John K. Snyder

Vestaburg – John K. Snyder, age 63, of Vestaburg, MI, went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2016 at Woodland Hospice in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He was born November 27, 1953, the son of Royal Allen and Ophia Elizabeth (Sevits) Snyder.

He was raised in La Plata, Puerto Rico. He attended Goshen College for two years and was employed as a Social Worker for the State of Michigan for over 30 years until his retirement in 2012. On January 10, 1977, John married Doris Florinda Antunez in San Estaban Olancho, Honduras.

Jonny enjoyed partnering with Doris in the Greenhouse for 35 years. He loved music. He loved his kids, and grandkids, and spending time with them. In his later years, he served as a missionary through Community Bible Study International to Honduras and Central America.

 John was a member of the Crystal Lake Church of the Brethren where he led worship and was avidly involved.

 John will be deeply missed by his wife Doris Snyder of Vestaburg; mother Ophia Snyder; his children Cherri Bornman of Vestaburg, Ryan Snyder of Harrisburg, PA, and Gina Spiekerman of Vestaburg; grandchildren Abigail, Rebecca, and Jaelle Bornman of Vestaburg, Ryan and Sierra Snyder of Harrisburg, PA, Kenidee and Seth Spiekerman of Vestaburg; siblings Victor Snyder of Puerto Rico, Betsy, Danny, and Diane Snyder of Vestaburg; many friends and church family.

John was preceded in death by his father Royal Snyder, and his son John Roy Snyder.

 A candlelit celebration of John’s life will take place on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Ferris Church of Christ in Vestaburg, MI, with Pastor Jason Engle officiating. Dinner and visitation will take place before the service, starting at 5:00 pm, all at the church. 



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  • Terry king (Monday, December 19 16 02:17 am EST)

    Love.this man. What a great and gentle person. He showed me endless kindness. Such an outstanding Christian who I respected and enjoyed many moments with. I will miss him but I also think of his smile in heaven. God is good. I can not make it to the funeral but I hope the family understands how highly I thought of John. Amazing man.

  • Cheryl and Fred Engle (Monday, December 19 16 06:28 am EST)

    There are not words enough to share how much my husband Fred and I loved this dear man. His valiant journey with ALS is a testimony of faith that will long be remembered. And his service to the Lord was gracious, giving, and selfless. His love of family was also a beautiful witness to a heart of joy in the Lord. We will miss him immensely but treasure the memories of our friendship. The peace is in the knowledge that we will see each other again in glory.

  • Ed & Phyllis (Switzer) Lehman (Monday, December 19 16 07:18 am EST)

    Prayers for comfort in your time of loss.

  • Tom & Sara Scholer (Monday, December 19 16 11:56 am EST)

    We are so sorry for your loss. John was a great and thoughtful man. We enjoyed talking to him whenever we saw him. He was an awesome family and Godly man. He will be missed. Thoughts, Prayers, and Hugs to your family during this difficult time.

  • Bobbie Kipfer (Tuesday, December 20 16 05:50 pm EST)

    I love Johnny and Doris with all my heart. May god bless all of you

  • Denise kukin (Wednesday, December 21 16 10:38 am EST)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • DIana Hudecz Myers (Wednesday, December 21 16 03:21 pm EST)

    I worked with John in Saginaw County and Gratiot County. He was a nice man and had a kind spirit. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Lida & Mario Biondolillo (Friday, December 23 16 11:33 am EST)

    John Snyder was a good man, good husband and a good father. He had a kind spirit. Few times we saw John when he came to Chicago , it was a pleasure to talk to him! Now that John has passed away he will be missed and may rest in peace. Our condolences from Biondolillo Family to his wife Doris and Children.

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