Gene T. Snyder, 89, of Columbia, Ill., born April 5, 1925, in Commerce, Okla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Columbia, Ill.
Gene was a proud member of the Chosin Few, the 3rd Infantry Battalion (The Thirsty Third). He had retired from civil service at Defense Mapping Agency, St. Louis, Mo., had served in the U.S. Marines and was a World War II, China Marines, and Korean War veteran, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Billie, nee Trout, Snyder; and a twin brother, Jack Snyder.
Surviving are his wife, Bernice, nee Burke, Snyder, whom he married on Sept. 1, 1951, in Dover, N.J.; his sons, Michael (Gwen) Snyder of Columbia, Ill., and Eric Snyder of Waterloo, Ill.; a daughter, Linmarie (Tony) Mantia of Waterloo, Ill.; grandchildren, Joshua Snyder and Kelly (Chad) Benzinger; great-grandchildren, Ian Stanley and Belle Benzinger; and other relatives and friends.
Memorial contribution suggestions to the Chosin Few, c/o Lawlor Funeral Home, 218 S. Metter Ave., Columbia, Ill. 62236. For more information, please access our website, www.lawlorfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
LAWLOR FUNERAL HOME, Columbia, Ill.
Lawlor Funeral Home - Columbia
218 South Metter Ave Columbia, IL 62236
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 11, 2014