Don was born in Valentine, Neb., on November 27, 1932, and passed away on August 1, 2020, in Gordon, at Countryside Care Home.
Don had been doing very well following a leg amputation. Unfortunately, on July 15 he had an accident with his wheelchair. He went over backwards and suffered a head injury. He was life-flighted to Scottsbluff for emergency brain surgery and was in a coma until he passed away.
Don grew up on his parent’s farm/ranch in Tuthill, S.D. He went to Peck School for eight years of Elementary. He graduated from Bennett County High School in 1950.
Don joined the Air Force during the Korean War and was an airplane mechanic. Before returning home from the Air Force, he was in an airplane crash in Nev. He spent a year in the hospital in San Francisco, Calif.
While attending classes at Spearfish College, he met his wife, Venita. He was the father of three children; Mike, Randy and Kelley. He later went to Chadron State College and graduated with a teaching degree. They moved to Washington state where he taught school at Index Elementary. After moving back to S.D., he taught at Martin Elementary. Later he operated a small trucking company and traveled across the United States. He went on to run his parent’s farm after his father passed away.
After leaving farming, Don went on to work as an entertainment contractor for several large amusement shows. He finally retired and set up his final residence in Merriman, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Opal Snyder; his son, Mike Snyder and his sister, Margaret Kaufman.
He is survived by his sister, Shirley Brickman; brother, Terry Snyder; daughter, Kelley; son, Randy Snyder; nieces and nephews; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rest in Peace, Don. We will miss you.
Graveside services were held Monday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. at the Merriman Cemetery in Merriman. Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.