Ray Snyder, age 94, of Hawesville went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital with his family by side. Ray was born on September 8, 1926 in Chamber to the late Walter E. Snyder Sr. and Luella Brown Snyder. Ray graduated from Beechmont High School in 1944, and married his high school sweetheart Gwendyn Jett in 1946. He co-owned Mayfield and Snyder IGA and Snyder's Market for 35 years before "retiring" and starting on a "one year" contract at Bill's on the Hill IGA at age 56. After almost 24 years of his 1 year contract, he retired again after being diagnosed with cancer at age 79 and given six months to live in 2007.
Ray was a lifelong member of Hawesville Baptist Church. He taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School Superintendent and trustee, always active in the choir, and helped with vacation bible school. He also sang in various gospel quartets all of his adult life, mainly The Witnesses for approximately 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter E. Snyder Sr. and Luella Brown Snyder, sister, Nina (Charles)Schafer, brothers, Stanley (Miriam), Bob (Florence), and Walter E. Snyder Jr. (June). He is survived by his three children Gay Snyder (Steve)Claypool, Kevin (Jill) Snyder, and Kim (Rob) Kruse. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Brandon (Fender), Jillian, Korbin, and Laikyn Kruse, Dana (Jarrod) Ramsey, Lisa (Mike) McFarling, Travis (Ashley) Claypool, and Savannah and Kyle Snyder, and his sweet sister-in-law, Gertrude Snyder (wife of June), and numerous nieces and nephews.
In compliance with health and public safety directives, capacity for visitation and funeral service will be limited in accordance with state guidelines. Due to the Governor’s mandate, masks or facial coverings are required during all services.
Services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Hawesville Baptist Church with burial following in Serenity Hills. Ray’s family will be greeting friends on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 4 pm until 8 pm at Hawesville Baptist Church and 10 am until service time Thursday at the Church. The family requests that all donations be made to the Hawesville Baptist Church busing fund. Share your memories and condolences with Ray’s family at www.gibsonandsonfh.com
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