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Lyman "Bill" Snyder
Snyder, "Bill" as he was known and beloved by his family, died on August 20, 2011.

He was Born Feb 17, 1932 in Missouri the third of 8 children. His family instilled in him lifelong qualities of kindness, generosity and hard work. They loved to laugh with and sometimes at the family. His parents ultimately settled into the El Monte area of Los Angeles in the 1940's.

Bill joined the navy in 1950. And as he was proud to boast--the enemy never invaded through San Diego the entire 4years he guarded that port.

In 1959, he married Mary Jean and they had three daughters--Julie, Terri, and Sherri. Despite divorcing 10 years later, Bill and Mary remained close and dedicated parents.

Bill worked for years as a large machine operator for Laird Construction. Years later this earned Bill his much loved nickname "Grandpa Tractor.".

Bill retired in 1992 and never looked back at hard work. He learned quickly never to come late to a free meal and dedicated his life to his beloved family and large screen tv.

In 1994, Bill moved to Peoria to live with his 'Golden Girls' sisters--Meryl (Jeannie) and Shirley. For the next 16 years, he enjoyed traveling, eating out and occasionally a football game on TV. Their home became the defacto vacation resort for all the family with frequent campouts at Grandpa's. They were always welcoming and gracious to the boatloads of visitors, and Bill seemed to enjoy everyone.

He would often take himself, and extended family when they visited, to the Peoria Cafe. The regulars their knew him well and some even gave him the nickname "Elvis". He enjoyed teasing the new waitresses about the flies on his toast--which were really the raisins on his raisin toast.

But Bill will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity and, most of all, his sense of humor. As he would often joke, his one regret was that he was not here to make his last 36 car payments.

Bill is survived by 4 sisters--Meryl (Jeannie), Shirley, Linda and Phyllis and one brother Robert, his three daughters, Julie, Terri and Sherri, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.