GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Thursday, November 11, 2004

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John Leland Snider Sr.

John Leland Snider Sr., 69, of 926 Ave. C N.W., a laborer and Army and National Guard veteran, died of complications from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at his home.

Cremation has taken place. His memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at O'Connor Funeral Home, with burial of ashes in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Snider of Great Falls; daughters Stacy Snider and Renee Kirby, both of Great Falls, Brenda Snider of Washington, Debbie Kifer of Montana and Judy Lynn Trauer of Kansas; a stepdaughter, Judy Durand of Great Falls; a son, John Snider Jr. of South Dakota; stepsons Russ Williams and Tony Williams, both of Great Falls; a sister, Judy Bailey of Billings; brothers Rich Snider of Washington and Loren Snider of Great Falls; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Marshall Snider.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Friday, November 12, 2004

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John Leland Snider Sr.

John Leland Snider Sr., 69, of 926 Ave. C N.W., a laborer and Army and National Guard veteran, died of complications from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease Tuesday at his home.

Cremation has taken place. His memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at O'Connor Funeral Home, with burial of ashes in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Snider of Great Falls; daughters Stacy Snider and Renee Kirby of Great Falls, Brenda Snider of Washington, Debbie Kifer of Montana and Judy Lynn Trauer of Kansas; a stepdaughter, Judy Durand of Great Falls; a son, John Snider Jr. of South Dakota; stepsons Russ Williams and Tony Williams of Great Falls; a sister, Judy (Bill) Bailey of Billings; brothers Rich (Pat) Snider of Washington and Loren Snider of Great Falls; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Josephine Snider; a son, Marshall Snider; and sons-in-law Nick and Scott.

John was born March 28, 1935, in Chinook, and was raised in the Bear Paw Mountains by his grandparents. He attended school in Chinook and was inducted in the Army on Nov. 18, 1953, as a light weapons infantryman (rifle expert) and ski instructor. He later joined the National Guard.

He worked construction, was a member of the Union Laborers AGC and worked on the Hi-Line and in Great Falls for several contractors. John was known as a good, hard, dependable worker.

He married Lorraine LaMere in 1967 in Seattle, Wash. The couple later divorced but remarried earlier this year.

A former boxer, John was a member of the Golden Gloves, for which he also coached and judged.

He enjoyed rodeos, especially bareback riding, having coffee with his friends, fishing and spending time with his boys, Shaun and Colton and family.

Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice of Montana.

Originally published November 12, 2004

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