Robert Lewis Snider aka Bob, Bobby, Rob
Born September 11 (now Patriots Day) in the year 1946 in Zanesville, Ohio passed away February 28, 2017 at Hopewell House after many months of bravely fighting cancer.
He changed his nickname from Bob, Bobby to Rob as he said there were too many men with the nickname Bob.
His Mother, Josephine “Josie” Hammond Snider Basalla, predeceased him one year ago at the age of 94. She was the centering point in his life. Many years he traveled back to Zanesville to celebrate his Mother's birthday with the Ohio family. He was the only one of his siblings to move away from Ohio. His Mother said he was a wanderer at an early age. She had to tie him to the clothesline to keep him safe.
He had many childhood stories of the mischievious adventures he had with his brothers, sisters and friends. He worked at various odd jobs as a child. As a teenager he worked at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl and told stories of flying in the owner's private airplane to Akron/Canton to pick up Heggy's chocolates.
After graduating from Zanesville High School, he entered the Navy in 1965. He served some active duty in Vietnam on the Mekong River, as well as on U.S.S. Point Defiance and U.S.S. Princeton. He talked of his ship picking up one of the space modules and earning the dolphin badge, as well as many other adventures while in the Navy. When his ship was dry docked in Portland he found he really loved Oregon and soon after his discharge in 1969 he moved to Oregon.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper and nature lover and passed on these loves to his sons. He looked forward every year to elk and deer hunting with his sons and his long-time friends Steve, Jim and Phil.
Sons Brian and Michael were the highlight of his life and he treasured time spent in their company. Their mother Sandy Snider was always referred to as the “mother of my children” not my ex- wife. Favorite memories include wrestling and playing “bean ball”, pickup games of basketball at the neighborhood park, and fishing on the Clackamas River. His enjoyment and respect of the land and love of nature were passed on to his sons and are his legacy through them to his grandchildren.
He was content to know, near the end of his life, that they were both happy and in a good place in their lives. Among his regrets was that he would not be alive to see Brian receive his Phd in Computer Science from Oregon Health & Science University.
Bob attended Oregon Institute of Technology and was a mechanical engineer. He had various employment, but of special note was his work as a machinist/supervisor. His last employment was at Cathedral Park and he worked as a Building Superintendent where he especially enjoyed the opportunity to utilize his drafting skills.
Sports filled much of Rob's off work time. A natural and gifted athlete, he really enjoyed team basketball and baseball and missed it when he finally quit. He was described by his friend, Steve, as a real dynamo on the basketball court. He was proud of his baseball trophies and particularly a MVP award. He enjoyed playing golf with friends; also, snowshoeing and pickleball in later years.
Thirteen years ago, Dorothy “DD” came into his life and they married in 2011. He was contractor on the addition to their house. He stayed busy remodeling the kitchen, building a garden shed, deck, remodeling the bathroom, plus other projects around the home.
He was delighted to visit Detering Orchards, DD's family farm, to pick and gather the produce. Peaches to can and fresh apples were his favorites.
In 2011, they purchased a 2500 Ram Truck and a Montana fifth wheel. What followed was traveling around Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, California, Washington, and Utah. He was very proud of his truck and the fifth wheel Montana, “the tiny house”. In 2015, they purchased a park model in Casa Grande, Arizona. So many friendships were made on the various travels that enriched his life.
Rockhunting was his latest hobby with his wife. The last big trip in the “tiny house”, May 2016, was to far SE Oregon for sunstone and petrified wood gathering.
Bob loved to laugh and had a unique sense of humor and loved to tease. His sister Theresa (snowbirding in Florida) remembered a couple of years ago he called her and told her he was in Miami. She got really excited to see him until he said I am in Miami, Arizona! His sister MaryJane remembered playing 99 and laughing until their stomachs hurt.
Dorothy Detering “DD” wife; Son, Brian Snider; wife Rebecca; Granddaughter Hannah, Grandson Daniel; Son, Michael Snider; wife Sara; Granddaughter Natalie, Grandson Mason, step Granddaughters Madison, Kira and Haley, Step daughter Cecily Overman
Carol Pendexter, Theresa Curry, Lois Wolfe, Kay Brock, Janice Cameron, MaryJane Lasson, Jerry Snider, Roger Snider, Rick Snider and Art Snider.
As per Rob's wishes, half of his ashes will be sprinkled at Mongrel Ridge at a point where there is a full view of Mt. Hood. Half of his ashes will be sprinkled over his Mother's grave in Zanesville, Ohio.
Celebratory open house at his home on March 26 1-5pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a memorial donation:
Make-a-Wish, was his favorite charity
Murray Hills Christian Church, 15050 SW Weir Rd. Beaverton, Oregon 97007 (where he attended for the last 13 years) designate “Programs for the Youth”