Roger Glenn Snyder was born in Auburn, NE on March 28, 1938, to Harlan E. and D. Thelma (Waltz) Snyder on March 28, 1938 in Auburn, NE.
The family moved to Lincoln in 1946. During high school Roger was in the Marine ROTC, graduating from University High School in 1956. After graduation, he served in the USMC for 4 years, much of it spent in Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in 1961. Upon returning home, he worked in sales at a drug store in Oklahoma City. He then went to work for Wang Laboratories selling computers. He moved back to Nebraska deciding to work in car sales because his car had given out. He worked as a car salesman at Vanice Pontiac Cadillac, Misle Chevrolet, and Du Teau Chevrolet in Lincoln before moving to Grand Island and working in sales management at Kinman Chevrolet Cadillac. It was there that Roger interviewed his future wife, Georgia Kruse, and hired her to work in sales. They moved to North Platte where he worked as a sales manager for Rich Watson Auto Center.
Roger and Georgia were married in North Platte in 1982. In 1990, they moved to Henderson, NV for Georgia’s teaching career with the Clark County School District. Roger continued to work in auto sales, leaving that to work in the school district as a beloved bus driver and later, campus security. He retired from the school district, went to real estate school and became a realtor.
After Georgia’s retirement, Roger expressed a desire to move back to Nebraska to be closer to family. They arrived in Lincoln in June of 2020 and enjoyed spending more time with family and friends.
From an early age, Roger was always changing the design of whatever he owned to suit him, typically making it better. First, he took apart a brand new bicycle. Later, he made improvements on a 1950 Ford that he turned into a street rod. As life continued, Roger turned to fixing his homes. He took pride in every home he owned and made impressive improvements to each one. He could look at the design and see how much better it could be. Then he would draw up plans, buy materials, and start the project. So, there was always a project!
Roger passed from this life on May 26 surrounded by his loving wife and family members.
Roger is survived by his best friend and wife of forty years, Georgia, of Lincoln; brothers Richard (Laurie) of Olathe, KS and Ken (Jo) of Nebraska City; daughters from a previous marriage Tracy and Trina; three grandsons, Todd, Stephen and Orien and one granddaughter, Kira. He is also survived by brothers-in-law Pete Kruse (Denice) of Grand Island; Gary Kruse (Cindy) of Highlands Ranch, CO; sisters-in-law BK (Rick) Kapernick of Los Alamos, NM and Nancy Kruse of North Platte plus many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, sister-in-law Patti Kruse, brother-in-law Steven Kruse, and nephew Lloyd Andersen.
A Celebration of Life for Roger will be held at a later date.
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