George A. Snyder

December 23, 1946 - May 3, 2020

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George A. Snyder, Sr., age 73, of Willard, Ohio, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on December 23, 1946 to the late H. Lois Koontz and Lorene Snyder.

George was a 1966 graduate of Willard High School where he earned 4 varsity letters in football. He retired in 2006 from CSX Railroad after 41 years of service.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, mushroom hunting, flea markets, traveling, casinos and his afternoon coffee at Dudleys with the gang. What George loved most was spending time at Lake Erie camping and fishing for over 35 years, and winters in Texas playing poker every night with his poker buddies. He never met a stranger and would go out of his way to help someone. He had a heart of gold. He was a member of the Elks #1370 and Moose #2153.

He is survived by his wife, Joellyn (McDowell) Snyder whom he married on November 5, 1977; a son, George (Kim) Snyder, Jr.; daughters, Patricia Snyder and Pamela (Snyder) Cook; brother-in-laws, Greg (Donna) McDowell and Rick (Sharon) McDowell; 4 granddaughters; 2 great granddaughters; several nieces and nephews and his buddy Jasper.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his in-laws, Russell and Margaret (Conkle) McDowell; step-father, Kenneth Koontz; son-in-law, David Cook and 2 grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society. Online memorials may be made to his family by visiting


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Bill Jump - May 16, 2020
I send my sympathies to George's family and friends. He was a great friend and courageously stalwart teammate on the WHS football team. I will always remember his positive attitude and outstanding spirit.
Kathleen Miller - May 11, 2020
I am sorry to hear of George's passing away. Lenn loved to talk RR and fishing with him.
Bill and Lee Ritchie - May 9, 2020
So sad to read about George’s passing a great guy who was liked and loved by so many people I enjoyed playing cards and being around George RIP
Mick O'Brien - May 8, 2020
Jo, Sorry to hear about George. I remember him growing up on the East Side. He was a good man and will be missed.
Jim & Linda Pennybaker - May 8, 2020
Jo so sorry to hear about George. He was a good person and had a lot of fun at the lake playing cards and telling stories. He will be missed. Prayers to you and the family.
Melissa Eichenlaub Smith - May 7, 2020
Sorry to hear of this great loss. God Bless you and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dan Bettac - May 7, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Loved chatting with George when I ran into him. Still called me by my nickname every time I saw him. Will be missed!
Jeff, Renee and Mom Mahl - May 7, 2020
Joellyn, So very sorry to hear of George's passing. Our condolences to you and your family.
Paul and Jean Hill - May 7, 2020
JoEllen: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Remember all the good times you had with George.
Karen Bedingfield - May 6, 2020
Joellyn and family so sorry for your loss!! Prayers for you all at this difficult time!
Mary and Darwin Weatherbie - May 6, 2020
Was saddened to hear of George's passing have known George since we were kids. He lived up the street from us. He was a great guy who made people smile a lot and had a heart of gold. Prayers for the entire Snyder family.
Pamela Magers Awwiller - May 6, 2020
George and Kim and family, So very sorry for your loss. Dad's are very special. And it seems yours was a great one. God bless, sincere condolences. Pam
David & Dee Hiltbrunner - May 5, 2020
George was a great person. Dave enjoyed working with George on the railroad. Many great memories were shard that won’t be forgotten.
Ed and Brenda Adams - May 5, 2020
So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Alan & Jeannoe Rogers - May 5, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. George was a great man he'll be great5 missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.
Sally Staton and Bobby Hicks Jr - May 5, 2020
Joellyn were very sorry to hear of George's passing.He was a very sweet man , we had alot of good times at the Lake and fishing.He will be missed.sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.❤
Victoria Branham - May 5, 2020
Joellyn, you are in our prayers, that you would know God's comfort. God bless you.
Donna Hutchison - May 5, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of George's passing....our thoughts and prayers are with you all❤
Julie Cox-Bashore - May 5, 2020
Joellyn, Georgie and family, So sorry to hear about George. My heart goes out to all of you today and in the days to follow. George will truly be missed, he was such a loveable person who would do anything to help and always made you laugh. May he RIP
Paula Bores Arnold - May 5, 2020
Joellyn, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Pam Crawford - May 5, 2020
Joellyn, Tom and I send you our deepest sympathy in hearing the news of George passing. We will always have the memories of our times at Cozy Corners. We will miss him. You and your family are in our prayers.
Denise Henry Schaub - May 5, 2020
Joellyn I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Hugs and prayers
Anna Younger Majoras - May 5, 2020
Jo and family. I am so sorry to hear of George’s passing. I have many memories from when I was young of him when I would be with dad and he was around. He always made me laugh and I thought he was wonderful. May God give you strength, comfort and peace now. My deepest condolences.
Donnie Buss - May 5, 2020
My deepest sympathy to George's Family. So many fond memories of George! He always was a pleasure to be around and will be missed. R.I.P. George.
Charla Dent - May 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of George's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Last I saw George was at Pean's, that brought back some memories. He will be missed.
Jim, Sandy, Luke and Ben Blum - May 5, 2020
Sorry for your loss. He taught me the saying, "You lose" when pre paying at a good restaurant in the City. I still use that saying if I have a good appetite that day. Lol. Good times and a great Conductor.
Bev Ganni - May 5, 2020
Jo and family, My heartfelt condolences. I will miss seeing George at Dudley’s when I make it home. He was always so full if laughter. My heart goes out to all of you and you are in my prayers?? Love n hugs Bev
Norm and Jen Schumaker - May 5, 2020
Jo and family, So sorry for your loss. George was a great guy and always willing to help everyone. We always walked away after visiting with him with a smile on our face and happy in our hearts. We will miss him so much. Hugs to you all.
Keith and Linda Shook - May 5, 2020
So sorry to hear about George..great guy and willing to help everyone. We are remembering all the good times at the lake. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Stewart Zerkle - May 5, 2020
Condolences. Always enjoyed being around George. He taught me a lot on the railroad.
Barry and Rhonda Jester - May 5, 2020
Sorry to hear of George ‘s passing. He was such a likeable person and he often made you laugh! Prayers for the whole family.
Ron Moore - May 4, 2020
Condolences to the entire Snyder family and all the WHS team mates who enjoyed working with him. Glad he chose to play at Willard. I last saw George at Parris Island, SC in the fall of 1969 and think of him often. Semper FI good friend! Proud of you. RIP.
Sheri and Ron Norwood - May 4, 2020
Jo, we are so saddened to hear about George. I will miss my Texas citrus picking buddy.
Linda and Mike Veletean - May 4, 2020
Joellyn and family I was so surprised to learn of George’s passing. Please know you are in our prayers and will always have our deepest sympathy. He was a great guy and classmate.
Garry Barnett - May 4, 2020
So sorry...was a great friend and fellow employee for many years....RIP my friend
David Dalton SR - May 4, 2020
JO, sorry to hear of the passing of George, never knew he had any health issues. He was a good friend and fellow employ.
Shawn martim - May 4, 2020
To the Snyder family sorry for your loss. George was a great guy and a good friend to me on the railroad. Taught me the job and all the good places to eat. RIP my friend.
Bill and Dana Overmyer - May 4, 2020
George will be deeply missed here in the neighborhood. Always nice to everyone he met.
Judy and Bill hershiser - May 4, 2020
Jo, so very sorry for your loss, George will be greatly missed, really enjoyed coffee time with you guys, it wont be the same now, know that we are praying for you all