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Joseph E. Snyder

February 28, 1941 — June 27, 2022

Joseph E. Snyder “beloved husband, father, grandfather, Poppa, and Popsicle”

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Joseph E. “Joe” Snyder, 81, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Friday, February 28, 1941 in Coudersport, he was a son of Oscar D. and Hannah E. Haskins Snyder. On September 11, 1965 in Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, he married Patricia L. Hamilton, who survives.

Joe was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1959 and then attended Lock Haven University.

Joe honorably served in the US Army from 1963 to 1965 during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Specialist 4th Class. After his military service, Joe returned to Coudersport, working at the former Pepper’s Market in Coudersport and for a short period of time was employed by National Fuel Gas. He and his wife owned and operated the Arco Gas Station in Coudersport. After selling the gas station, Joe was a Prudential Insurance salesman for over 9 years. For many years, Joe was the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Coudersport Consistory where he also was in charge of the kitchen. During his years at the Consistory he also drove a school bus. He retired in 2016.

Joe attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. He was a former volunteer driver for the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. He was a member of the former Coudersport Jaycees and a member of the former Coudersport Service Club. He was a 50 year member of Potter Post 192 American Legion in Coudersport. Joe also served for many years on the Coudersport Borough Council having held the positions of president and vice president.

He was also a member of Eulalia Lodge # 342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. On September 3, 2002, he received the 33rd degree which is the highest degree in Masonry. He was a member of Potter Commandery No. 69 Knights Templar, Coudersport.

He loved his dog, Sadie, who faithfully went to work with him everyday. His family was his greatest love.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years; three children, Jami L. (Doug) Morgan of Ridgway, Kelli J. (Andy) Petroski of Sarasota, Florida, and Michael J. (Amy) Snyder of Fair Play, SC; four grandchildren, Megan Fowler, Erika Smith, Andy Fowler, and Erin Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Lexi Smith, Gavin Smith, IvoryElla Smith, and Sophie Fowler; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, Leone Chase, Donald Snyder, Anna Lee “Tee” Troy, Norma Snow, Edythe Glassmire, Milton “Bud” Snyder, Allen Snyder, and Gary R. Snyder.

In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter Post 192 American Legion, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to UPMC Cole Place Patient Activity Fund, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Joe’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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