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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Howard Lee Snyder, age 88, resident of rural Fort Scott, Kan., died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Mercy Hospital.

He was born Nov. 22, 1923, in Harding, Kan., the son of Emeral Brant Snyder and Nondus Emma Townsend Snyder. Howard married Lucile Edna Augur on June 23, 1943, at Nevada, Mo.

He was retired as an aircraft mechanic for TWA in Kansas City and a member of the I.A.M. Local Union No. 1650. Howard also worked on his own farm. The couple lived in Kansas City from 1966 to 1990. They moved to Nevada, Mo., and then to Fort Scott in 2002.

He was a member of the Community Christian Church. He also was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge No. 8, the Scottish Rite and Ararat Shrine, both in Kansas City, and the Olive Chapter No. 13 Order Eastern Shrine of Fort Scott. The Snyders loved to travel and camp. They were members of the Old Forters, the FCRV, KCA and Good Sam's Club.

Survivors include his wife Lucile, of the home; two sons, Floyd Lee Snyder and wife Jeanette, Richland, Washington and Eldred Lynn Snyder, Nevada, Mo.; one daughter, Delphine Letha Parks and husband Ron, Fort Scott. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his parents.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct graveside services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mapleton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel with Masonic services conducted at 7 p.m. during visitation. Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.