Donald L. Snyder

April 21, 1917 ‒ October 30, 1978

Mansfield, Ohio

Donald L. Snyder, 61, of Ridgewood Blvd., Mansfield, Ohio died Monday evening, October 30, 1978 in Mansfield General Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born on April 21, 1917 in Morrow County, Ohio, the eldest son of Ora O. and Marion Lucas Snyder.   He lived the greater part of his life in the area.  He was a graduate of Lexington High School and attended the Mansfield Business College, where he met the love of his life Virginia Kurrich in a typing class.

He resided in Johnsville until 1937 when his father moved the family to Lexington to be closer to the Snyder Funeral Home there.

He and Virginia were married on August 20, 1938 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where they were longtime members.

From 1945 to 1954 he lived in Murray, Kentucky, where he had to move their young family with a job transfer as plant engineer with The Tappan Company.   He retired from Tappan Company after 36 years of service.

They moved back to Richland County, and the village of Butler in 1954.  Don was the inventor of a telescoping camping trailer and founder of the Snyder Trailer Company (later renamed HiLo Trailer Company) in Butler.  His wife, Virginia, assisted him by managing business operations during the company’s start-up period.

In addition to his church, his memberships include the Tappan’s Quarter Century Club, Charter Member of the Mansfield Lions Club, Charter Member of the Mohican Sailing Club and Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Donald is survived by his wife Virginia Kurrich Snyder; a son and daughter-in-law Charles K. and Carol Snyder of Lexington, Ohio; a daughter Regina K. Snyder of Mansfield, Ohio; and two grandchildren Carrie and John C. Snyder.

Also surviving are his nine brothers David and Jean Snyder of Salida, Colorado, Richard and Helen Snyder of Fredericktown, Ohio, Robert and Dorothy Snyder of Coaldale, Colorado,  Ora O. “Pete” and Gifta Snyder, Jr. of Bellville, Ohio, Philip and Madeline Snyder of Mount Gilead, Ohio, Thomas Arthur and Joyce Snyder of Mansfield, Ohio,  J. Paul and Shontell Snyder of Bellville, Ohio, James and Patricia Snyder of Bellville, Ohio, and H. Arden Snyder of Denver, Colorado; and his three sisters Betty and William Ritchie of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Patricia and Larry Hoffman all of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Janet and James Hope of Bellville, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was offered on Thursday, November 2, 1978 in Resurrection Catholic Churcy by Father Robert Weithman.  Burial followed in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.  Calling hours were held in the Lexington Avenue Home of Snyder Funeral Directors.