HESSTON - James A. Snyder passed away at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, on April 5, 2014, 11:05 a.m. at the age of 84.
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Jim was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Robert J. and Barbara J. Snyder, as well as his parents, Paul V. and Kathryn L. Snyder.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Maria L. Rivera De Snyder.
Jim is lovingly remembered by his son, Jeff (Kim) Snyder; his daughter, Lisa (Daryl) Hostetler; and his grandchildren, Kenny (Rachel) Hostetler, Erin Hostetler, Miranda Snyder and Madalyn Hostetler. He is survived by one sister, Sara (George) Friesen of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.
Jim was born in Washington, Iowa, on Sept. 26, 1929. He graduated from Hesston Academy in 1947 and went on to earn a BA starting at Hesston College in 1949 and concluding at Goshen College in 1951. He then went on to Indiana University School of Social Work, where he began work on his master's degree between 1954 and 1955.
He worked for the Y.M.C.A., Hesston College and as a respiratory therapist. Regardless of the job he worked, Jim's interest was always working with people.
Jim enjoyed his family, being a pilot and flying, camping, photography and eventually genealogy.
A memorial service will be held at the Schowalter Villa Chapel, 200 W. Cedar St., Hesston, at 2 p.m. April 14. There will be time for fellowship and the sharing of memories following the service. Private family inurnment is planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Caring Fund, 200 W. Cedar St., Hesston, KS 67062, or may be sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster, P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.
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Published in The Kansan from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2014