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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m. Friday
  • Funeral:  11 a.m. Saturday

Mr. William Hugh “Bill” Snyder, age 80, of Langston, passed away Wednesday evening, March 11, 2009 at home. The son of George and Letha (Lunger) Snyder, he was born on July 13, 1928 in Howard City.

A veteran of World War II, Bill proudly served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 in Greenville.

On July 28, 1948, in Greenville, he married Alice Jeanette Jane Gibbie. Together they raised five children, while Bill worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company for nearly 42 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Helmes; a brother, Earl Snyder; a great granddaughter, Kayleigh Robeck; and his parents-in-law, Adrian Ed & Sadie Gibbie.

Surviving are his wife of over 60 years, Jane Snyder of Langston; their children, Dawn & Floyd Bristol of Langston, Rocky Snyder of Langston, Wilma Swanger of Belding, Debbie & Pat Draper of Sheridan, and David & Joan Snyder of Ionia; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Evelyn Ferman of Florida, and Katherine Lincoln of Ionia; two sisters-in-law, Doris Bartholomew of Langston, and Betty Miller of Greenville; a brother-in-law, Harold Helmes of Harrison; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 6-8 p.m.

Burial will take place later this spring at Riverside Cemetery, Langston. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bills online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on March 11, 2009 at 12:00 am


    03/15/2009 –

    Mildred G. Petersen

    Sending our sympathy to Jane and the family. Friendships made in Langston will always be in our memories. Ray and Carol (Petersen) Magoon, and mom – Milly.

    03/14/2009 –


    Your in our thoughts,&prayers

    03/12/2009 –

    Debbie Dines

    Wish I could be there to offer my thoughts and memories of Bill.
    He was a joy every time he came into Langston on a Saturday morning while I was working. He was always offering a good joke or some great story. After my own Husband’s passing, he would tell me stories from work that would bring a smile to my face.
    He is at peace now, time it is true will mend the heart, but the memories will always be there and those are what we all need to hang onto.
    Again, wish I could be there, but I will be there in July and will go by and visit him then.

    03/12/2009 –

    Sharon, Jerry and Michelle

    Mary and Family, Your thoughts are in our prayers.

    Leslie Anne Wood

    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Gibson’s. He was a very nice man and was always so friendly and helpful. I am praying that the Lord will give you peace and comfort. Hold on to your memories of Bill. He will always be close by in your heart.

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