Carroll Leonard Snyder, postal worker, dies

Outdoorsman was also a World War II veteran

September 26, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Carroll Leonard "Bo" Snyder, a former longtime Randallstown postal worker and World War II veteran, died Sept. 11 of pneumonia at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster.

The Sykesville resident was 90.

Mr. Snyder was born on his family's farm in Randallstown and spent his early years there.

The farm was lost after his father's death in 1931, and five years later, Mr. Snyder dropped out of Randallstown School, which in those days went from grades one to 12, to help support his family.

During the late 1930s, he worked for the Hoffberger Oil Co. and the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River as an aircraft assembly worker.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and was trained as a B-29 tail gunner. Stationed on Guam, he flew missions to Japan and back, and on V-J Day flew over Tokyo Bay as the Japanese surrender was taking place aboard the battleship USS Missouri.

Discharged with the rank of sergeant, he went to work in 1947 as a rural mail carrier in Randallstown.

"He was the town's only mail carrier, delivering as many as 800 stops a day, in his maroon 1946 Ford," said a son, Michael Snyder of Reisterstown. "He did that until 1958."

After earning his General Educational Development diploma at night school at Milford Mill High School, he was able to advance to assistant postmaster at Randallstown, a position he held until retiring in 1975.

Mr. Snyder lived for years in Randallstown before moving to a house on the Wye River in 1980, where he lived for 20 years until moving to Sykesville in 2000.

Mr. Snyder enjoyed playing softball into his 70s, and jet skiing, boating, snow skiing, sailing, flying, riding motorcycles and crabbing until he was in his 80s.

He was still able to "ride his bicycle backwards while sitting on the handlebars, which he could do into his 80s," his son said.

"He enjoyed a very healthy life, not taking so much as an aspirin until he was 85," his son said.

His wife of 54 years, the former Sara Schmidt, died in 2006.

Services were held Sept. 14.

Also surviving are another son, Dean Snyder of Coatesville, Pa.; a daughter, Susan Schadt of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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