Gary Stephen Snyder was born on May 28, 1949 in Lafayette, Ind. to Russel and Mary Snyder and took his place in Heaven on July 14, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
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Family and friends remember him as a strong Christian, a loving and patient father, a dedicated husband, avid fisherman, amateur photographer, and a man who loved to make people laugh with his dry sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Mary (Worick) Snyder; four children: Megan Lyn (Jason) White, Erin Laine (Timothy) Bowman, Bevin Kasey Snyder, Christopher Russel Snyder; granddaughters Jocelyn Lydia Bowman and Evalyn Leslie Bowman; his father Russel Eugene Snyder; brothers Mark Monte and Lynn Snyder; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Lee (Miller) Snyder and sister
Jeanne (Snyder) Polstra.
Gary received his BA in sociology from Purdue University. His working career was mainly as a self-employed life and group insurance agent, working for Massachusetts Mutual, Standard Life, and as marketing director for MECCA, a self-insurance agency. He retired on disability in 2002.
He was a life long Presbyterian, most recently a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church. He served on the national board of Presbyterian Men's Association (PMA) as treasurer, and served as the Presbytery of Ohio Valley PMA representative for over a decade.
He was a past board member of the Tulip Trace Council of Girl Scouts in Bloomington, IN.
He also held many other offices including: president in the Lafayette, Ind. Evening Optimist Club and Bedford, Ind. Morning Optimist Club. When the family moved to Mitchell, Ind., he was an elder, active choir member, youth group leader and Sunday School teacher at Mitchell Presbyterian Church.
He served on the Lawrence County Fair Board, and held leadership and teaching positions in the Lawrence County National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU).
At First Presbyterian Church in Seymour, he served as chair of the deacons and assisted a the local food pantry.
Per his wishes, his remains will be cremated and a memorial service at Brownstown Presbyterian Church will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with Pastor Michael Mullenix officiating. Friends may call at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
Memorials may be written to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202 for the national program, or through Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, Ind.
All arrangements have been entrusted to the caring staff of Tri-County Crematory, Seymour, Ind., owned and operated by Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street
Seymour, IN 47274
Published in The Jackson County Banner from July 17 to July 24, 2013