Larry E. Snyder, 71, MCHS grad, Vietnam vet, Alcoa retiree, Rockhill Borough Council member

By on August 23, 2017

Larry E. Snyder, 71, of Rockhill Furnace, crossed over to the other side of life on Aug. 9, 2017, at his home, after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma due to Agent Orange exposure.

Born May 12, 1946, in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Wilbur Snyder and Emma (Tyson) Snyder who survives, of Elizabethtown. He was married to his soul mate, the former Sandra “Sandi” Laird, who survives and resides at their home.

His surviving children include: Shane Snyder and wife Rebecca of Brandon, Fla.; Rick Shoop and wife Jody of Chambersburg; Jessica Patrick and husband Christopher of Hollidaysburg, PA; Shei’la Hoffer and husband Christopher of Palmyra; and Travis Snyder of Manheim. One son, Dustin B. Snyder, preceded him in death.

He is also survived by three brothers and one sister: James Snyder and wife Marilyn of Millheim; Gwendolyn Snyder of Lititz; Donald Snyder of Mount Joy; and Steven Snyder and wife Patty of Mount Joy.

He is the grandfather of Jenna (Hershey) and Matt Hoffman; Jonathan and Emily Hershey; Zerek, Vance, Xavier, and Stone Hoffer; Dustin, Darren, and Dexter Snyder. He was known as “Paw-Paw” to his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and all of their friends. Larry was recently was blessed with a great-granddaughter: Callie Grace Hoffman.

Larry was a graduate of Manheim Central High School Class of 1965. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969 and the USMC Reserves from 1969 to 1971. He was a Vietnam Veteran from 1966 to 1967. He retired from Alcoa Aluminum, Lancaster, in 2008.

He was a member of the Rockhill Borough Council. As a member of the Orbisonia-Rockhill Sportsmen Club he enjoyed caring for the fish at the hatchery. Larry was a member of the Orbisonia Lions Club, and always loved helping with the Orbisonia-Rockhill Homecoming each year.

He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter Chapter No. 34, Altoona; Blue Juniata Post No. 5754, Mount Union; and the Vietnam Veterans Association No. 967. He was also a member of Madden-Wennick Post No. 518, American Legion, Rockhill Furnace.

He will always be remembered for his contagious smile and pleasant personality with his witty humor.

A memorial service was held Aug. 20 at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia, with the Rev. Sandra Snyder officiating. Interment will be made privately at the I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery, Rockhill Furnace.

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