January 20, 1943 ~ November 6, 2005

Born in: Ohio,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Gerald Dean Snyder, 62, of 6 Blaine’s Way, Candler. died Sunday, November 6, 2005 at his home. Gerald was a native of Ohio. He was the son of Anna Foster Snyder of Risingsun, OH., who was supportive and very dear to him throughout his life, and the late Benjamin Snyder. Throughout his elementary, high school, college, and into his adult life he participated in a variety of sports. One particular experience he was proud of was playing football for Ohio State University under Woody Hayes. Gerald was of partial native American Lineage, and he researched, collected and held dear his native American spirituality and artifacts. Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife Marian Chronister Snyder, five daughters; Lori Paxson of Fostoria, OH, Jane Cooper and her husband, Randy of OH, Peggy Dillon, and her husband Mike of Finley, OH, and Barbara Bradley and her husband Nathan, of Old Fort, Carrie Snyder and her husband Corey of Candler. Twelve Grandchildren: Nicole, Tom, Megan, Madison, Chase, Lydia, Kaden, James, Jason, Colleen, Jonathan, and Nathanial Shane. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Saturday in the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Joe Yelton officiating. His family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

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  1. Jerry was the best thing that came into mine and my mothers lives. He raised me from when I was 13. He was always there for me even though sometimes I didn’t want him to be. I loved him and always will love him. He was and still is a good man. I will never forget when my son Shane had the colic and pawpaw was all he wanted and he stayed up with him until 4 in the mourning with him on his chest. He let me sleep. I love him so much and will always be a part of my life and my kids life.

  2. Gerald was a good man,husband,&grandfather.He always had a smile and a joke.He had just retired &lots of us missed seeing him every day at work,but we really enjoyed his frequent visits.He will be missed,but will live in my heart forever.

  3. Marian and Carrie,
    My deepest heart felt condolences go to you and your family. It was always a joy to go into work and see Gerald’s smiling face. He always made my day, no matter how bad it was. He will be missed very deeply by many. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Gerald was one of a kind, he showed to us what a true friend is. He has been with us all the way this year,thru good times and bad times. When ever we needed a friend all we had to do is call he would be there. Rick and Gerald have been like brothers for a long time this year Brian and I got to see why Rick loved him so much. He has touched lives in ways like no other ever has. Even though he may not be here in body his spirit will live forever in our hearts. Marion Carrie Barbara your family has and is so very much loved by our family. Marion you are just another sister to us.Marion you and Gerald was always there for us and we will continue to be there for all of you. Gerald touched Brians life in a way few people can. We love you all, may God be with you in the coming days and give you strength and peace. Love your friends Rick Karen Brian

  5. To All Of His Family My Heart Goes Out To You All.

    What Can I Say I Don’t Think There Are Words To Express What Gerald Meant To Not Just Me But To Us All He Was Just Like A Dad To Me And I will Always Fill Like He Was My Second Dad Cause He Was There For Me When No One Else Was. He Would Never Let Me Give Up I Thank You So Much For Every Thing You Have Given Me, And All Of Us. I Love Ya Pop’s.

  6. Gerald was so dear to my heart. He was a pleasure to work with. I always enjoyed seeing his smiling happy face. He would always lift my spirits and make my work night a whole lot easier. To all his family, you are in my prayers. With deepest sympathy,Crissy

  7. Gerald will be truly missed he was more than a friend to me.I always knew I could count on him. He always had a answer to my problems. I enjoyed working with him and getting a hug every night at work. Marian you and your family are in my prayers and I love you dealy.

  8. On behalf of Rick and I we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Jerry’s family in Ohio as well as North Carolina.

    Jerry introduced Rick and I twenty years ago. Due to his judgement Rick and I have enjoyed the happiest years of our life.

    Rick worked with Jerry in horrible factory conditions in Toledo. However, Jerry brought a great deal of joy into an otherwise dismal place. He was missed when he moved to N.C.

    We spent many a night under the stars camping with Jerry and his family. He will forever be remembered for his ‘lantern’. It was a bedside table lamp with a pink frilly shade. He would attach it to a very lo-o-n-ng extension cord and walk among our campsites bringing us light as well as a laugh. He would be waiting with hot coffee at our picnic table when we unzipped our tent.

    We did Community Theater with Jerry and he was always willing to help. He will best be remembered for his role as host to some of the greatest cast parties. His role as The Second Cop in ‘Wait Until Dark’ will do down in Community Theater History.

    A special note to Peggy and Jane, whom we watched grow up: We wish you the comfort that only God can give. Please know that Kate, Rick and I will be there for you whenever, wherever, however. We loved them. We love you.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope you will please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family. He touched our hearts even the short time we knew him. May God Bless.


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