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Francis Alton (Frank) Snyder

Nov 8, 1935 - Aug 18, 2021

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Friday, August 27, 2021
1:00 pm
A memorial service for Frank will be held at the Rocky Mountain House Funeral Home located at 4804 48th Street on Friday August 27 at 1:00 P.M.

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Memorial donations in Frank’s name May be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Snyder, Francis “Frank”

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Francis Alton (Frank) Snyder. Born on November 8th, 1935, Frank sadly left this world on August 18, 2021.

Born to parents Kathleen and Alton Snyder in Rimbey, Alberta, Frank grew up in the Meadowvale District west of Rimbey. His childhood was filled with many adventures and friends from the one-room schoolhouse that he attended thru the end of grade 9. Since it was 20 miles to town on difficult roads to attend high school and since education was not Frank’s favorite past time, he decided instead to head into the world to stake his claim in life. Working first for a farmer in the local area and then later on a construction crew that was building the Bowden institution Frank found his calling running heavy equipment, a career that spanned 40+ years. He was skilled on a bulldozer but found his true talent was running a grader, owning 4 of them in his lifetime. In fact, his skills were so refined on a grader he was still getting phone calls to run a machine well into his 70’s and it would actually be difficult to find a road in Alberta that Frank had not worked on as his employment took him throughout the province. In winters when road construction slowed Frank owned and ran a seismic drill with his work taking him to the northern parts of the province and country for weeks and months at a time.

Frank met Connie Vetsch at a community dance at Forshee Hall. He asked her to dance and despite her bruised toes she married him anyways. Frank and Connie were married on April 24, 1965 and enjoyed 56 years of marriage until Frank’s passing. Their only child, Jared, entered the world on December 2nd, 1969. The family then settled in Rocky Mountain House in December of 1973 because Jared had to start attending school. The intention was only to stay a year, but work was plentiful in the area for both Frank and Connie and they settled into the community and 48 years later it is still their home.

Frank had many passions in life. Auction sales brought great joy to Frank as he always stated that “the public set the price” and he cursed the buyer’s fees that had crept into auctions in recent years. His purchases at auctions were plentiful and he was kind enough over the years to hold on to most of the items for his family to “enjoy”. Frank also loved purchasing lottery tickets and to this day plays the same numbers on the 6/49 that he did when the lottery started in 1982. Needless to say, the winning ticket still eludes him. Another pleasure of Frank’s were the numerous trips to Las Vegas that Frank and Connie took over the years, or perhaps a more accurate description would be the numerous trips to Las Vegas that Frank dragged Connie on over the years. It is difficult to know exactly how many trips they made because most people can’t count that high. However, probably the passion that gave Frank the greatest joy was regaling family and friends about his many childhood adventures, the numerous crews he worked with and stories about his never-ending string of girlfriends before he met Connie, some of whom may have actually been real!

Frank is survived by Connie, his loving wife of 56 years, son Jared; grandson Thomas; and his brother Gordon and wife Ione; brothers-in-law: Bob (Evelyn) Vetsch, Jim Vetsch, Dave Vetsch, Steve (Luella) Vetsch and Alvin Vetsch; sisters-in-law: Georgina Lunzmann and Cecilia (Carl) Arnold; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Frank was pre-deceased by his parents Kathleen and Alton Snyder as well as brothers-in-law: Bernard Vetsch, Rudy Lunzmann and Jim Cooper; sisters-in-law: Joyce Vetsch and Gerry Cooper.

Although not a religious person, heaven will await Frank with an auction sale, a winning lottery ticket and a trip to Vegas with a progressive jackpot and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

A memorial service for Frank will be held at the Rocky Mountain House Funeral Home located at 4804 48th Street on Friday August 27 at 1:00 P.M.

Memorial donations in Frank’s name May be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.



Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Brenda Nicolay :

Our sincerest condolences on your loss! I always enjoyed visiting with Frank & loved hearing the stories when he and my dad got together to reminisce about the ole days. He will be remembered & missed.

Sherrill Shmyr:

Connie and Jared:
Sending my deepest condolences to you on Frank’s passing. I fondly remember many times our families spent time together. Aside from all the grader talk, most visits included Frank teasing us kids and Connie too about all his girlfriends. Frank was always very kind and generous to us. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Ryan Lakie:

Jared and Mrs. Snyder,

I am sorry to hear about Frank's passing. Though everything is fresh now, take comfort in the fact that as the days go by it does get easier. Even more importantly, down the road a smell, a sound, or a song on the radio will bring back fond memories that you will never forget.

My condolences,

Ryan

Bill Thompson:

My condolences.

A buddy of long ago. Best known in those days for his Studebaker - one of the few around - and his guitar.
Glad to have taken the time a couple of years ago to renew acquaintance and reminisce.

Bill




Ernie and Lorraine murias:

Dear Connie and family. Our deepest condolences to you. We had many great visits with Frank. Always enjoyed talking to him. Treasurer your memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Stew/Jean Stephanson :

Our condolences to Connie and Jared.
They were great neighbors across the back lane from our home in town, both short distance from Lochearn school. The text explains why they choose the location.
A first conversation I had with Frank was over fence in back lane, He simply said, Stew, please stop mowing your lawn so often! Every time you do, Connie says, the neighbor across lane cut grass, you better cut ours again!
Frank immediately came over to look at a used Boler trailer we purchased.
First question, when were the wheel bearings last checked and greased ?
No Idea? Frank immediately went home, brought back all the materials including a Jack and pulled both wheels, checked and greased as needed! Now that’s a neighbor you can appreciate!
Over years, Frank and Connie were never far away. Frank bailed me out a couple times with questions about vehicles. Connie working at town office, was a familiar face in the days I spent on town council.
I recall a bitter cold one winter nite,
Frank calls me at home, our furnace quit, Stew, do you have a igniter for our Lennox furnace? I went back to shop, located a new one and drove it out to McNutt Subdivision to the house. Frank takes igniter from my hand and and installs it himself where he had removed old one. In all my days of service at gas utility, might of only been the time that happened!
Frank was a good friend,and certainly had many talents. I appreciated his friend ship over many years!
Thanks Frank !
Stew

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