James (Jim) Fredrick Snyder

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, December 25, 1945
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, November 14, 2020

James (Jim) Fredrick Snyder, age 74, passed away on November 14, 2020 of Alzheimer’s Disease, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 25, 1945 to parents Mary Jane Woodward and Robert Fredrick Snyder (both deceased). Throughout his life, he remained the family’s favorite Christmas present. Jim was raised north of Wooster with his two brothers, Richard (Rick) (deceased) and Terry, along with their spouses, Diana and Judy. He is also survived by caring brothers-in-law Paul (Norma Jean) Pinnicks and Roger (Sandy) Pinnicks, and numerous nieces, nephews and many loving cousins.

Jim married his high school sweetheart Dorothy (Dottie) Cay Pinnicks in 1965 (she survives). They enjoyed 55 years of undeniable commitment and love to one another. The two are proud parents of Deborah Snyder Welch (married to James) of Westport, CT and Douglas James Snyder (married to Beth) of Seville, OH who share wonderful memories with their dad from showing steers at the county fair to water skiing at Lake Buckhorn when they were young. Most of all, they are deeply appreciative for the amazing life that he worked so hard to provide for them.

He leaves behind the joys of his life: granddaughter Nicole Woodward Welch, age 21 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and grandson Luke James Welch, age 19 at Boston College. “Papa,” as the two called him, touched their lives in so many ways. Regardless of the distance, they always managed to be together for holidays and special occasions. He modeled for them a strong Midwestern work ethic, a devotion to family and friends, and conviction to treat all people with fairness and respect-something they will never forget. But most importantly, they felt Papa’s unconditional love.

Jim’s hard work and ambition drove him to start and grow Snyder Excavating in Wooster, where he claimed all of his employees as family. His legacy of loyalty and helpful demeanor gained him much success.

After 32 years, Jim retired and spent time traveling cross-country and globally with Dottie and his family. The highlight of his retirement was the purchase of a 107 acre gentleman’s farm, which he manicured from a jungle of downed trees into a park-like setting. The purchase brought Jim full circle from his childhood farm days and certainly became his “Happy Place.”

The family will be forever grateful to the staff at Brookdale Memory Care Center and their Hospice team for taking such good care of Jim in his final stages.

Cremation has taken place. Out of caution, there will be no calling hours or funeral service, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends. It is hoped that all who knew Jim remember his infectious smile!

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Jim’s life with memorial gifts to The Wayne County Community Foundation (517 N Market St, Wooster, OH 44691) or Central Christian Church (407 N Market St., Wooster, OH 44691).

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home (216 E. Larwill St, Wooster) is honored with serving the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Jim’s life with memorial gifts to The Wayne County Community Foundation (517 N Market St, Wooster, OH 44691) or Central Christian Church (407 N Market St., Wooster, OH 44691).


A celebration of life will be held at a later date


Sending you all Heartfelt Sympathy! May your memories comfort you!
John & Janr

Sympathies to the Snyder Family! Jim was a wonderful man that was a friend to many. I will miss his smile and kind heart!

So sorry for such a large loss in your family and our community. Much love from the Broehl family

Dottie, Debbie and Doug,
From High School to adulthood, I’ve known Jim . He was a bright spot on a rainy day. His smile was one never to be forgotten. I was so saddened to hear of his passing.
May your love and fond memories bring you peace in the days ahead.

Dottie so sorry

To the Snyder family. Please accept my sincere condolences and take care. Our Wooster community will miss Jim.

My deepest condolences to Dottie and the rest of the Snyder family. I will forever cherish the many days we spent together at the harness races, particularly Wayne county and Delaware county fairs. God bless.

I was saddened to learn of Jim's passing. His friendly smile and kindness touched all who knew him. Sending comfort to Dottie, Debbie, Doug, and their families.

Dottie and family. So sorry for such a loss. I’ll always remember Jim and his million dollar smile. All of our love, Mandy and Chris

Jack and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Jim. He was truly the love of your life and we know that your wonderful memories of him will bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Jim always had a twinkle in his eye and a warm kind smile that is always remembered.

