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James Thomas Snyder, 72, of New Haven, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Snyder was born in Fort Wayne on April 10, 1940, to the late Boyd and Mildred (Gause) Snyder.
He graduated from Leo High School in 1958. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy for seven years. Jim was employed with American Electric Power for 35 years before retiring March 21, 2001.
He was a past president of the Roanoke Jaycees, Fort Wayne Aviation Association, I&M Federal Credit Union, American Electric Power Employees Club, Northeast Indiana Snowmobile Club, and the Hoagland Snowmobile Club. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 47 in Fort Wayne.
Survivors include his daughter, Katrina M. Snyder of New Haven; son, Darrell T. Snyder of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, Joshua, Ben, Jonah and Jared Snyder; companion and special friend, Rebekah Arbuckle of Shipshewana; and her children, Caden, Abriana, and Alayna.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Samuel Snyder.
Graveside services and military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Bowers Cemetery, the corner of Stellhorn and Maysville Road, Fort Wayne.
Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Brian Arbuckle.
Military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Post 499 Honor Guard and active duty U.S. Navy troops.
Memorials may be made to an education fund that will be established for Jim's grandchildren.
Online condolences to the family or View a Video Tribute of Jim may be made at www.northernindianafuneralcare.com or find us on facebook.com.
Arrangements were made by Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne.