James A. Snyder, age 89, of Greenfield, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Springhurst Health Campus. He was born in Ionia, Michigan on December 17, 1932 to Emery L. Snyder and Sarah Bell (Edwards) Truman. James was a veteran of the United States Army and served as Staff Sergeant from 1953 until 1955. On February 10, 1952, he married Vivian M. Vickery in Schoolcraft, Michigan.
Before retiring in 1998, he worked as a truck driver for Consolidated Freight Ways in Indianapolis for many years. During retirement, James continued work as a dump truck driver and school bus driver. He was a member at Teamsters Local #135, Charlottesville Friends Church, and lifetime member at the American Legion in Greenfield. He enjoyed listening to country music and watching old westerns especially with John Wayne. He loved his kitty cats, Sadie and Popeye.
James is survived by his children, Julie Snyder and Jamie Rousch both of Greenfield; grandchildren, Brandan (Amy) Hotrum of MI and Bridget (Austin) Truelove of Greenfield; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Aurora, and Tulsi; siblings, Goldie McClain of Bearlake, MI, Nancy (Quinton) Daniels of Vicksburg, MI, and Charles “Chuck” (Norma) Snyder of Three Rivers, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery Snyder and Sarah Truman; wife, Vivian Snyder; daughter, Carolyn Hotrum; sons, Allen Ray Snyder and Franklin James Snyder; sister, Patricia Estes; brothers, Leon Snyder; and son-in-law, Ron Rousch.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary &Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A graveside service at Park Cemetery will take place at 1:30 p.m. with military rites provided by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 3091 E 98th St # 240, Indianapolis, IN 46280 or envelopes will be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.