Richard “Dick” Snyder, 92, an Oak Park resident since 1960, died on Oct. 26, 2021. Born on Aug. 13, 1929 in Chicago, at the age of 9 he learned to play a bugle in the George Bell Drum & Bugle Corps. He taught himself to play trumpet and music became his passion. After graduating from Austin High School, he was drafted into the Army. At Fort Eustis, he helped start a drum corps. He taught and marched with them through his tour of duty. Upon discharge he went to work at Automatic Electric, and marched with the Skokie Indians Drum & Bugle Corps which won three national championships. He taught Drum and Bugle Corps skills to many youngsters through the years, including the newly formed Chicago Cavaliers. His love of music led him to play with the Concordia University Concert Band and to sing in the shows at Ascension Parish, which led to his joining the Schola Choir at the church.
Dick met his wife, Louise Bardos, at practices for the Cavaliers, where she was on the staff. They married in 1955 and raised five children. In 1960 they moved to Oak Park and never left. They moved from their home on Scoville to a condo on Kenilworth, and finally retired to the Oak Park Arms, where he became very ill from Alzheimer’s and had to be transferred to Memory Care at Belmont Village in Oak Park, where he died peacefully.
He is survived by his wife Louise and their sons, John and Jim, and daughters Cathi and Mary. He was preceded in death by his son Joe.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave, Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Ascension School would be appreciated.