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Bob Snyder
Date of Birth : December 18, 1923
Date of Death : May 24, 2019

In Charleston WV, on May 24, 2019, Bobbie Dwayne Snyder, age 95, passed away peacefully while holding his wife’s hand as she sang to him.

Bob Snyder was born in Tyler County to Charles Cecil Snyder and Ada Elizabeth Owens Snyder on December 18, 1923. He graduated from Pennsboro High School in 1942. That same year he married Pauline Lurea Middleton in Harrisville, WV. Pauline passed away in 1991. He later married Violet “Arlene” Taylor (McCullough) in Pearisburg, VA. They shared 28 years together.

Bob served his country in WWII as a Technician Fifth Grade, Company C, 716th Railway Operation Battalion, from December 1943 to April 1946. He specialized as a Railroad Engineer and participated in campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He achieved an Expert 03 Rifle Marksmanship badge, a Good Conduct Medal, a European/African/Middle Eastern Ribbon, an Occupation Ribbon, and a World War II Victory Ribbon. In 2016, he was recognized for his bravery and years of service with an Honor Flight to Washington DC; where he visited and reflected on the nation’s memorials created to honor the sacrifices of America’s veterans like him.

Bob was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason for over 50 years. He was also an active Shriner, where he volunteered in multiple fundraisers, parades, and benefits, and was a member of the Beni Kedem Gold Band.

He lived life to the fullest. He loved fishing and hunting, collecting fast vehicles, laughing and telling jokes, and traveling. He never stopped – he was always on the move. His loved ones will miss his adventurous spirit and his zest for life.

Bob is preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline M. Snyder; and by his son, Charles Thomas (Tom) Snyder.

Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene Taylor Snyder; his daughter, Barbara Ware (the late John R. Ware); daughter-in-law Sally Snyder (the late Tom Snyder); and granddaughter Lauren Snyder Phillips (Justin); as well as 5 step-children: Paula Garner (Terry), Eleanor Blankenship, Marilyn Hayhurst (Steve), Phelps Taylor (Debbie), and Diane Beall (Roscoe); 12 step-grandchildren: Jason Garner (Heidi), Johnny Garner (Kecia), Julie Garner Moser (Steve), Stephanie Hayhurst Hall (Jason), Kara Blankenship Spillman (Johnny), Valerie Taylor Neill (Tim), Katherine Beall, Elizabeth Beall Gregory (Adam), Kristen Blankenship Hopson (Justin), Jordan Taylor (Jessica), Susan Beall DiPetta (Michael), and Mitchell Beall; and 25 step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29th at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25301.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 30 at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, with Steve Walker of Kanawha City Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park, 4705 Pennsylvania Ave, Charleston, WV 25302.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:

Quote: “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ’em, but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ’em.”

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbnsall.com .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Izzy W , Posted on 29 May 2019
, Ohio
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I\'m reaching out with some encouragement as I too have lost many loved ones in death. One thing that has helped me to cope many times is a promise made by in the Bible at Acts 24:15. Here it says that we can have a “hope toward God” for He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” What a comfort to have “a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Titus 1:2) Another comforting Scripture, one of my personal favorites, is Psalms 37:29. It speaks of world conditions under God’s Kingdom rule. It says: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” A most reassuring promise indeed! I hope these verses comfort you as they have comforted me. My heart and prayers go out to you. Below is a link to a very encouraging Scripture-based brochure entitled, When Someone You Love Dies. https://tinyurl.com/y8q5fv93 Deepest Sympathies, Izzy