Snyder, Lyle Ralph
Lyle Ralph Snyder, New London, age 94, died Monday, January 31, 2011, at St Joseph Residence in New London. He was born on May 12, 1916, in Portage County, son of the late Ralph and Carrie Snyder. Lyle married Phyllis Mary Stern in 1941 and had one son, Lee. Lyle loved fishing, bowling, horseshoes, and especially golf. In earlier years he was president of a local investment club and an active member of the New London Boat Club. He also served as commodore of the boat club. He was an outstanding craftsman with wood and had a well furnished shop in his home. His woodworking skills were documented in a national magazine. He served as foreman of the assembly floor at Simmons Furniture Company in New London until his retirement in 1972. One of his special projects involved making wooden plaques which spelled out the words “J E S U S” and he shipped hundreds of these all over the world as many were requested. After years of retirement Lyle constructed many frames and a display rack for the annual Simmons Company retiree photos. He donated these to the New London Historical Society and they are on permanent display at the New London Historical Village. Lyle is survived by his son, Lee (Connie), Grandchildren, Wendy (Gary) Bekx of Greenville, and Jodi (Brian) St. Aubin and great grandchildren Claire St. Aubin and Paul St. Aubin of Greenville. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in the New London, Waupaca, and Fox Valley areas and others from out of state. In addition to his parents, Lyle was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis, by his wife, Evelyn and also by his brothers, Clarence, Harold, and Edwin and sister, Bernice.