Kenneth Lee Snyder, son of Fred Eugene and Clina Lorene (Yohn) Snyder,
was born on June 23, 1930 in Alva, Oklahoma. He passed away at the Veteran's
Center in Claremore, Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 5
th, 2015 at the age of 84 years, 11 months, and 12 days.
Kenneth lived with his parents and helped raise chickens and milk cows
on his grandfather's farm which was one mile west of Hopeton, Oklahoma.
Ken was raised during his younger years while Oklahoma was experiencing
the famous drought coined the “Dust Bowl” or “Dirty
Thirties”. This was during the great depression and the region was
drought-stricken until it ended in 1937 when Kenneth was only 7 years
old. Following that time, the family then sowed wheat and realized successful
harvests, enough for the family to become debt-free.
On April 19, 1939, while the family was sleeping, a tornado swept through
the northwestern part of Hopeton, destroying everything in its path. The
tornado blew the family home everywhere, including the children. Fortunately,
everyone escaped serious injury however Kenneth told stories of his parents
finding him lying in a field and they had to pick wheat and other small
pieces of debris out of his back with tweezers. Due to their home being
gone, his parents rented another farm and Kenneth helped on the farm with
his brother's Eugene Fred and Cecile L.
Upon leaving high school, Kenneth joined the Army National Guard of Oklahoma
on September 23, 1947 and was ordered into active military service, 45
th Signal Core, on September 01, 1950 and served until he was honorably discharge
on September 7, 1951. His service took him to Japan during the Korean
War. He also served in the Air National Guard and received an honorable
discharge on January 21, 1959 and United States Air Force and received
an honorable discharge on October 11, 1959.
Kenneth loved his plants, guns, cooking, raising a few heads of calves
each year and
enjoyed living at home until his health failed in the last few months.
Kenneth married three times during his life and had five children. Initially
Ann and had 3 children, Alan Rey, Kathleen McMinnville, and Brett. Again
to Geneva Rasolene Alexander and had 2 children, Geneva Leanna Baxter
and Kimberly Sue Sheridan. Lastly to Louise E. Clinkenbeard and there
were no children born.
Kenneth was preceded in death by one son, Brett Snyder; one sister, Betty
L. Williams and his parents, Fred Eugene and Clina Lorene (Yohn).
Kenneth is survived by his brothers Eugene F and his wife Ann of Tulsa,
Cecel L. of Bartlesville; 4 children, Alan Rey, Kathleen (Snyler) McMinnville,
Brett, Geneva Leanna (Snyder) Baxter, Kimberly Sue (Snyder) Sheridan and
Graveside memorial services will be Friday, May 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at
the Alva Municipal Cemetery, 1698 Flynn, Alva, Oklahoma 73717 with Reverend
Ron Pingelton officiating.