Charles Snyder

Charles K. Snyder

Conrad —Charles K Snyder of Conrad, Air Force veteran and retired Civil Service employee, passed away January 19, 2014 of COPD. Cremation has taken place and at his request no services will be held.

He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Pottsville, PA. He and his family lived in Tamaqua, PA. In 1942 when his father passed away, he and his sister and mother moved to Newton Falls, OH. He graduated from Newton Falls High School in May 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1946. He was stationed in Hawaii, Enewetak Atoll, where he witnessed three detonations of three atomic devices. He was also assigned to Johnston Island, Hill AFB, Utah and East Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX. In 1952 he met and married Dora Gonzales. They raised a daughter and two sons. They divorced in July, 1975. In December, 1952 he was assigned to South Korea and later sent to Tachibaka, Japan. He returned to the States in 1954 and was assigned to NAS Olathe, KS. He was discharged in Sept., 1954. He entered USAF Civil Service in 1956 at Kelly AFB, TX. In 1975 he accepted a position with the AFPRO Boeing, in Seattle, WA with detached service with the SATAF on the Minuteman Missile Upgrade Program. During the program he was in charge of all GSA vehicles and arranged airlift in and out of all missiles. He was assigned to Minot AFB, ND, Malmstrom AFB, MT and in Whitman, MO while involved with this program. On July 2,1976, while at Malmstrom AFB, he met and married Gladys (Babe) Campbell in Great Falls, MT. He is survived by his wife, Gladys (Babe) Snyder; daughter Roxanne Snyder, and son Bobby Snyder both of San Antonio, TX; son Gerald Wayne (Linda) Snyder, South Lake, TX; step­daughter Jackie (Ray) Pryor, Lewistown, MT; step-son Tom Campbell, Red Lodge, MT; step-son Don (Laurie) Campbell.; stepson Bill (Kelli) Campbell, both of Brady, MT; stepson Ron (Margaret) Campbell, Conrad, MT and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, mother and sister. A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at a later date.

"Chuck," "Charlie," "Dad," "Grandpa" will be greatly missed. He had a wonderful smile and laugh, loved his family, took such good care of his wife, Gladys, the past 37 years, was quick to make friends and give many of them fun nicknames, solved most of the daily crossword puzzles completely, and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys even when they lost or when he had to yell at the TV to encourage them on.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be sent to the VFW Post 7655 in Conrad or to the Wellness Center at Pondera Medical Center.

Condolences can be made to

Funeral Home

302 S MAIN Conrad, MT 59425
(406) 278-3333

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 26, 2014