Obituaries » William Gene Snyder

February 2, 1940 - May 18, 2019

Funeral Service Date
May 23, 2019
Funeral Service Time
11:00 am

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William Gene Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN died unexpectedly at his home on May 18, 2019 at the age of 79. Bill was born in Zanesville, IN, on February 2, 1940. Bill, along with his wife of 57 years, Wanda Harmon Snyder, was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Bill worked at BF Goodrich for 30 years and retired in 1993. Bill and Wanda started their own business, New Haven Trophies, which they owned from 1980 until 2016. Until the time of his death, Bill enjoyed working with his son Todd at his business.

Bill was known for his friendly personality, his generosity and his ability to fix anything. Bill loved sports and was an avid bowler, golfer and card player, and he especially loved fishing in northern Minnesota with his family. For many years, Bill coached girls’ softball in New Haven, and he was probably best known for his elaborate holiday displays that he created in his yard. Seeing cars full of families line up along Hartzell Road to enjoy his Christmas lights or Halloween decorations brought Bill great joy.

Despite his many accomplishments, Bill was most proud of his family. He was a devoted dad to his four children, and a beloved Papa to his 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Whether it was building a treehouse or a dollhouse, riding in the golf cart, playing a game, doing a puzzle or just hanging out, Bill loved spending time with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife Wanda Harmon Snyder, his children Teresa (Dan) Gibbons of South Haven, MI, Sherry (Matt) Monesmith of Jasper, IN, Todd (Lisa) Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Tiffani (Mike) Setlak of New Haven, IN; grandchildren Will (Julie) Gibbons of Loma Linda, CA, John (Bethany) Gibbons of Ann Arbor, MI, Caitlin Monesmith of Chicago, IL, Lauren (Brendan Hurley) Monesmith of Columbia, MO, Nick Monesmith of Jasper, IN, Sarah Monesmith of Jasper, IN, Nick Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN, Lindsay Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN, Anna Setlak of New Haven, IN, Lily Setlak of New Haven, IN; great-grandson Milo Gibbons of Ann Arbor, MI; siblings Mary Lou Snyder of Huntington, IN, Louis (Sharon) Snyder of New Haven, IN, Steve (Pam) Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN, Joan (Jim) Abbott of Roanoke, IN and Dan (Kris) Snyder of Ft. Wayne, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Mary Martha Snyder, brother Ron Snyder and sister Carol Irick.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am, Thursday, May 23, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Haven, IN, 943 Powers St. with calling a half hour prior. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm with vigil at 4:30 pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Ft. Wayne. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Ft. Wayne. Memorial contributions may be made to Masses or St. John the Baptist, New Haven.

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

vigil at 4:30 pm

Visitation Date

May 22, 2019

Visitation Time

04:00 pm – 08:00 pm

Additional Info

vigil at 4:30 pm

Funeral Service Information:

St. John The Baptist Catholic Church- New Haven

Phone: 260-493-0395

Address: 943 Powers St New Haven IN, 46774

Service Date: May 22, 2019

Service Time: 4:00 pm

Service Notes: calling a half hour prior

Funeral Service Date

May 23, 2019

Funeral Service Time

11:00 am

Additional Info

calling a half hour prior

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