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Mr. Gene Robert Snyder, age 76, of Grattan, passed away Thursday evening, March 30, 2006 at the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids. The son of Leonard & Clara Bell (Lincoln) Snyder, he was born on Jan. 5, 1930 at home in Oakfield Township. On July 14, 1951, in Greenville, he married the former BettyLou Briggs. Gene retired from State Conveyor Inc. in Grand Rapids where he worked as a millwright and installer. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. He also liked traveling, playing cards, and reading.

Surviving are his wife of almost 55 years, BettyLou Snyder; their children, Melody & Jerry Powell of Grattan, Timothy & Brenda Snyder of North Dakota, Brook & V. Carl Hansen of Greenville, Robin Morrison of Grattan, Heidi & Randy Pettiet of Texas, Thomas & Judi Snyder of Greenville, and Theodore & Mary Snyder of Belding; his grandchildren, Aaron, Aavram, Aabett, Samantha, Debbie, Kim, Patty, Andrea, Amy, Jeanne, V. Carl III, Edward, Hannah, Joshua, Shane, Stephanie, Jared, Jason, Daniel, Lee, Betsy, Steve, Kayleen, Koralynn, Teddy, Isaac, Miranda, and Xylahbrook; thirty-five great grandchildren; two sisters, Allene Wheelock and Leona Neitzel; and a brother, J.C. & Dorothy Snyder, all of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Dave Perry, pastor of the Greenville First Church of God officiating. Honoring Genes wishes, cremation will follow services. Visitation is Monday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions to the American Heart Association will be available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Genes online guest book, or for more information, please visit: www.christiansen-fh.com .


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