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CALVIN N. SNYDER


1933 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
CALVIN N. SNYDER Obituary
CALVIN N. SNYDER Mission: Calvin N. Snyder went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the age of 80. He was born on November 28, 1933 in Brundage, Texas. He grew up on a ranch between San Marcos and Wimberley and graduated from San Marcos High School in 1951. He worked construction from 1951 until he was drafted into the Army in 1954 where he served at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and immediately enrolled at Southwest Texas State University. He received his B.S. degree in elementary education with a concentration in speech and hearing therapy. In his senior year he was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his classmates and professors. In January of 1960 he started work for McAllen ISD as a speech and hearing therapist. In 1963 he was promoted to coordinator of the Special Education Department where he served until he retired in 1990. During his tenure, his department grew from 8 staff members to 250+ staff members. While working, he continued his education and obtained a double Masters' Degree in counseling and administration from UTPA. He married Joye Bragg in 1954 and had Calvin Sterling in 1957 and Deborah Lynn in 1959. He was preceded in death by Joye in 1975 and by Deborah in 1990. He remarried in 1976 with blessings from his son to Mollie Haley and became father to 9 year old Juanita. Calvin was generous with his time in serving on boards of charitable organizations including the Easter Seal Society, Salvation Army, the Valley Botanical Garden, and the McAllen International Museum in which he was a charter member. Furthermore, his relationship with the Lord was of utmost importance in his life. He was an active member and served as a deacon in several churches including Calvary Baptist Church, McAllen; Conway Avenue Baptist, Mission; Trinity Baptist Church, McAllen; and First Baptist Church, McAllen. During his years, he served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School director, and chairman of the Deacons. Moreover, he was a man of godly character and integrity who pastored his family, friends, and staff with love and compassion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors. Through his love of the outdoors, he came to love God in a special way. Through his hunting and fishing, he shared that love of God with his fellow hunters and fishermen. Moreover, he loved to prepare and share what he harvested with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, June Ezell Williams. Survivors include his wife, Mollie of Mission; sister, Dorothy (John) March of California; son, Calvin Sterling (Debbie) of Roma; daughter, Juanita (Arnie) Vega of Mission; and grandchildren, Crystal (Chad) Davis of Kyle, Robert Ledford of Pennsylvania, Rebekah (Leighton) Shawhan of Harlingen, Elizabeth (Joshua) Black of Hewitt, Anna Snyder of Roma, Haley and Katie Steele of Mission; great-grandchildren Camille and Carigan Davis, Lexi and Landon John Shawhan, and Emily Black; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at Kreidler Funeral Home with a funeral service on 2:00pm Saturday, May 17, 2014 at First Baptist Church of McAllen. Kreidlerfuneralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on May 16, 2014
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