David Snyder 1945-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs


NORTH JACKSON – David “Deputy Dog” Snyder passed away peacefully on Sunday October 10, 2021, at the age of 76, surrounded by loving family and friends.

He has battled serious health issues in recent years due to his exposure to Agent Orange while serving his country in Vietnam. Although he did not die in Vietnam, the poisons he was exposed to caught up with him in the last years of his life in the form of Parkinson’s disease and, finally, a major stroke. Despite his medical woes, he always remained happy and never lost his great sense of humor for which he was so known.

He was born August 4, 1945, graduated from local Springfield High School in 1964, and raised in Petersburg. David was a longtime member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church.

David lived a distinguished life full of accomplishments and adventures. His passions included flying his personal aircraft and photography. He previously owned a photography studio in Youngstown, Portrait Gallery and Video, and was a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America). He really enjoyed filming his clients’ special moments to be remembered.

His hobbies included riding his Honda motorcycle, volunteering at Buckeye Horse Park, horseback riding, scuba diving, boating, flying airplanes, downhill skiing and hunting. A perfect day for him was to ride his motorbike to the Peaberry Cafe and sit with his many friends there, while enjoying a coffee and a sugar cookie.

However, his family and his dog, Hank, were first and foremost important to him. He was a loving father and his children represented the world to him.

David served his country with honor in Vietnam in the 577th Army Combat Engineer Battalion and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. His years of service were from 1965 to 1967 and he witnessed fierce fighting during this time. Although he left Vietnam, Vietnam never left and he spent his last years as a disabled veteran.

He retired at age 66 from Republic Steel and McDonald Steel, where he was a millwright and electrician. In addition to this, he was a volunteer firefighter with the Springfield Township and Beaver Township Fire Services from 1971 to 1978 and a paramedic.

He also worked for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office as a chief pilot, diver and assistant on horseback.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances Snyder; her father, Milton Snyder; and his three brothers, Earl, Milton Jr. and Richard.

He is survived by his daughter, Corinne (Jason) Fiehler; her son, Chris (Amy) Snyder; his granddaughter, Amelia Snyder; his niece, Frances (David) Wills; her nephew, Wesley (Caitlin) Snyder; his cousin, Cindy (Richard) Mischell; and his babysitter, Karen Farley.

Friends can call 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St., Canfield, followed by a 6:00 p.m. funeral service. The incarceration service will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at Petersburg cemetery, followed by military honors.

“And daddy, I know you’ve always enjoyed checking obituaries every day and jokingly commenting, ‘Just checking to see if my name is listed. Well, today is finally that day.

Friends and family can view this obituary and offer their condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.

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