James M. “Jack” Snider, 91, of Columbus, passed away in his sleep at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Four Seasons Retirement Center, where he had resided for the past year-and-a-half.
Born in Rockville, Indiana on Nov. 22, 1925, Jack was the son of Charles and Ethel Martin Snider. He married Beverly Ann Smith on Sept. 4, 1949. She preceded him in death Sept. 18, 2006, after 57 years of marriage.
Jack was one of three brothers. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII, training in aviation radio and radar operation with the U. S. Naval Air Force. He was a graduate of the honors program of Rockville High School, a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor of science degree and he did graduate study at Indiana University.
He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, a past member of the Bartholomew County Historical Society a past tour guide for the Columbus Visitors Center.
Jack was a past president and director for the American Cancer Society and the Golden K Kiwanis Club. He volunteered for the Aviation Museum, the Architecture Symposium and Meals on Wheels. Jack was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.
Jack worked for Reliance Electric for 25 years as a production control manager, retiring in ’87. He and his wife enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States and other countries with Ambassadair and spent over 18 winters in Naples, Florida. Jack was meticulous in all he did, striving for perfection in all aspects of his life, especially in his marriage and family, his faith and his work. He had a full life with his wife, Bev, their four children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jack and Bev’s home, hearts and arms were always open. He loved all of us dearly, as we did in return. His strong and loving character as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was a light to live by.
Jack is survived by his children, Jami Snider Fischer, Terri (Dillon) Bord and Jay (Pennie) Snider; son-in-law, Mike Miske; grandchildren, Lindsey (Jake) Fitzsimmons, Jason (Emily) Bord, Hayley (Gary Smith) Fischer, Jenny (Todd) Clemens, Clayton and Cole Snider and Sarah (Dewayne Mullins) Miske; great-grandchildren, Cale, Ellie, Jack and Maggie Fitzsimmons, Cami and Carter Clemens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his daughter, Holli Miske; and his son-in-law, John Fischer.
There will be a private Celebration of Jack’s life at a later date. In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation is planned with private inurnment in Garland Brook Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials for Jack may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to Jack’s family at www.myers-reed.com.
Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street is entrusted with the arrangements.