Donald Snyder Jr.

FAIRMONT – Funeral services for Donald Snyder Jr., 78, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Burial with full military honors will follow in Riverview Cemetery near Elmore, Minn.

Donald “Donny” passed away suddenly Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. A visitation is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Funeral Home, Fairmont, and will continue one hour prior to the time of services Saturday at the church.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donald Ross Snyder Jr. was born Dec. 24, 1934, near Elmore, Minn., the son of Donald Ross and Clara Junice (Anderson) Snyder. He attended school in Elmore and graduated from Elmore High School. Following his graduation, Donny attended the University of Minnesota to play football before leaving to join the U.S. Army, where he served from 1955 to 1957. Upon earning his honorable discharge, he returned to Minnesota where he married Nancy Neuhalfen and began farming. Nancy and Don had three children:?Bridgit, Carrie and Douglas. Nancy passed away Dec. 6, 1972. In 1978, Don moved from his farm to his home on Hall Lake in Fairmont, where he resided until his death. Donny married Marvel Whitaker on Jan. 16, 1982. The couple was blessed to share over 31 years of marriage together. Don worked for 50 years farming in Martin and Faribault counties, retiring in 2007. Following his retirement, Don and Marvel spent each winter in Naples, Fla., with friends and family. Don loved all people and treasured his time spent with them. He was an easygoing, loving and caring man. Don will be greatly missed by those who loved him and considered him a friend.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Marvel Snyder of Fairmont, Minn.; daughters, Bridgit Thieriot and Carrie Snyder, both of California; son, Douglas Snyder and his wife, Rachel of California; step-sons, Kevin Whitaker and his wife, Anita of Plymouth, Minn., and Keith Whitaker and his wife, Teri of Hutchinson, Kan.; grandchildren, Frankie Thieriot (Mike Stutes), Max Thieriot and his wife Lexi, Aidan Thieriot all of California, Chloe Irons (James Guilford) of Ore., Clara Snyder of Calif., Kirsten and Kara Whitaker of Kan., and Justin Whitaker of Minn.; one brother, Tucker Snyder and his wife, Mariann; two sisters, Patricia Ludlow and her husband, Robert of Naples, Fla. and Susan Hickman of Calif.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Clara Snyder; and his first wife, Nancy Snyder.