Vinton Snyder, 94, passed away October 25, 2011, at his home in Medford, Ore. Vinton was born May 3, 1917, in Lebanon, Ore., to parents Charles and Naomi (Soule) Snyder.
He graduated from the Univeristy of Oregon School of Music in 1940. His first teaching job was at Lorane, Ore., where he met, taught and fell in love with his future wife, Mable Drew. They wed on October 5, 1941.
When World War II began he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a musician and played trombone in a Navy band aboard a troop carrier ship. In 1945, he was privileged to have played in the funeral procession for President Roosevelt. He taught band and music for many years in Lebanon schools and the surrounding area.
He loved gardening and grew many more fruits and vegetables than his wife could ever freeze or can. He operated a piano tuning business in the later part of his career and was often called to tune concert pianos.
He enjoyed playing trombone in community bands, including most recently the Southern Oregon Concert Band. In 1998, he and Mable moved to Medford, Ore., to be closer to two of their sons.
Vinton is survived by his sister, LaDonna Elliot, of Lake Oswego, Ore; sons, Loren (Karin), of Medford, Ore., Holly (Nadine), of Medford, Ore.; and Stanley (Bettie), of Forest Hills, Calif.; daughter, Barbara Michaels (Bob), of Vacaville, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and, 17 great grandchildren. Vinton was preceded in death by his wife, Mable.
Vinton will be buried next to his wife at the Eagle Point National Cemetery where they will rest until the resurrection morning. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Seventh-day Adventist church, 1900 Greenwood St, Medford, 541-772-6021.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or to Better Life Broadcasting Network in Grants Pass, Ore.