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Jack Norman Snider
April 16, 1941 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Father, son, brother, husband, grandpa, great grandpa, friend, heavy equipment operator, mechanic, stock car racer, builder of seawalls.
Jack was not a wall flower. Not one of those men who lives a life of quiet desperation. He was...adventurous.
A father at the age of 16, he worked and played hard most of his life. He and his first wife, Sharon, filled the house with six sons, who eventually brought home six daughters-
in-law, eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
He started in construction with his father-in-law, Ira Studer, and worked at his dad Hubert's business, Snider’s Junk and Coal. He spent most of his life in the International
Union of Operating Engineers, #324 in Michigan, and #302 in Alaska, either as a mechanic or a heavy equipment operator. He worked on the Consumers Power Pumped Storage Project in Ludington as the Assistant Master Mechanic.
The highlight of his construction career was turning wrenches at Prudhoe Bay on the Alaska Pipeline project, working in winter conditions where signs around the work site reminded you that exposed flesh freezes in thirty seconds. He was proud to show off the maps of Alaska he’d cut out of pieces of the pipeline with a cutting torch.
He also built and raced stock cars at the Oceana County Fairgrounds, and once, trying to make it to the checkered flag, rolled his car 9 1/2 times in front of the grandstand. And long before Silver Lake Sand Dunes were overrun with tourists, you’d find him skating over the sand on the overinflated bald tires of a dune scooter he’d built out of a truck frame. Seat belts weren’t a thing in the 1960s, and if you rode on that big truck seat beside him, you held onto the dashboard bar for dear life.
He married Edie Fuller, in 1998 in Las Vegas, NV. Edie brought him two step children, Alan and Cori, and five grandchildren. They built a home in Mears, and Edie stood by Jack through thick and thin, and was with him when he passed, peacefully.
He was a lifetime member of the Wigton Benona Lodge 200 and was very proud of the role he played in building the lodge’s hall in Hart. In 2012 he was named Mason of the Year in his local lodge as well as District Mason of the Year. He served one year as BGP for the Grand Lodge of Michigan.
For most of his life, Jack greeted people with a rambunctious smile and a bone crushing handshake. He could be aggravating, irrational, and downright out-of-control. Generous, a spendthrift, grudge-carrying, and forgiving. He fought demons and did his best. He was a good man, but a bad boy.
He had his vices and his virtues, his strengths and his flaws, but there’s nobody you’d rather have in your corner in a bar brawl.
He spent the last few years fighting bladder cancer. When anyone asked him how he was doing, he’d always say, “ Well, I guess I’ll live till I die.”
And so he did.
Jack Norman Snider was born April 16, 1941, in Mears, MI, and died November 17, 2023 at Trinity (Mercy) Hospital, Muskegon, MI, holding Edie’s hand with that famous crushing grip.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Hubert and Lottie Snider; brothers, Ted and Gene; first wife, Sharon Marie (Studer) Snider.
He is survived by: his wife, Edie Snider; her children, Alan (Linda) Fuller of Hersey, MI, Cori (Dave) Bennett of The Village of Lake Isabella, MI; his sons, Bruce (Lisa) Snider of
Chandler, AZ, Jerry Snider of Cedar Springs, MI, Jon Snider (Nanette Bowen) of Makawao, HI, Brian (Monica) Snider of Hart, MI, Jack (Dawn) Snider of Walker, MI, Benjamin (Kelly) Snider of Grand Rapids, MI; sixteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
There will be no service. His family will hold a private memorial at a later date.
Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is in charge of arrangements.