Harold Phillip Snider, age 93 of El Dorado Springs, MO passed away July 9th, 2021. He was born September 4th, 1927, to Opal Phillip and Nancy Pearl (Linebaugh) Snider at home near Marceline, MO in Chariton County.
Harold was the second of 2 children and only surviving son from birth. He farmed alongside his dad from crushing stalks and making sorghum to raising livestock. He graduated from Marceline High School class of 1945, and it was his yearly tradition in May to attend his reunion all the way to his 70-year milestone.
Harold proudly served in the US Army in WWII from 1946-1947. He served in occupied Japan, MASH unit as a PFC, Surgical Technician. In his short time of service, he received a Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.
In 1955, he met the “Dear” of his life deer hunting in Colorado. He lovingly recalled that moment as the year he brought home a 2 legged “Dear” Ella Mae Riley. They were married shortly after that on June 9th, 1956. Farming a 600-acre dairy farm in Millville MO, they had 2 children, John born August 8th, 1963, and Nancy born April 1st, 1965. They moved to Richmond, MO lived in a large historic home on Main Street and opened a daycare together. They then moved to El Dorado Springs on a 20-acre property in January 1972. Harold was his happiest being self-employed enjoying many passions and interests. The 20 acres had a limestone quarry business on it. Then pursuing his love of Antiques, he opened 2 large shops by his home. Farmer by occupation, but also enjoyed being an Auctioneer, hunting and fishing, collecting Native-American artifacts, primitive tools of any kind and telling stories about their history. His favorite meal to cook was breakfast for dinner and was a master at popping popcorn for everyone he knew. Happily married for 32 years, Ella passed away from cancer in April 1989.
On November 2, 1992, Harold married Jean Guffy and enjoyed a friendship with her only son Michael Walsh. Jean passed away July 2009. He was a loving dedicated husband to both wives and nursed them through their fatal illnesses.
Harold was a kind-hearted father and instilled in his children to have integrity, to work hard, be kind and love God with all your heart.
When asked about what his goal in life was, he replied being a good servant for the Lord. When all was said and done his true love and passion was serving Jesus. He served in the Nazarene Church for close to 60 years and the Methodist Church before that. He volunteered in any capacity there was a need; Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, Song Leader, VBS activities director, Greeter, and Usher. He was known for his kindness, goodness, joy, patience, had a smile for everyone and a story to tell.
Harold is survived by his son John Snider of El Dorado Springs, MO his daughter Nancy and husband Brent Worrell of Harker Heights, TX, his grandchildren Christapher of Oklahoma City, OK, Heather of Siloam Springs, AR and Abbey Friesen of Harker Heights, TX. , his stepson Michael Walsh of Virginia, his sister-in-law Vera Lynn of Braymer, MO and nieces Terry and husband Ernie Burns, Sherry& Jewelie Lynn along with a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother, wife Ella and second wife Jean, brother-in-law Earl Lynn, brother-in-law Wayne Riley and wife Virginia.