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Robert E. Snyder, 84

Robert Earl Snyder, age 84, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born June 11, 1927, in Byron, IL, to Charles and Rose Snyder. Robert grew up in the Byron, IL area.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently attending the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.

Robert served in the Army during World War II, and the European Campaign.

He was united in marriage to Gloria Stephens Oct. 8, 1966, in Rockford, IL. They made their home in the Love Park, IL area, before moving to Minnesota in the early 1970s, and settling in Dassel in 1985.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; fishing, and gardening, and he was a fantastic bowler. He was a wonderful caregiver to any family member who found themselves in need.

Robert is survived by his wife, Gloria Snyder of Dassel; children, Audrey (Clark) Green, Regina Jones, all of Rockford, IL, Beverly (Gary) Sorg of Rockton, IL, Debra (Ronald) Messinger of Machesney Park, IL, John (Susan) Snyder of Rockford, IL, Jim (Rena) Snyder of Dassel, Jimmy Don Foster (wife) of St. Louis, MO, Buck (Sharon) Foster of Corning, AR, and Ben (Judy) Stephens of Coon Rapids; 20 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers, Chuck (Joann) Snyder, Kenneth (Connie) Snyder and David (Chris) Snyder; and sisters Mary Wolf, Joyce Carr, and Carol Wyllie, all of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mae (Busch) Snyder; four sons, Donald Snyder, Wayne Stephens, Robert Stephens, and Steve Foster; a granddaughter, Blair Snyder; great-grandsons Javon Stephens, and Elijah Chandler Jr.; his parents; and a sister, Patricia.

The funeral service took place Monday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Keith Carlson officiated, and interment followed at the Dassel Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the funeral service.