Thoughts are with you and your family as always

We are saddened by Jim’s passing. We always enjoyed being at the Club with both of you, with Jim’s smile and he always smelled so good! Prayers to his family.

so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing....remembering your family with thoughts and prayers....The Pasquariello Family,,

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We feel fortunate to have seen him last year at the reunion. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry & Kathy

Prayers and love to your family and especially you.❤️

Our love and prayers to your family and especially you.❤️

Dottie & Family, So sorry for your loss.

Dottie - So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I remember how inseparable you both were in high school. What wonderful memories you both made together. Condolences to you and your extended family

So sorry, Dottie, Deb, Doug. Jim was a wonderful man, business man, and I'm sure an exceptional husband and father. He taught me a lot in the construction business and my career still today is successful because of Jim's inspiration to me. I always admired Jim's golden touch into anything he ensued. Will miss him dearly. Love you all. Charlie

Dottie,so sorry for your loss,from the holiday parties to the Sunday brunches at Jakes,I can still hear Jim's contagious laugh.You're such a special dedicated couple. Draw strength from the wonderful memories you have and know that you'll be together again and he will be totally healed.

May Angels surround you and your family and give you comfort.
My Deepest Sympathiy

Dottie, My thoughts are with you and family. Jim was good to me and admired by all.

Thank you for your service. Condolences to the family. Wooster Wayne Chapter DAR

Our hearts and prayers are with the entire family. So sorry for the loss.

We are so sad to hear about Jim. Everyone he met thought he was such a great person!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dottie and your family .

Dottie, Doug and Deb
My most heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you! May your loving memories give you peace and bring a smile to your face - as the memory of Jim's "boyish" grin and chuckle bring a smile to mine! I was blessed to have gotten to know you all during my years working for Chesterland. May the Lord bless and comfort you!

We were sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and would like to extend our sympathy to the family.

Dottie, Doug and family,

Please accept our condolences for your loss. Jim was a truly wonderful person and boss. I couldn't have asked for a better work family than what I had at Snyder Excavating. The memories will last a lifetime. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

I remember wonderful times when our children where in school and there was football. I remember Jim's smile, just as you said, Dottie. My love to the entire family, and to you, Dottie for the recent hard times. Life may go on, but it will be different. So glad you have children and grand children to remind you of his commitment to family. I will keep you in my heart.

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Dottie. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
John and Janice

Very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, condolences to the Snyder family.another loss of a good man.

Dear Dottie and family,
We are sad to lose Jim, his infectious smile and gentle ways, his love for you Dottie was legendary, his good company and work ethic, his orneriness and that twinkle in his eye when he was up to mischief, all these memories are precious to Dave and I and we are sure you have so many more. Sending love and hugs and prayers for you all.
Linda and Dave

Dear Dottie and Family,
We are so very saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We so enjoyed our many impromptu dinners together with you and Jim. Many have mentioned before and we will again, Jim’s smile was so warm and welcoming. A smile so large it would reach his eyes. It was obvious to us how much he loved you Dottie and how proud he was of Doug and Debbie and his grandchildren.
Sending our most sincere condolences.
Tom and Kelly

Dear Dottie and family
We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I am glad that I got to know you both so many years ago. Those memories of laughter and fun (and watching Jim’s eyes disappear with each laugh!) will make my heart smile for years to come. May your memories bring you comfort and peace and keep a smile forever on your hearts. Blessings and sympathies to you all.

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing.You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.Youbhave our deepest sympathies.

We will always remember Jim’s kind smile and hearing his laugh! Praying The Lord will provide many wonderful memories to make you smile and you carry those beautiful memories with you forever remembering the wonderful and full life you had together. God bless you and keep you and know that he was deeply loved..

We are so sorry to hear about Jim passing. He was a kind and generous man. Sending hugs and prayers for peace and comfort. Mark & Lori

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