Gerald A.W. “Archie” Snyder Sr., 92, of Geneseo passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at his residence. At his request, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no visitation or services. Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald was born December 21, 1920 in Putnam County, MO, the son of Hirim and Nannie (Gadberry) Snyder. He proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. Gerald married Mary Ellen Robinson in Kansas in 1947. He worked at Alcoa as a tool and die maker and farmed in the Cordova and Atkinson area before moving to Harlingen, TX in 1969. In 1992 he returned to Geneseo to be closer to family. Gerald was a very handy man with skills in electricity, metal working, and car repairing, with all of his extended family depending on him at one time or another. He built his first grandson a go-cart that was passed down to other grandsons.
Gerald is survived by his wife: Mary, daughter: Sherry McAvoy of Geneseo; son Mike Snyder of Geneseo; 2 grandsons: Steve and Scott Snyder of Hannibal, MO; and several nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Ben McAvoy, son: Gerald A.W. Snyder, Jr., and son-in-law, Mike McAvoy.