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Andrew John Snyder

Snyder, Andrew John, who dedicated his life to his country, his family and his faith. Andy was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and served in the United States Navy and on assignment with the United States Marine Corps in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His assignments included Composite Squadron VC-4, Naval Air Transport Squadron 22 (VR-22), Patrol Squadron 24 (VP-24) and Amphibious Warfare. Andy married Ann Krieg in Atlantic City in 1953 and had their first son, Craig John Snyder. The family moved to Norfolk, Virginia and had Richard Snyder and Andrew John Snyder II (Drew). The family lived in Norfolk until Andy retired from the Navy. Andy eventually moved back to the Johnstown area and owned and operated the Bridge Hotel until his retirement. After retirement, Andy appreciated the love and support of his family, notably his niece Sheri and her family, as well as his dear friend Harry, fellow veterans, the Marine Corps League, the Knights of Columbus and the Church. Andy’s Roman Catholic Faith was a vital part of his life. In addition to full participation in the Church, he served for decades in the Knights of Columbus. Andy is survived by his sons Craig and Drew. At Andy’s request, all services will be private and he will be will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with military rites. The family is being served by Baker-Harris Funeral Chapel, Conemaugh. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com) 

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Andy and I are third cousins, our grandfathers were brothers in old Zemplen County in the Kingdom of Hungary. His grandfather,Janos, lived in Windber and mine, Mihaly, lived in Hazleton. Shortly after his mother, Suzanna, died
we realized we were related and would call each other and would spend long hours talking about our service and our good and yes,even our bad times.

One episode in Andy's teen years was an eye opener. Andy had a friend, Buzz Wagner,the first American ace of WW2. One day on a toot, George Snyder, Andy's stepfather, began beating him near a Legion Hall in Johnston. Buzz stopped the attack and sternly warned the older Snyder never to harm Andy.

Several years later Andy joined the navy with the permission of his parents, sending part of his pay home to assist the family. Barely able to swim, he was picked by the cadre to participate in UDT ( Underwater Demolition Team ) training.Andrew was part of a team that destroyed shore obstacles on Okinawa, as a prelude to that island's invasion.

Those are just little pieces of Andy's life, a life filled with support for his parents, children and many siblings. I wanted to take Andrew to a future Latzo family reunion, where Andy would have shone like a star, but sickness and death struck first.

I will miss Andy, but be very proud that I knew this member of the " Greatest Generation " and that I was a part of his heritage

John N Latzo Jan 20 2017 12:00 AM

Eternal rest grant unto him, oh Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Karl Komara Jan 19 2017 12:00 AM

As we lose one more of our greatest generation a loyal & active member of the Marine Corps League I pause to say Semper Fidelis (always faithful) Andy was very proud of his assignments with the United States Marine Corps & for that he has a special place in my heart.

dennis pentrack Jan 17 2017 12:00 AM