Wayne J. Snyder

Wayne J. Snyder

April 26, 1929 – Jan. 5, 2018

A funeral mass for Wayne Snyder, 88, of Coos Bay, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sat., Jan. 13 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 357 S. 6th street in Coos Bay, with Father Robert Wolf, officiating. A reception for family and friends will follow in the parish hall with interment to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, 63060 Millington Frontage Road in Coos Bay. A public visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, January 12 at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave. in Coos Bay.

Wayne was born April 26, 1929 in Anselmo, Neb. to Edward John and Frances (Powers) Snyder. He passed away peacefully at his home, from age-related causes, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, surrounded by family.

Wayne attended schools in Anselmo and Broken Bow. He served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1950; then joined his family in Oregon, where he met and married Vivian Kennedy in October of 1951. They shared and enjoyed 66 years of life together. In 1956, the couple welcomed and made a home for two foster boys (twin brothers) who became their “sons” to love and care for and then came four “grandchildren” and nine “great-grandchildren” to love also. Wayne was employed at Menasha Plywood Mill until it closed, then he spent his remaining working years doing janitorial work and as a casual longshoreman.

Wayne was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Charleston Fire Department, proudly serving as a volunteer for many years and made many life-long friends. He really enjoyed the times he got to be the department’s Santa Claus at Christmas time.

Wayne enjoyed the years he bowled, family vacations and trips to Reno; playing cards, watching old westerns on TV and those chicken fried steaks at the restaurant. Most of all, he loved the times he got to spend playing games with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, Mark Ward (Sharon); two granddaughters, Angela (Shannon), and Wendy (Tony); two grandsons, Jason (Katy) and David (Selena); nine great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Don Smith of Eugene, Dale Kennedy (Linda) of Crescent City, Calif.; sister-in-law, Donna Ward of Independence; as well as a large extended family of nieces and nephews. He always enjoyed the times he got to have with them through the years.

Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Max Ward; parents; one brother; four sisters; a great-granddaughter; five nephews and two nieces.

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Wayne will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wayne’s name to any V.A. organization of choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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