Edgar L. Snyder Sr.


Edgar Lawrence Snyder Sr. joined his wife, Nancy Rue Snyder who recently passed on May 21, 2019, and he followed on May 30, 2019. After 73 years of marriage (Aug. 18, 1945) they were meant to be reunited.
Ed was born on June 10, 1923 in the small town of Oak Hill, Ohio. His parents were Jake and Allie (Leonard) Snyder.
Preceding him in death were all his siblings, one brother and seven sisters.
He is survived by five children, Randee (Pete) Morton, Pam (Chuck) Gordon, Patti (Russ) McKinnon, all of Traverse City, Larry (Sue) Snyder, of Powell Tennessee, and Nancy Kay (Jim) Nelson, of Plymouth. He will also be missed my his grandchildren, Tonya (Paul) Conway, Jennifer (Tony) Bailey, Rebecca Russell, Julie (Tom) O'Rourke, Kristen (Rob) Gray, David (Tiffani) McKinnon, Craig (Jessica) McKinnon, Rebecca Anne (Jason) Embler and Jake Snyder. He was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.
In 1943 Ed was in the U.S. Navy, and then in 1945 he joined the United States Coast Guard, where he worked as an aviation mechanic. He also flew on search and rescue missions and resupplying remote navigation stations. He was transferred multiple times, taking his family from Traverse City to New York, Mississippi, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and then returning to Traverse City, where he retired from the USCG in 1966.
After retiring, Ed went to work for the Record-Eagle, where he was a maintenance engineer for over 20 years. He formed lifelong friendships everywhere he worked.
It was said that he could fix anything and his daughter, Nancy Kay, bought him a tee shirt that read, "If Dad Can't Fix it We are All Screwed." He wore it proudly.
Among his many accomplishments, he built a beautiful house for his family and remodeled many others that Ed and his wife, Nancy, would flip as they moved around, always improving with each move. One of their flips was the Sleepy Hollow Motel, which they owned and operated for 16 years.
When they were done working for others they moved to Kalkaska, where they lived for 20 years. The last few years they moved back to Williamsburg into the house that Ed built to be closer to family.
Among Ed's hobbies he loved woodworking. He made a wide variety of things such as tables, cedar chests, chairs, flower boxes and rocking chairs for his grandchildren, baby doll beds, and the list goes on. He also loved the time he spent volunteering with the Commemorative Air Force.
Ed was a man of few words but he wasn't afraid to show his love with hugs for his family. He was known to be a trickster to his family and friends and relished playing practical jokes on anyone he thought would fall for it.
A private service will be held for Ed and Nancy Snyder at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City at a later date.
We give our thanks to hospice at Munson as well as Life Story, with a special thanks to Connie, Jill and Beth, who treated our parents with respect and dignity.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family.
Published on June 9, 2019
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7 posts

Ginger Moody
Jun 10, 2019
My condolences to all the family. I have known most of the children for many years. My late husband and I met them thru Randee & Pete. Have lots of wonderful memories of our friendship. Met Mr & Mrs Snyder when they owned the Sleepy Hollow Motel. I know they were a devoted couple, to each other and family. So sorry for your loss. Love to all
Breanne Kelderhouse
Jun 10, 2019
I was fortunate to be unofficially adopted into the McKinnon family. I called Ed & Nancy Grandpa & Grandma. Grandpa was always quick with a smile & a hug to make you feel like you belonged.
He made me a beautiful child’s rocker that I’ve always cherished & always will.
I’ll forever miss them both & keep my memories of them close to my heart.
James and Patricia Lampman
Jun 10, 2019
we always referred to Ed as Uncle Ed that smokes led the pipe! He will be missed by many. Love always Pattie and Jim!
Sherry cleary
Jun 10, 2019
My uncle Ed was a wonderful man..he was one of my favorite uncles..he was funny and loved my Aunt Nancy so much.they were 2 peas in a pod..Uncle Ed I will miss you..
Fayanne Spitzer
Jun 10, 2019
You will be missed by many. I remember when you and the family stopped in Miami on your way back to Michigan. Returning home and a new career! I always enjoyed my visits with you and Aunt Nancy when we came up to Michigan! Love you
Jun 09, 2019
Rest with the Angels , dearest Uncle Ed. Reunited with Aunt Nancy.
Larry ferguson
Jun 09, 2019
I rember ed with respect and valued .his friendship in the years together at the record eagle sorry for your loss he was a wonderful man my prayers are with his famliy