Charles “Chuck” Snyder, 72

Charles “Chuck” Snyder, 72, passed away at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown on Monday, July 14, 2014, with his loving family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20th at Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the family to be designated at a later date. For condolences or questions please visit; www.mitchellfh.com. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Chuck and his family. Phone 641-844-1234.

Chuck was born on December 14, 1941, in Dallas Center to Edgar and Alice Snyder. Chuck went to high school in Marshalltown, graduating with the class of 1960. After graduation, he worked at the Borden’s Dairy. While working at the Borden’s Dairy, he met the love of his life, Mary Kathleen Hennis. They were united in marriage on December 12, 1964, in Marshalltown. After marrying Mary, he worked for Greyhound Bus Line and the Marshalltown Fire Department.

Chuck and Mary made their home throughout the Midwest, raising their kids in both Iowa and Illinois. Mary worked at home raising 5 kids while Chuck made his living on the road, driving through the 48 lower continental states. Chuck known as grandpa to a big crew – he always had a kind word, infectious laugh, and a big hug for his family.

Chuck loved the road and was often referred to as “Road Map”. He would often get calls from friends and family asking about the “best” route for road trips across the country, acting as the personal GPS for loved ones. Chuck loved his career as a truck driver, driving for many companies over the years, some of which include: Roadway Trucking and Yellow Freight, with his last job being with Juel Trucking. Chuck was always proud of his blemish free track record, earning the Safety Award for Yellow Freight for 18 years in a row and having over 3 million miles accident free.

Chuck had many hobbies including cooking, woodworking, and grilling/ smoking for family and friends. His love of cooking was evident as he shopped around town picking the best places to buy meat, the best way to cook it, and sharing where to find the “best” deals around town. Many mornings you would find Chuck at Cecil’s with the regular morning coffee group solving the problems of the world!

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Mary; children Chris (Bernie) Massey of Melbourne, Tim (Kari) Snyder, Tom (Aimee) Snyder, Kathy (Kirk) Brooks, and Steve Snyder of Marshalltown; grandchildren Natalie (Jacob) Weuve, Nicole (Kraig) Miller, Ashley (Joe) Eilbeck, Malcom Hawk, Chione Brooks, Ben and Sami Snyder, TJ, Spencer, and Carson Snyder; great-grandchildren Ryleigh, Myles, Jackson, Addison, Emma, Alivia, Cole, and Ellie; sister Alvena Schaper of Tennessee; and sister-in-law Janice Snyder. Chuck was a favorite uncle to many nephews and nieces.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Edgar Benton Snyder and Alice Viola Perkins-Snyder, brothers Bill Owen and Bob Snyder, and sister Ruby Harders.