Don Snyder


Don C. Snyder, 86, of Defiance, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

He was born in Leipsic, Ohio, on March 8, 1926, the son of the late Joseph and Violet (Osenbaugh) Snyder. On January 10, 1948, Don married Luella Niese, who survives. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific.

Recently retiring in January 2011, Don was the local watchmaker and clock repairman for over 60 years. He was the owner of Snyder's Jewelry starting in Ottawa and then opening one in Defiance in 1970. He always claimed to be the all-time champion in croquet and putt-putt golf.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Luella; daughters, Rebecca (Mark) Saman of Defiance, Pamela Venglarcik of Waterville, Ohio; sons, Don (Deb) Snyder of Defiance, Chuck Snyder of Defiance. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey, in infancy; his parents, four brothers, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Visitation will be at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, today from 6-8 p.m. Services will be at Lawson-Roessner at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, with Rev. Bryan Maxey and Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will follow the ceremony at Riverside Cemetery, where VFW Post 3360 will conduct military graveside services.

Suggested memorials are to the Defiance Senior Center. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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  • Sorry to hear of Don's passing my condolences to family and friends. Chuck Downs,Sr., Salt Springs,Fl.