limited all of his time to being strictly a farmer.
When he graduated from Claridon Local High School in 1956, Howard decided he wanted to go to college to become a mortician. He applied to Ohio State and was ready to take the entrance exams, when his father had a talk with him under the large maple tree in the wooded area in the pasture. His dad needed help to keep the farm working and asked him to stay home and help. So Howard ditched those plans and stayed home. But, his plans were not totally gone. He went to Denzer Funeral Home and volunteered to help Mr. Denzer in any way that he could. Thus, he could be active in what he loved and still be able to help on the farm.
In 1959, Howard was approached by the Superintendent of Claridon Local School asking him to drive a school bus. He accepted the challenge. This job fit perfectly into his farm work life. He managed to drive a bus from 1959 through 1969 for Claridon and later for River Valley Local Schools taking a short break from 1961 – 1963 to serve in the Armed Forces.
While driving the River Valley bus, he became reacquainted with a young lady from his high school who was at that time teaching in the River Valley school system. They were married in 1967 and lived in a mobile home on the farm.
When his son and daughter came along, Howard had to find a job to help supplement his income. Since he had always repaired the machinery and all kinds of things on the farm, he was a good candidate to get an appliance repairman job. He started working for NU-Supply, Inc. in the appliance repair department in 1969. He worked there until it closed in 2001. In addition to the many other jobs Howard was doing, he was still farming and working at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home.
Today, Howard and his wife live on their own farm East of Marion. Their son and his family live on part of the farm, while their daughter and her family live in Galena, Ohio. They have 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, a step grandson, and 2 step great-granddaughters. Howard continues to farm and raise cattle, and continues to follow his lifelong passion of funeral service, now with the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home.
Domenick J. Marocco
Domenick J. Marocco III is a native of Marion, Ohio. He is a 2005 graduate of Marion Harding High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Economics from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. In 2011, Domenick graduated with honors from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and served his apprenticeship at Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors, now Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home where he continues to be of service to his community. Locally, Domenick is a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church, on the Board of Directors of the Marion Family YMCA, and was appointed by The Marion City Council to the Marion Board of Commissions. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to foreign countries, anything outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.
A native of Huron County, Lee is a 1975 Graduate of the Culver Military Academy, a Graduate of Bowling Green State University (Firelands Campus), and a 1980 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is dual licensed Ohio Funeral Director and Embalmer.
Lee married Amy Dawson in 1981, and together they have two children. Both his children are grown, married and thriving in their own lives. They each have one son, born within a week of each other in 2014, and are growing up so fast.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys spending time with his family, and especially the two grandsons. He also enjoys riding and working on his old motorcycle.
Lee joined the Snyder Funeral Homes in February 2015, and primarily serves families in Delaware County.
Treese was raised in central Ohio, and after spending a few years in Los Angeles she returned, eventually settling in Delaware. After many years in the banking and IT business she joined the former Rodman Neeper Funeral Home in 2001 and became an associate with Snyder Funeral Homes in 2012 when the two firms merged.
Treese fills many roles for the funeral home, from facilitating inter-office communication and activities to serving as liaison with the families before, during, and after their services. She especially enjoys the opportunities to take care of our families, assisting anyway she can.
She and her husband John have lived in Delaware for 25 years and have one daughter, Jennifer, and three grandchildren, Josh, Kaitlyn, and Ashley.
Although born in Mansfield, Ohio, Jalane has experienced living in many parts of the United States including the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. She graduated with honors from California Lutheran University with a B.A. in Communications. Her professional career includes working for President Reagan at his library in Simi Valley, California, Director of Public Relations and Investor Relations for Salem Communications, the largest Christian broadcasting company in the United States, Community Relations Coordinator for MedCentral Hospice and Case Manager for the Area Agency on Aging. Jalane is the Public Relations Director for all four divisions of Snyder Funeral Homes.
Jalane enjoys organic gardening and cooking, reading and exercise. She and her husband Bob are charter members of Heartland Church in Lexington. They live in a country setting where they prefer spending as much time outdoors as possible. Jalane hopes above all to represent God’s amazing love in her role as wife, mother, daughter and sister.
Jacob Matuska is an Advanced Planning Specialist for Snyder Funeral Homes in Richland and Crawford Counties and is a Licensed Life Insurance Agent. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was a student-athlete and part of the football team. Jacob loves spending time with his family and friends any chance he has. Jacob often travels between the Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville and Galion locations. He loves to meet with new families and building lasting meaningful relationships, as he helps each family put their own intentional plan in place.
