Ronald L. Snyder - Austin
Ronald Lynn Snyder, 57, of Austin, died Saturday morning, Aug. 6, 2011, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie.
He was born Oct. 2, 1953, the son of Ronald and Arlis (Haskin) Snyder, in Austin. He attended school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1972. After graduation, Ron worked as a machinist at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1979 he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Ron was paralyzed from the waist down from a spinal cord injury.
In 1986 Ron moved to Jordan and helped operate and was part-owner of the Northern Belle Truck Stop in Belle Plaine for three years. In 1993 he married Janet Berglind; they were married for about seven years and then divorced. He attended school for computer-aided drafting and worked for the engineering firm Dunham and Associates. He also started Snyder Services, which assisted with the design drafting for bridges as well as contracting with HGA.
He enjoyed working at the computer from the time they first became popular. He never let his injury stop him from trying new things; he enjoyed trap and targeting shooting, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Ron was a member of First United Methodist Church of Austin. He entered Prairie Manor Nursing Home on July 19, 2011.
Ron is survived by five sisters, Judy (Kenneth) Adams of Rochester, Cheryl (Bill) Adams, Janet (Brian) Johnson, Susan (Ed) Wells and Connie (Mike) Hines, all of Austin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Vesta Haskin, and Fred A. and Myrtle Snyder; and parents, Ronald and Arlis Snyder.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Austin, with Reverend David Aaker and Reverend Marilee Benson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com .