Lewis Leroy Snyder


Sept. 17, 1923 – March 18, 2019

TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Lewis Leroy Snyder, 95, will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019, at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bruce McBurney officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. 

Lewis died March 18, 2019, at the West Nebraska Veteran’s Home in Scottsbluff, Neb. Memorials may be given to the VFW Relief Fund. Visitation was Thursday at the funeral home and the casket was open briefly prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.

Lewis was born Sept. 17, 1923, on the family farm six miles west of Decatur, Neb., to Charlie and Mary Alpha (Fuller) Snyder. He attended a country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Decatur High School. He spent his summers working in Goshen County. 

After graduation he joined the Army and served with the 94th General Hospital in England, France and Belgium. He returned to the states in 1945 and was stationed at the Fort Brooks Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He met Alma Grace Barnett there and they were married Feb. 14, 1947. He was discharged April 31, 1947, and they lived in Decatur until April 1950, when they moved to Torrington. 

Lewis worked for Everett Anderson until 1964 when he went to work for Stroud’s Grocery until January 1970. He ran Snyder’s Grocery until 1979 and then worked at the experiment farm for four years.

Lewis was a life member of VFW Post 2918, a 45-year member of the American Legion and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Lewis is survived by his wife Alma Grace Snyder; a daughter Anita Gail; a grandson Patrick (Jackie) Godfrey; granddaughter Tamsen Godfrey; step-granddaughters Deborah (Steve) Pike, Wanda (Rick) Hammond, Bonnie Duncan and Darla Duncan; 10 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Karen Lee Godfrey; a step-daughter Sandra Jean Duncan; a grandson Benny Lee Duncan; four brothers George, Elmer, John and Sam; a sister Caroline; and an infant sister.

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