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Known as “Snicks” to family and friends, Myron was born in Winner, SD, to Myrtle and Clifton Snyder. He was the baby of the family and had three older siblings. A brother, Donnel, and two older sisters, Vera and Opal. Following Myron’s birth the family moved to Three River Falls, MN, Sioux City, NE, and Hartington, NE, and then finally to Orville, WA, where they purchased five acres of farmland. Myron picked fruit and pruned trees in his orchard. He played the saxophone in his school bad, acted in school plays, and was class president. He graduated high school and moved to Nebraska to work with Opal in their restaurant. He retruned to Orville six months later with Vera.
In 1941 he came to Los Angeles, CA, to attend aircraft training school. He worked as a chauffeur to pay his way through school. When he graduated he worked for Lockheed until he was drafted. He was assigned to a National Guard Unit near the Los Angeles Coliseum. One Saturday he and his friend Carl Graff went to a dance at the Riverside Breakfast Club where they met Gloria Augirre and her sister Olive. Myron fell in love with Gloria, and Carl fell in love with Olive. The two couples dated and eventually marred in 1944 in a double wedding at St. Thresa. After the war, Myron and Gloria moved back to Orville and purchased several farms where they had three children; Ron, Gary, and Robert. Ron’s asthma required them to move to a better climate, so the family relocated to Portland, OR, and finally to Los Angeles, CA there they had four more children; Teresa, Cindy, and Greg. All of whom were born at the house on Ripple Street. The family of eight needed a larger home and moved into the house on Lake View Avenue This was the family’s last move- David was born in this home, and Gloria still lives there to this day.
Myron worked at Carnation Ice Cream and Baskin Robbins before retiring at the age of 62. He enjoyed refinishing furniture, reading books, resting in his hammock, listening to big band music, pruning trees, and working in his garden. He especially loved creating works of art with wood, but his most cherished creations were his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He leave to mourn with his departure his wife Gloria, sister Opal, seven children, thirteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
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