Russell Louis Snyder, 85, credit company manager

May 10, 2006

Russell Louis Snyder, a retired credit company manager and artist, died of cancer May 3 at his Delmar home. He was 85.

Mr. Snyder was born in Ocean View, Va., and raised in Pasadena. He was a 1937 graduate of Glen Burnie High School, and before World War II worked as a clerk for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Camden Station.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces. He was trained as a pilot and attained the rank of lieutenant.

After the war, he owned and operated a chicken farm near Westminster until moving to Salisbury in 1953, when he took a job with the Retail Credit Co. - now Equifax Services. He was manager of the company's Salisbury branch at his 1982 retirement.

During the mid-1980s, he sold real estate for E.L. Sherman and Associates. He was a volunteer for the Wicomico County Health Department and the Life Crisis Center, which provides crisis intervention services for children, adults and families in Wicomico.

Mr. Snyder was an avid gardener and accomplished watercolorist who liked to paint Eastern Shore landscapes. He was a member of the Salisbury Art League. He also owned and operated the Fruitland Trader, a mail-order company that specialized in art prints.

He was a member and former president of the Salisbury Kiwanis Club and member of the Salisbury Jaycees.

His wife of 42 years, the former Ruby Foltz, died in 1996.

Mr. Snyder was a member and lay reader at Bethany Lutheran Church in Salisbury, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Surviving are two sons, David L. Snyder of Salisbury and Darrell J. Snyder of Delmar; a sister, Gloria Ann Kane of Pasadena; and two grandchildren.

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