March 3, 1932 – January 15, 2018
Robert was born March 3, 1932, in Pendleton, OR, to Charles and Thirza Snyder. Later the same year the family moved to the Klamath Basin.
Robert grew up in Klamath Falls and graduated from Henley High School in 1950. Upon graduation from high school, Robert entered the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C.
Robert served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge CV-45 in Korea and later served and was honorably discharged from the Navy at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA in 1954. Upon leaving the Navy, Robert returned to Klamath Falls and graduated from Oregon Technical Institute with a degree in electronics in 1956. Upon his graduation from Oregon Technical Institute, Robert went to work for I.B.M. in their research division in San Jose, CA.
In 1960, Robert returned to Oregon and joined the Oregon State Police. Robert retired from the Oregon State Police as a District Lieutenant in January 1986 and continued to live in Bend, OR, until moving to Brookings, OR in 2017. Robert was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion in Klamath Falls, OR, and a life member of the Bend, OR, Elks Lodge #1371.
Robert Snyder enjoyed traveling with his wife, Phyllis, in their motor home for many years prior to her death in 2010. Robert also enjoyed golfing, fishing, boating, and relaxing at the family cabin at Rocky Point, OR which was established by his great-grandfather, Thomas Martin, in 1898.
The family sold the cabin in 2015. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Phyllis (Sears) Snyder; and oldest son, R. Charles Snyder. Robert is survived by his brother, Larry Snyder (Susan), Condon, OR; son, Michael Snyder (Sue), Blain, WA; daughters, Kathryn Sallander (Chuck), Brookings, OR, and Kelly Hall (Jim) of Springfield, OR; stepsons; Michael Sears, Bend, OR, and Morgan Sears, Kent, WA; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Robert’s ashes will be interned at the Eagle Point National Veterans Cemetery in Eagle Point, OR alongside those of his wife Phyllis.
A service at the cemetery will be held by family and friends later in the spring with honors rendered by the Oregon State Police.