James E. (Red) Snyder, 96, of Elkhart, IN, passed away on December 27, 2022. He was born on July 7, 1926, to Clinton and Lottie Mae (Hawk) Snyder in Albion, IN.
Returning home from WWII combat, he married Beverly I. Alwine on June 29, 1946. Upon graduation from Tristate University, Jim, Bev, and family relocated to Elkhart. During his career with Conn Band Instruments and Organ, Jim was transferred to Madison, IN, and Greenville, SC. He retired early from Conn to move back to Elkhart to be near family.
Jim enjoyed outdoor activities including camping and boating with family, golfing and, especially, fishing. Jim spent many retirement hours making custom made fishing rods for family, friends and other fishing enthusiasts. He was also a fixture at Sportsman’s, sharing his fishing knowledge and advise with many.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Dan) Hebel of Elkhart, Sandy (Lisa Free) Snyder of Ocala, FL, and son, Randy (Ruth Ann) Snyder, 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; His wife, Bev, in 2015; And his brothers and sister, LeRoy, Harold, Evelyn Ann and Claude.
A celebration of life will be held from 10am until 12pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Harper Funeral Homes, Albion Chapel, 771 Trail Ridge Road, Albion. Military graveside honors will follow the celebration of Jim’s life at 12:30pm at Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in celebration of Jim’s life may be directed to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
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