James Snyder

  • Born: April 16, 1937
  • Died: February 13, 2014
  • Location: Wichita, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family

Colonel Snyder died in Wichita, KS February 13, 2014.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on April 16, 1937. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1954 and attended Missouri University for one year then transferred to Kansas State University and graduated from there in 1959 and was commissioned into the Air Force at that time. He later received his MBA degree from Kansas University. He married Patricia Jo Schnelle, from Mahaska, Kansas on June 28, 1959. There followed a 30 year career in the Air Force. He was a master navigator with over 600 hours spent flying in Vietnam. There were assignments with his family in Thailand, Germany and many locations across the Southeast US. There had been 20 moves before retirement in 1989.

He spent many hours after retirement working tirelessly for military organizations. He belonged to AFA, MOAA, MOWW, VVA, VFW, American Legion, DAV and People to People.

He is survived by his spouse, Patricia, sons, Richard (Dawn) Snyder, David (Lora) Snyder and daughter, Deborah (Zachary) Balentine, nine grandchildren and also sisters Jeanne Van Meter and Joyce Snyder. His family will sorely miss him.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S Market St, Wichita, Kansas or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons – Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Pat -

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Jim. I have so many great memories of us shopping for homes in Wichita. Jim would keep us busy laughing for sure! God bless him and all of your family at this time of sorrow. I'll always think of Jim and smile. Hope to see you soon, Pat!

Posted by Carla Bingenheimer - Wichita, KS - Friend   March 12, 2014

Pat, Richard, David, Deborah & Families,

We are so sorry for Jim's passing. Rest assured knowing he is now at peace home in the arms of our Father.

Will much Love,
Rita & Dave, Emily, Morgan & Chad

Posted by Dave & Rita Fulton - Millstadt, IL - Cousin   February 19, 2014

I am grateful for the life of Col. Snyder. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Posted by Bob - Grandview, MO - A grateful stranger   February 19, 2014

A proud salute with Taps echoing for Col Jim Snyder for commitment and selfless service to family, community, and country. A terrific example to us all of a life well lived. Sincere condolences to Ms Pat, Rich and Dawn, and to all of the Snyder family. We were blessed to know him, and call him friend. with deepest sympathy and prayers for the family, Col Kevin and Karen McNellis

Posted by Colonel Kevin and Karen McNellis - prairie village, KS - Mentored by Jim and Ms Pat in KC   February 18, 2014


Pat and family,

We were very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope that your fond memories will sustain you as you grieve his loss. Take care.

With sympathy and hugs,
Tamara and Mike

Posted by Michael and Tamara Sevcik - Leavenworth, KS - Friends / Colleagues   February 18, 2014