Obituary: Jack Snyder

Obituary: Jack SnyderLongtime resident of Ridgecrest and Havala, Calif., Jack Snyder passed away March 1, 2014, at the age of 87 years.

Internment will be at the National Cemetery at Arvin on March 21 at 12:45 p.m.

A Celebration of Life is planned for March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Snyders’ home.

Jack was born in Idaho in March 1926 to Roscoe and Mary Snyder and attended high school in Washington.

In August 1943 he joined the Navy and became a radioman, serving with the 89th Bombing Squadron aboard USS Antietam (CV 36). Jack became second seat aboard a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver carrier-borne dive bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. He served in the Pacific Theater.

Discharged in May 1946, Jack moved to NOTS China Lake where he worked as a carpenter in the Public Works Department. Jack joined the Reserves Construction Battalion (Seabees) in 1961. He retired from federal service in 1962.

Jack was always an avid fisherman and loved to square dance. After retirement he and Ada moved to the Lake Isabella area.

Jack is survived by his wife Ada, of 56 years, son Robert Snyder and wife Kathi of Santa Maria, daughter Mary (Snyder) Moore and husband Michael of Ridgecrest, stepson Ralph Bucher and wife Jill of Eureka and stepson John Bucher of Eugene, Ore. Jack also leaves behind several grandchildren.

Submitted by the family of Jack Snyder

Story First Published: 2014-03-12