Raymond Dean “Ray” Snyder was born November 6, 1937 to Clarence Alden and Nellie “Marguerite” Warren Snyder in Kansas City, KS. He passed away at St Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO. July 3, 2018.
In 1945, at the age of 8, Ray moved to Iconium, MO where he grew up and attended Osceola High School. After graduating from high school in 1955, Ray served in the United States Navy in the hospital corps from 1956 until 1960. After his time in the Navy Ray embarked on a successful career as a pharmaceutical sales manager, a career that spanned over 40 years. While serving in the Navy he married Janalee Harper of Osceola, MO on December 17, 1958. From this union 3 children were born, Sandy R Snyder, Craig A Snyder, and Valerie A Snyder-Holman.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Marguerite, two brothers, Robert and Richard Snyder, sister-in-law Alice Snyder, his fiancé Jeanne Biesner , and son-in-law Jeff Holman.
He is survived by his children, Sandy, Craig, and Valerie, 1 granddaughter Aubrey
Snyder, sister-in-law Nina Snyder and her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren, his former wives Janalee Pacheco and Betty Snyder along with many other beloved family members and friends.
Sandra Snyder saysDecember 21, 2020 at 8:22 am
You know when a life is lived well when 1 gets to choose their time of death and Pa did both.My sister said that the night before he died Pa proclaimed he was tired and ready to go home to be with his brothers and just 11 hours later he was gone, with his granddaughter by his side,alone as others had left or gone to fetch a drink because not even the doctors expected him to pass.Our God sent for my Pa on the 11th hour after he requested to come home.Now that’s a sure sign of a life well lived.A conscious life and a considerate life.My Pa was a great husband,father,son-in-law,provider,friend,employee,deacon and a humble servant of God day in and day out in the smallest of ways.I have 1 of his heirlooms that says,”If I cannot do great things, I will do small things in a great way.” and that he did in a big way.He lived his life considerate of how others were affected and how he could help until he could help himself no more after a long illness that took a piece of him everyday.Thankfully my Pa had a few good years before he died and had the time to heal emotionally,mentally and spiritually before meeting his God.Thank You Father for giving this tremendous gift to my beloved father whom I’ve missed for too long now.He was our rock and protector,provider and teacher,our stand in comic when times got rough,with a joke or 2 or 20 to turn that frown upside down.During my darkest hours when we were both sick and 100 miles apart we’d banter on the phone and end up laughing hysterically.Oh the gift of his humor and endorphins rushing thru pain wracked bodies! His favorite quote that I heard growing up and beyond was,”Say what you mean and mean what you say!” Also ‘Don’t try just do!” I think that was a Navy saying.He raised us with Navy discipline,which at the time was a pain but now I am sooo very thankful for and all that he taught us through his every thought,word and deed,thank you Pa for being you and sharing yourself with all you met,even the lowest of the low you showed kindness to and taught us to do the same.I pray we 3 can live up to being your children and live your lessons that I pray will pass down to your granddaughter as well who has had many difficult lessons with illness also.i raised her as you and Grandpa raised me and I pray it will serve her as well as it has myself.
I love you and I miss you so very much and for so very long now.I am thankful that you are home and free of all pain.
This is what I wanted to say at your funeral but was too shy to “stand to” in front of our kinsman.Forgive my cowardice as you raised us to be fearless.I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU RAYMOND DEAN SNYDER…MY PA.