Dr. Ramon Ligouri Snyder Feb. 12, 1934 - Feb. 13, 2013 Resident of Lincoln, CA Ramon "Ray" Ligouri Snyder, M.D., age 79, of Lincoln, CA passed away unexpectedly February 13, 2013. Ray was born in Cresco, IA to Lucille and Clement Snyder, Sr. of Canton, MN. He grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 1952. Ray went on to earn a B.S. from Notre Dame University in IN. He married Ada Lee Vannatter, formerly of Canton, (later divorced) before completing his Medical Degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He then completed a medical internship in Minneapolis before heading to Alaska where he served as a Physician in the US Air Force for three years. Ready for a milder climate, Ray decided to settle in California and practice family medicine in Pinole. For over 30 years "Dr. Ray" was known and loved by his patients for his warmth and a caring bedside manner. He was instrumental in getting Doctors Hospital built in Pinole where he served on the Board of Directors for many years. He was also a longtime member of the local Rotary Club. He married Linda Schwenk and often told his children that he and Linda would love to retire to Napa, CA. And that's exactly what he did! Ray was an enthusiast for travel (especially Hawaii), automobiles (Cadillacs), football (49ers) and good wine (any). CHEERS, to a life well lived! Ray is survived by his wife, Linda of Lincoln; his five children, R. Scott, M.D. (Debbie) of Bakersfield, Christine (Jeff) Bizzack of Rancho Sante Fe, Mari of Loomis, Steven, M.D. (Holly, M.D.) of Corona Del Mar and William "Bill", M.D. (Michelle) of San Diego; one step-daughter, Lashaun (Eric) Byer; seven grandchildren, Max, Sam, Carly, Nate, Ashley, Evelyn, and Keilani; two step-grandchildren, Zachary and Vance. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilma Stahl and Nancy Cohn. A memorial event in honor of Ray will be held in the near future; details yet to be determined. To be notified of the event details please send your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mari Snyder, P.O. Box 291, Meadow Vista, CA 95722. Donations can be made in Ray's honor to Tulane Medical School Donations, 1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112. (Please note 'Ramon Snyder' in memo field) "Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral with mourning; For I still live on as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men."
Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 20, 2013