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Roger M. Snyder

June 2, 1937 ~ May 6, 2020 (age 82)


Roger M. Snyder, 82, of Van Wert passed away at 4:20 PM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at his residence in the loving arms of his wife Karen, surrounded by family.

He was born June 2, 1937 at Van Wert County Hospital to the late Gerald B. Snyder and M. Alice (Owens) Snyder.

Roger had married the love of his life, Karen S. (Copeland) Snyder on November 2, 1974, she survives in Van Wert. He treasured their 45 1/2 years together, their dog Cuddles, and the time spent with nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife Karen, Roger is survived by a nephew, Mark G. (Jodi) Simpson and family of Hilliard, Ohio; a niece, Pamala J. (William) Riley and family of Van Wert; nephew, David (Cheryl) Taylor and family of Van Wert and nephew, Philip H. (Christine) Taylor and family of Butler, Indiana.

Roger was also preceded in death by his son, Stephen D. Snyder; sister in laws, H. Gladene Simpson and E. Yvonne Taylor; and brother in law, Ralph Taylor.

Roger spent many years as a salesman for Delphos Granite in Van Wert. He had also farmed and worked for New Idea in Coldwater, Ohio, Van Wert National Bank, and was a self-employed insurance salesman.

Roger was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert. He was a past master of Eureka Lodge No. 592 Free and Accepted Masons, a past District Deputy Grand Master 4th Masonic District, and 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was a 1955 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School and graduated from the International Business College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Roger had served as President of the Van Wert County Cancer Society for several years.

Because of national health concerns, Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory and the Snyder family are following directives outlined by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. While family and friends are invited to attend Roger's graveside service at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, Ohio, any one attending the service is asked to maintain social distancing. Please reach out to us by phone (419-238-1112) or via online condolences at and we will share your sympathies with the Snyder family.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Wesley United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or to Community Health Professionals-Hospice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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