William David Snider (1937 - 2015)

Obituary
  • "Had the pleasure of working with Bill @ Carrs pharmacy. He..."
    - Jean Parr
  • "To my beloved father that I love so much. Thank you for all..."
    - William J. Snider
  • "Dianne and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved..."
    - Becky Thario
  • "Awesome Guy, Great Person, Good Friend. One of Kind :)"
    - CJK
  • "Such a good man, gracious to all, from a family friend. I..."
    - Dianna Timm Dryden

William "Bill" David Snider, 78, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Providence Alaska Medical Center from complications of a stroke suffered earlier that week. He was able to celebrate Easter in Heaven. Memorial Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Cremation Society of Alaska, 7216 Lake Otis Pkwy. in Anchorage, Alaska. Graveside services will be held later at Angelus Memorial Park. Bill was born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Guy William and Josephine (Riemann) Snider. He was the youngest of six children. Bill graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1955. He attended University of Washington on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in Pharmacy in 1959. While in college, he married his childhood sweetheart, Claribel (Kebby) Snider. After working in Washington State for a few years, they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1966, with three young children. After their divorce years later, Bill moved to Tulsa, Okla. There he continued working as a Pharmacist and enjoyed many special times with lifelong friends, Bill and Carole Cutsinger and their family. He was a second brother and father to them. In 1990, Bill returned to Alaska, where he worked at Carrs-Safeway in Anchorage, retiring in 2005. In May 2000, he met Diane Heagy and after a whirlwind courtship, they married on Jan. 4, 2001. Friends and family were concerned about how fast it happened but "we had no time to waste." The next years were so very wonderful. Bill and Diane enjoyed many trips to Hawaii, Tulsa, and Wisconsin. In Anchorage, they enjoyed walking at Potter Marsh and Westchester Lagoon. He was a wonderful husband and father, but his greatest joy came from bring Grampa Willy to 12 grandchildren and he was really anticipating the next one to be born in July. He loved babysitting them, going to the parks and attending sporting events in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. His wife wrote, "At 6-foot-2-inches, he was such a gentle giant. I always told him to meet my mom in heaven. She would love him because he cared for me and my family so well." Bill is survived by his wife, Diane; and her four children, Erin and Brian Drumm of Wasilla, Alaska, Anneke and Chad Richardson of Anchorage, Alaska, Korah and Robert Harris of Wasilla, Alaska, and Nikolas and Erica Heagy of Portland, Ore.; and 13 grandchildren; his ex-wife, Kebby Snider; and their children, David Snider of Union, Wash., Gretchen Snider Bassett and husband, Scott Bassett of Vaughn, Wash., and William Snider of Tempe, Ariz.; one grandson; and one great-grandson; and two brothers, Ken Snider of Shelton, Wash., and Gene Snider of Portland, Ore. He is preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Ron; and sisters, Lorraine and Doris. The family would like to thank the staff at Providence and special friends, Elizabeth, Paulette and Zaire for their wonderful care during this time. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Alaska.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Apr. 8, 2015
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