Charles W. (Chuck) Snyder
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Charles W. (Chuck) Snyder, 79, passed away on August 1, 2008. He was born on October 25, 1928 in Dayton, Ohio. His parents were Oliver and Mary Snyder. He spent much of his childhood in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Chuck served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1966. During his 20 years in the Navy, he served as Chief Disbursing officer aboard the USS Skagit, USS Tortuga, and the USS Nereus.
He was stationed in many places all over the world, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Formosa and Balboa Canal Zone. Chuck also served as a recruiter in Oklahoma, and Texas.
He received numerous commendations and awards including 6 Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Chuck married the love of his life, George Anna Hardman on June 20, 1959. In May of 1966, Chuck retired from the Navy and he and his family moved to Midwest City to manage nursing homes in Oklahoma City. He, his wife and mother-in-law, Louise Hawley, owned and operated Godwin and Lora Lane Nursing Homes as well as the Annex Assisted Living in Oklahoma City.
He received a bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1971 from Central State University. In 1980, he and his wife retired.
Chuck loved the SOONERS! It did not matter which sport, if OU was playing, Chuck was watching. Chuck mostly followed OU football. He along with friends rarely missed a home game since 1967. If the game was not a home game, then he was watching the game on television and listening to the radio play by play. Chuck also loved Midwest City.
He was a founder of Mid-Del 100. He attended many city council meetings and would always give his opinion regarding what the city was doing right and or wrong. If something was not good for Midwest City he would let people know that. Chuck would do anything he needed to help the city become a ''better place.'' He worked with the city to help pass many city bond elections. Chuck served on the Midwest City Regional Hospital Authority. He also worked in depth with the Mid-Del School District with regards to many bond elections and worked with the school foundation in giving grants to teachers. Chuck loved working behind the scenes in politics. He was instrumental in helping many aspiring politicians get elected to different political positions. He received many accommodations from the city including the Kiwanis Community Service Award and was a member of the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one son, David Hardman Snyder. He is survived by his son Dennis Snyder of Deer Creek, OK daughter Lora Bender and her husband James Bender of Flower Mound, TX granddaughter Sarah Snyder of Oklahoma City, and granddaughter Makenzie Bender of Flower Mound, TX and niece Susan Spake and family of Munday, TX many friends and other family members.
The family would like to thank the nurses of Midwest Regional Hospital ICU Department which helped to make his last few days on Earth bearable, especially Scott, Joseph, Jackie, and Shannon.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, August 4, 2008 in the Advantage Mid-Del Funeral Home Chapel (formerly Paylor Funeral Home), 412 N. Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City, OK, followed by burial in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK. The family will receive friends from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, August 3, 2008.