Mar. 8, 1919 - Nov. 4, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Paul was born on March 8, 1919 in Norwalk, OK to Leo and Mary Snyder. He went to our Heavenly Father on Nov. 4, 2013.Paul joined the Navy in 1939 when he was only 17 years old and served for 221/2 years. He was assigned to aircraft carriers and destroyers and served proudly in WW2.During this time he was a signal operator which consisted of sending and receiving morse code messages and encrypting and decoding signals. He was selected to the British Pacific fleet communications team as liaison communicator for visual communications between both U.S. and British fleets. He participated in many Naval missions during WW2 and was privileged to serve in the battle that ended the Japanese dominance of the Pacific, the historic Battle of Midway. He was very proud to be a member of America's Greatest Generation. Paul was the executive officer to the commanding office of the Naval Reserve Training Center in OKC when he retired from the Navy in 1968 as a Chief Petty Officer. He then became a Civil Servant at Tinker AFB, where he was the Aircraft Engine Repair Inspector and Foreman until his retirement in 1978.Paul married Marguerite LaRocca on Feb. 21, 1947 in Lake Charles, LA. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite and daughters, Charlotte Sliva, OKC, Janet (William) Preuss, Luverne, MN and the love of his life, his daughter Paula Snyder, OKC. Also survived by grandchildren Michael Hall, Albuquerque, NM, Jeff (Angie) Hicks, Phoenixville, PA and Kim (Brian) Arends, Luverne, MN and great grandchildren Nikki Hall, Albuquerque, NM, and Cooper and Tyler Arends, Luverne, MN.After retirement Paul loved spending time on his acreage and gardening and canning with his beloved wife.When health became an issue, Paul, Marguerite and Paula moved to Timberwood Assisted Living. He enjoyed the staff there and participated in many parties and activities until his health would not allow him to do so.Paul was a kind and generous man who loved his family. As a man who was put in an orphanage as a young child and had no role models, he provided a loving home for his family and was an exceptional father and provider. No one could have done more.Paul was a devout Catholic and prayed the rosary everyday, and he has now received his eternal reward in Heaven. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.A memorial service for Paul will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 9, 2013