Marion Gene Snyder
Marion "Gene" Snyder, 89, of Boise went home to his heavenly Father on Friday, August 31, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the Good Samaritan Village.
Gene was born November 16, 1923 in Republic, Missouri, one of four sons born to Jesse and Marie Shepardson Snyder. His parents and brothers Ralph, Phil and Kenneth all preceded him in death. On August 29, 1942 he married his long time friend from second grade and high school sweetheart Afleeta Beatrice "Bea" Walker. They had five children. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary just two days before he passed. He is survived by four children David (Denise) of Cascade, Idaho, Linda and Sharon of LaMesa, California, and Dennis of Springfield, Oregon. Charles Snyder, their youngest child, died in 1997. They also have 6 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great- great grandson.
Gene joined the U. S. Navy in 1942. He served 22 years on several ships and shore bases. During his tenure in the Navy he served in WWII
and the Korean War
. He was Chief Commissaryman at the time of his retirement from the Navy. Gene and Bea started their family in San Diego, then traveled with his family to many exciting places including Guam and the Philippines, but always returning to their home in San Diego. He was serving as a Navy recruiter in Gallop, New Mexico when he retired in 1964. Gene started a new career in Federal Civil Service as Kitchen Foreman at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, then as the Head Chef at the new VA Hospital in San Diego when he retired in 1979. Gene and Bea then moved to Cascade, Idaho with their youngest son Charles. Gene loved hunting, fishing and sports of all kinds. Gene excelled in sports and was an outstanding athletic during his youth in football, baseball, basketball, track and boxing. His participation in sports continued while serving in the Navy and well into his sixties playing baseball on his church team and basketball with the church youth. They resided in Cascade for 30 years until his health forced them to move to Boise.
Bea and the family want to gratefully thank the Havenwood Home Center nursing staff for Gene's home care over the last several years. Also thanks to the Good Samaritan staff and Treasure Valley Hospice staff for Gene's care during the last few weeks before his "greatest promotion" to Heaven to be with Jesus until we are all together again.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m., at Cascade Community Church. He will be interned with honors at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise on Tuesday, September 10th.at 1:00 p.m.