Lawrence 'Bud' Snyder
Longtime Nikiski resident Lawrence “Bud” Snyder died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at his home in Nikiski. He was 79.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 18, at the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski, 51175 Island Lake Road in Nikiski. Pastor Harold Lewis will officiate. Mr. Snyder’s ashes will be spread on the Swanson River in Nikiski and laid to rest in Tillamook, Ore., with his family at a later date. Honorary Pallbearers will include, Mark Johansen, Craig Johansen, Jeff Shaw, Dale Bakk, Ron Carmon, Phil Smith and George Delano.
The VFW Post No. 10046 and American Legion Post No. 20 will perform military honors.
Mr. Snyder was born June 19, 1927 to Lawrence and Mary (Cole) Snyder in Coos County, Ore. He entered into the U.S. Army and served for six years in Korea before he was honorably discharged. Mr. Snyder volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol in Tillamook before he moved to Nikiski in 1967.
He worked as the superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance department until he retired in 1987. Mr. Snyder was a member of the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski.
“Husband, father, teacher, friend; Bud was loved by all that knew him and will be greatly missed. He loved animals, hunting, fishing, boating and camping. He enjoyed visiting with friends, especially if they talked about hunting and fishing. He enjoyed ‘having an outing’ and was happiest outdoors with family and friends. Bud had a big heart and was more than willing to give of himself, whether it be a helping hand or just some friendly advice, he enjoyed helping others. He leaves us taking a big part of our hearts with him,” the family wrote.
Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Lawrence Snyder; stepfather, Walter Woolfolk; sister, Lela; and brother, Jim Snyder.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Snyder of Nikiski; son and daughter in-law, Jim and Deborah Snyder of Delta Junction; daughter and son-in-law, Marilee and Mark Johansen of Nikiski; granddaughters, Christy Johansen of Seattle and Chrischal Alfonsi of Delta Junction; grandson, Craig Johansen of Seattle; great-granddaughter, Sirsha McPeek of Delta Junction; brother, Walter Woolfolk Jr. of California; sister; Charlene Reynolds of Tilamook; and numerous nieces nephews, aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Choice Home Health and Hospice, 159 E. Redoubt Ave. Soldotna, AK 99669; the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 204 Anchorage, AK 99503; or the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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