Andrew J. Snyder Wednesday, April 13, 1927 - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Andrew Jack Snyder, 89, of Berrien Springs, was born April 13, 1927, at home in Diller, Nebraska, to JR and Cleta Belle Snyder, the second son and fifth child of a family that would grow to include 10 children. Surrounded by family, he passed away on March 8, 2017, at Lakeland Medical Center after a short illness.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. Friends may visit with the family from 3-4 p.m. at the church. A private family burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Your Story Hour in Berrien Springs or to Maranatha Volunteers International. www.allredfuneralhome.com.

Andy served his country in the Army at the end of WWII. On a weekend leave while assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana, he met Julia Thomson on Singing Bands. Andy and Julia were married May 30, 1948. He was a faithful member of Pioneer Memorial Church. Andy and Julia were named Volunteers of the Year at Maranatha Volunteers International, recognizing their countless gifts of time, skill and resources to sharing God’s love around the world. Prior to his retirement, Andy owned and operated his own cement contracting company.

Andy is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Julia; his four children: Denise (Siegfried) Grentz of Douglasville, Georgia; David (Renate) Snyder of Stephenville, Texas; Rebecca (Mark) Becker of Apopka, Florida; and Rachel Kroncke of Douglasville, Georgia; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters; three sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends.

March 11, 2017, 3-4 p.m. Saturday

Pioneer Memorial Church, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

March 11, 2017, 4 p.m. Saturday

Pioneer Memorial Church, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Andy will be remembered by me for his sharing nature. He was willing to share the pond behind his house for fishing expositions with my son and a few friends that would accompany him from time to time over the years as a youth. Andy also allowed me to save $150 off my bill owed him by stripping the forms off my basement walls, pull the forms out of the basement and load his truck with the forms. He had poured my basement walls for me Friday and I was able to strip them on Sunday. It was the hardest $150 I would ever earn in my entire life........here is a direct quote from Andy that I have never forgot..."To be in concrete work, you MUST have a strong back and a weak mind." Andy, you did have a very strong back and your mind was just as strong as your back.....thank you for your friendship over the years.....

Remembering today the many years of happy memories of our families together.  My love, warm thoughts and prayers are with you.

Andy was a great friend to my parents, Joe & Gloria Poledna. He helped my dad build our houses. Andy had a wonderful smile. I remember him riding in his backhoe going someplace to help a friend or to a job. Very respected person. Miss you for now Andy.