James Howard Snyder

James Howard Snyder

James Howard Snyder, 88, of Ajo, Arizona passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Emerald Groves Assisted Living in Mesa, AZ.

James was born on August 20, 1930 in Grass Creek, Wyoming to Oscar and Dorothy (Cox) Snyder. Jim, as he was well known, worked for Marathon Oil as a Petroleum Engineer in Nebraska and Wyoming prior to his retirement in 1986. After retirement, Jim and his first wife, Janice, sold their house, purchased an RV, and traveled for several years visiting relatives, friends, and family. They then moved to Ajo, AZ in 1989.

After his first wife passed in 2003, Jim married Margaret Anderson, a family friend, in 2007. Jim enjoyed the outdoors. He loved long jeep rides in the desert and teaching his grandkids how to drive. He was always there for anyone who needed a ride to town for shopping or doctors’ appointments. He loved photography and had quite a collection of cameras.

Jim is survived by his wife, Margaret Anderson of Ajo, AZ; his daughters, Bonnie Simpson of Beaumont, California and Mary Hershner of Mesa, AZ; his grandchildren, Melissa Williamson of Beaumont, CA, Matt Kraft of Dallas, Texas, Kristina Bentancourt of San Bernardino, CA; and his five great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice (Wintermote) Snyder; his son, James E. Snyder; and his granddaughter, Becky Simpson.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Jim on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2:00pm, held at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 400 West Palo Verde Avenue North, Ajo, Arizona 85321.

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6 responses to James Howard Snyder

  1. Deb says:

    Bonnie, Mary, and all of your family,
    Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you. I have great memories of your folks from visits to your house in Cody.
    Deb and Don Price

  2. Sorry for your loss. My condolences.

  3. Robin Wilson says:

    So sorry for your loss Aunt Margaret Ann. He was a very nice and wonderful man.

  4. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. His travel and zest for life built memories for everyone around him.
    We will be thinking of Aunt Margaret and all of the family.🙏🙏🙏
    Marsha Findlay and family

  5. Cherry Blue says:

    Dear Family of Jim Snyder,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jim and my Dad, Richard Greeson, were childhood friends and I always enjoyed our visits with Jim. He was a wonderful person! I know he will be missed.

  6. Sheila Lee says:

    Jim was a good man and friend. He took me to the doctor a couple of times and I certainly did I appreciate his kindness. He was also a good friend of Harold Hockett. My prayers for comfort for your families. Sheila Lee

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