Gary N. Snyder

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:39 pm

Gary N. Snyder, 46, died unexpectedly March 10, 2015, at his home in Waukon.

He was born Jan. 21, 1969, in Independence, the son of Henry L. and Julia A. (Thompson) Snyder. Gary attended school at, and graduated from, Decorah High School, class of 1987. Following graduation Gary worked several different jobs before settling into driving semi, which afforded him the opportunity to experience lots of interesting places and develop friendships all over the country. Gary will be fondly remembered for two main things, his tremendous sense of humor and his unparalleled passion for music. Gary picked up a guitar in his early youth and never let it go. He was an accomplished musician. Whether playing in bands or just picking the guitar with friends, he always put his soul into the music he played. Recently he had been focusing that passion, on building custom guitars, with the intent of starting a business, to do so, with a close friend.

Gary is survived by his son, Gage McMurrin, of Cedar Rapids; sister, Gordalana (Gordie) Neubauer, of Cresco; sister-in-law, Deb (Hank) Snyder, of Decorah; brother, Eric (Rick) and Kris Snyder, Cedar Falls; brother, Jeff Snyder, Cresco; sister, Marquesa Snyder, Ankeny; brother, Paul Renner, Ohio; father Henry Snyder, Independence; longtime friend Tammy Jostand and son Jonathon, Waukon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins; and friends throughout the country.

Gary was predeceased by his brother, Hank Snyder, Decorah; brother-in-law Todd Neubauer, Cresco; and his mother, Julia (Judy) Snyder, Decorah.

In honoring Gary’s wishes his body was cremated, and the family is hosting a memorial/ celebration of life, gathering Sunday, March 29; at 1 p.m., with fellowship to follow, at The Waukon Banquet Center, 612 Rossville Road, Waukon. Cards or gifts of remembrance can be forwarded to P.O. Box No. 42, Decorah, IA 52101.


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