E. Dean Snyder

Dean Snyder

March 17, 1934 - August 2, 2020
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Dean Snyder passed away on August 2, 2020. Dean was born in Sturgis, SD, on March 17, 1934. He did not have a bit of Irish in him despite being born on St. Patrick’s Day. Never the less, he really liked corned beef and cabbage.
Dean graduated from Sturgis High School in 1953. He attended a partial semester at SDSU. During this time, his younger brother Dale, was killed in a tragic car accident. Following the accident, Dean returned to the family ranch to help his dad. Other than the brief time at SDSU, Dean spent his entire life ranching along the Eastern slope of the Black Hills near Tilford. His mother, Janice, said she knew by the time Dean was 10 that ranching was in his future. He and his dad, Clifford, added milk cows to the operation in 1950. They built a dairy barn with lumber sawn from and milled at the Tilford ranch. They grade A milked around 60 Holsteins until 1966. When the milk inspector told them the screen door on the milk parlor was hinged on the wrong side, they quit milking…according to the story. Dean always said they got a lot done the years they milked because they got an early start to the day. He commented that he didn’t miss milking but he sure missed the monthly milk check. Dean had a top notch set of commercial Hereford cows. He sold feeder steers to repeat buyers and bred heifers to neighboring ranchers.
Dean married Kay (Schryvers) in 1958. They built a small house on the ranch near Dean’s parents and soon had to add a couple rooms when their son, Kenny, was born in 1962 and daughter, Sherroll, in 1964. Dean and Kay enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their ranch home. Dean and Kay traveled quite a bit. Kay was involved in several state and national organizations. Dean was her driver traveling with her across South Dakota and across the USA. Dean said his favorite trip was to the Holy Land.
Dean was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church serving on several boards. He also participated in Meade County Farm Bureau, Order of Eastern Star and was a 50-year Mason. He was a strong supporter of 4-H. His grandsons were able to belong to the same 4-H club Dean was a member and leader of.
What Dean truly liked was working on the ranch. He didn’t have any hobbies except reading “old cowboy books.” He didn’t hunt or fish, play cards, or go to coffee with the guys. He just liked to work.
Dean is survived by his son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder, Piedmont; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow, Sturgis; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins (fiancé Tony Palumbo), Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel (Jenna) Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow; two great-granddaughters, Kynlee and Eiley; sister-in-law, Marilyn Asher; and brother-in-law, Larry Schemmel.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Janice; his wife, Kay; sister, Angie; and brother, Dale.
Memorials have been established to the Sturgis United Methodist Church and the Meade County 4-H Event Center.
The family invites you to attend a memorial service in Dean’s honor on Friday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the Snyder ranch with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Lunch and fellowship will follow the service. Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery.
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  • Memorial Service

    August 7, 2020 | 10:00am
    August 7, 2020 10:00am
    Snyder Family Ranch
    21397 Snyder Ranch Road
    Piedmont, SD 57769
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    Pastor Jenene Earl
  • Interment

    August 7, 2020 | 4:00pm
    August 7, 2020 4:00pm
    Bear Butte Cemetery
    1147 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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peary wilson

Posted at 12:11pm
Cliff and Janice were good friends with my folks, Glenn and Lois Wilson (Wilson Feed and Implement in RC). My brother Nathan worked at the Snyder ranch during his high school/college years. Our family became quite close to the Snyder family... often spending Sunday afternoons together: fishing, picnicking, or just spending time at the ranch. I remember Dean and Kay in those years and appreciated Dean's silent and amiable manner. He was always patient and seeking to understand the people and circumstances around him before deciding and acting on what needed to be done. We hunted, fished, and ate together many times. My condolences to the family and friends who knew him in these later years. (Rev.)Peary and Eileen Wilson

barb shepardson

Posted at 09:54am
Snyder family, my heartfelt sympathies go out to all of your family and children. The legacy
that Dean and Kay have left behind is enormous.! You will be comforted by all the memories and
the thought that Dean is again holding hands with his partner, Kay. God be with you, Barb Shepardson

DeWayne Brink

Posted at 06:14pm
I never knew the man, but his story is the kind one likes to read. It reminds me of the story of George Blair's life when I read his .
I'm sorry for Your loss . I saw the pics and he must have had a great life with his family.Pics and memories long to be treasured and kept close to ones heart. I especially like the part where he stood his ground with the milk inspector. Good for you Mr. Snyder. Be well family and remember this great hard working man. DB

Dean McNenny

Posted at 05:09pm
What a lovely place to have a gathering for Dean but on the ranch he loved so much. Our thoughts are with you...Dean and Sandi McNenny.
Dean (McNenny) remembered working on the ranch one summer during high school. He recalled being in the milking “parlor” but never
having to milk...thank goodness. He was a field hand and worked side by side with Dean and his dad, Cliff.
After lunch, Cliff would take a half hour nap and then back to the fields the three of them would was hard, hot air conditioned
machinery. .

Patti Nequette

Posted at 02:09pm
Own and shari, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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