A native of Logan County, Ohio, Katie graduated from Indian Lake High School in 2009, attended The Ohio State University, and later received her B.S. in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. She became a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and cremation specialist in 2014. Katie joined Snyder Funeral Homes in fall of 2016, and primarily works at the Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware. In her free time Katie volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, and is a member of Kiwanis. You can find her every Saturday cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes Football, or spending her free time helping her sister in the journey to becoming a funeral director as well.
Mike Wood is a native of Auglaize County and grew up in St. Marys, Ohio where he graduated from Memorial High School. He also is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he majored in Animal Science and Business. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife Glenda, his son Chris, his daughter Jennifer and his two grandsons Sebastian and Oliver.
He is an Advanced Planning Specialist and is a licensed insurance agent with the State of Ohio. Mike works for Snyder Funeral Homes serving families in Delaware, Sunbury, Ashley, Marengo, and the areas surrounding those communities. He feels privileged to meet with families and assist them with their preplanning wishes.
Mike is a native of southeastern Ohio, graduating in 1972 from Hannan Trace High School in Gallia County. Holding a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, summa cum laude, from Ohio University, he also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University. Early in his career he served in the Athens County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy and supervisor. While pursuing his operations and procurement career with Banc One Services Corporation, Mike attained his Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation. Later feeling called to administrative ministry, Mike completed his Master of Divinity degree in 1995 through the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, in Delaware. Thereafter he served as the Minister of Business Administration for Dublin Baptist Church in Dublin, Ohio.
More recently, Mike owned and operated the PakMail franchise in Powell, Ohio. He began working part-time for the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury in 2015. A fulltime associate since 2016, he is completing an apprenticeship to become a licensed Funeral Director.
A 32nd Degree Mason, Mike is a Past Master of Sparrow Lodge #400 F&AM in Sunbury, and is a former Trenton Township Trustee and BST&G Fire Department Chairman. He and his wife Velda live in the Sunbury area and have one son, Grant, and three grandchildren, Wesley, Brooke, and Ana. Mike and Velda are longtime members of Genoa Baptist Church, North of Westerville.
Ken is a native Buckeye, born and raised on the east side of Columbus. A graduate of Eastmoor High School attended The Ohio State University and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. He began his career in funeral service in Rockville, Maryland followed by Louisville, Kentucky before returning home to central Ohio. Throughout the course of his career, Ken has been active in a number of organizations, primarily Rotary Club and Chambers of Commerce. He sincerely enjoys serving families in their time of need and uses his experience to help them confront the death of their loved one and assist them in taking the first few steps without them.
Ken is the youngest of his 5 brothers and enjoys sharing his love of the Buckeyes, Blue Jackets and Chicago Cubs with them. He is the father of his two sons, Tyler and Arek. He enjoys woodworking and home improvement projects. He and his wife of 22 years spend their time exploring the city with friends and family. As they make Sunbury their home, they look forward to joining and becoming involved in the community and Delaware County.
Zach W. Wheeler
A native of Marion, Zach graduated from Ridgedale High School in the Class of 2006. He furthered his education at The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in English. Zach has been a lifelong member of Family Life Church, where he plays the guitar on their worship team and volunteers on their media team. He is married to Stephanie Wheeler, and they are blessed to have two children: Landyn and Nora (with one more on the way in the winter of 2018). He is a dedicated member of the team for Snyder Funeral Homes in Marion and Mount Gilead, helping run the office and specializing in graphic design. He is truly honored to help families celebrate the unique life of their loved ones.
Denise Clements Owens
Denise Clements Owens is a native of Cardington, Ohio, where she graduated from Cardington-Lincoln High School in the class of 1990. She furthered her education at The Ohio State University, and holds insurance licenses in Life & Health and Property & Casualty. She now resides in Marion, with her fiancé, Shawn Johnson, and daughter, Aubri. She is a member of the Marion Noon Kiwanis Club, The Historic Women’s Club Home of Marion, and the Waldo American Legion Post 605, where she is a Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoys attending Emanuel Lutheran Church in Marion, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family. She is honored to help families plan their arrangements in advance, ensuring their wishes are fulfilled and protected for the Snyder Funeral Homes locations in Marion and Mount Gilead.
Gary Crawford is an Advanced Planning Specialist for Snyder Funeral Homes in Richland and Crawford Counties and is a Licensed Life Insurance Agent with 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. He lives in Lexington with his wife Pam and has 4 kids and 7 grandkids. He is a member of Crossroads Community Church in Mansfield and enjoys cooking, traveling (especially to escape Ohio's cold weather!), and spending time with his family. He is honored to help area families address their pre-planning funeral needs.