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Obituary: Fred J Snyder

Obituary: Fred J Snyder

September 5th, 2018 in Obituaries

Fred J. Snyder, 77, of High Point, Missouri, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018, at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Jefferson City, Missouri. He was born on August 2, 1941, in the home of his maternal grandparents in rural Moniteau County, Missouri to Earl M. and Maxine (Gracy) Snyder, both of whom preceded him in death. Fred graduated from California High School in California, Missouri in 1959. On March 2, 1962, he married Marlene Royle, formerly of Ansley, Nebraska. Fred was an accomplished and lifelong farmer. He loved farming, especially the 50 years he spent as a dairy farmer. He received the FFA State Farmer Award in 1959, and the FFA American Farmer Degree in 1961. In 1973, he and Marlene received a Western Missouri Farm Management Award from the Extension Division of the University of Missouri. With the help of his good friend and long-time employee, Gary Porter, he managed a prosperous dairy herd, cultivated row crops, and, in later years, raised beef cattle. June fescue harvest, involving multiple combines and many hands, was a highlight of Fred's year. He employed numerous young men in his family and community to help with annual harvests and hay-hauling, and became a mentor, role model, and friend to each one. Fred was the proud owner of a Missouri Century Farm, and over the course of his career was able to accumulate much of the property owned by grandparents and great-grandparents on both sides of his family tree. Fred was a lifelong Presbyterian, a member of High Point Presbyterian Church until it closed, then of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, Missouri, where he served terms as a deacon and elder. He believed in community, serving at various times on the board of directors for Highland Mutual Insurance Company and MFA Cooperative in California, Missouri; the Moniteau County Farm Bureau; the Moniteau County Fair Board; and, the High Point R-III School Board. But he was most proud of being a founding member, along with Marlene, of the High Point Community Renewal Association. He revelled in the High Point Homecoming—whether organizing the parade, announcing the parade participants as they passed through town, or calling out bingo numbers in a school classroom in the afternoon. He loved celebrating High Point with his friends and neighbors. An avid sports fan, he was a long-time (and long suffering) Chiefs' season ticket holder and enthusiastic Royals' fan. But he saved his biggest fandom for the activities of his children and grandchildren. He and Marlene rarely missed any activity in which their daughters were involved; the girls have fond memories of postgame kitchen table dissections of their high school volleyball and basketball games. Later, he attended as many of his grandchildren's activities as he could, and enthusiastically added dance, soccer, show choir, musicals, hockey, and lacrosse to his favorites list. Fred Snyder was the very best of men—decent, honest, faithful, hardworking, humble, good-humored, kind, generous. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; two daughters and their husbands, Tammy and David Garrison of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Janet and Aaron Brown of Joplin, Mo.; five grandchildren, Olivia, Caroline, and Andrew Garrison, and Zoe and Abby Brown; three brothers and their wives, Jerry and Martha Snyder, Stafford, Mo., Jim and Judy Snyder, Jasper, Ind., Kenny and Mary Jane Snyder, Jamestown, Mo.; one sister and her husband, Donna and Larry Scott, Columbia, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews; countless friends and neighbors. Visitation will be held at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Home in California, Mo., on Monday, September 3, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. Fred's funeral will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Versailles, Mo. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Fred's name to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the High Point Community Renewal Association.