John R. Snyder

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RUSHVILLE, Ill. -- John R. Snyder, 72, of Rushville, passed away at 7:24 p.m. Sunday (June 15, 2014) in Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1942, in Macomb, a son of the late Irwin and Helen Vaughn Snyder. He married Dianne Busen on July 22, 1967, in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mount Sterling, and she survives.

John grew up in Hersman on the family farm and worked with his father at the Hersman Trading Post. He was a 1960 graduate of Brown County High School. He went on to Culver-Stockton College, where he played football. He later attended Parson's College, where he was a member of the parachute team. He enlisted with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Fort Rucker, where he earned his pilot's license and air traffic controller certification. He was a member of the select Golden Knights parachute team. He participated in many demonstrations and competitions both domestically and internationally. He logged over 2,000 jumps and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for breaking many parachuting records. He participated in the Military Olympics in Spain in 1968. He earned pilot's licenses from Emery Riddle University in Atlanta for commercial multi-engine and instrumental ratings.

After his military service, John worked in insurance sales and management in St. Louis, before being recruited by his mother to run the family business of Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville in 1973. He became owner and administrator, working until his death. He was also a licensed plumber, electrician and HVAC technician and had many other business interests.

He was a member of many pilot and flying associations, founding member of the Rushville Flying Club, board member and past president of the Illinois Health Care Association, board member of the American Health Care Association and co-founder of the Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Association. He was also a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, Rushville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M 9, Quincy Consistory and the Ansar Shrine. He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post 4, 40 et 8.

For many years, he coached and supported Rushville Little League and flag football. He enjoyed flying, playing golf and working.

In addition to his wife, also surviving are two sons, Aaron Snyder and Gregg Snyder, both of Rushville; one brother, Vaughn Snyder and wife, Janet, of Vestavia Hills, Ala.; mother-in-law, Louise Busen, of Timewell; and several nephews and their wives.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, with the Rev. John Sowers and the Rev. Gary Bass conducting. Interment will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post 4.

VISITATION: 3-7 p.m. Thursday in the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Masonic rites will be performed by Rushville Masonic Lodge 9 immediately following the visitation.

MEMORIALS: Schuyler County Humane Society or the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

ARRANGEMENTS: Wood Funeral Home and Worthington Funeral Home, both in Rushville.


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Wood Funeral Home
900 West Wilson Rushville, IL 62681
(217) 322-3311
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from June 18 to June 20, 2014
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