Charles K. Snyder, U.S. Air Force veteran and retired Civil Service employee, passed away Jan. 19 of COPD.
Cremation has taken place and at his request no services will be held. A graveside service for the immediate family will be held at a later date. Pondera Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.misermortuaries.com .
Charlie was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Pottsville, Pa. He and his family lived in Tamaqua, Pa. In 1942, when his father passed away, he and his sister and mother moved to Newton Falls, Ohio. Charlie graduated from Newton Falls High School in May of 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1946. He was stationed in Hawaii, Enewetak Atoll, where he witnessed three detonations of three atomic devices. He was also assigned to Johnston Island, Hill AFB, Utah and East Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1952, Charlie met and married Dora Gonzales. They raised a daughter and two sons. They divorced in July of 1975.
In December of 1952, he was assigned to South Korea and later sent to Tachibaka, Japan. He returned to the States in 1954 and was assigned to NAS Olathe, Kan. He was discharged in September of 1954. He entered USAF Civil Service in 1956 at Kelly AFB, Texas. In 1975, Charlie accepted a position with the AFPRO Boeing, in Seattle, Wash., with detached service with the SATAF on the Minuteman Missile Upgrade Program. During the program he was in charge of all GSA vehicles and arranged airlift in and out of all missiles. He was assigned to Minot AFB, N.D., Malmstrom AFB and in Whitman, Mo., while involved with this program. On July 2, 1976, while at Malmstrom AFB, Charlie met and married Gladys (Babe) Campbell in Great Falls.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Gladys (Babe) Snyder; daughter Roxanne Snyder, and son Bobby Snyder both of San Antonio, Texas; son Gerald Wayne (Linda) Snyder of South Lake, Texas; stepdaughter Jackie (Ray) Pryor of Lewistown; step-son Tom Campbell of Red Lodge; step-son Don (Laurie) Campbell and step-son Bill (Kelli) Campbell, both of Brady; step-son Ron (Margaret) Campbell of Conrad; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, step-father, mother and sister.
“Chuck”, “Charlie”, “Dad”, “Grandpa” will be greatly missed. He had a wonderful smile and laugh, loved his family, took such good care of his wife, Gladys, the past 37 years, was quick to make friends and give many of them fun nicknames, solved most of the daily crossword puzzles completely, and enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys even when they lost or when he had to yell at the TV to encourage them on.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the VFW Post 7655 in Conrad or to the Pondera Medical Center Wellness Center.