Ralph Edward Snyder was born October 21, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Virgil and Lydia Edna Snyder. He was the third of six children and the first boy in the family. He is survived by his sister Hazel Richardson and companion Mary Snyder, nieces and nephews and long time friends of Rex Hall and Pat and Ron Drinkert and his God children, David and Ronald Drinkert, and Debra Robillard. Ralph is the former owner of Ace Transformer Service Co. and former Vice-President of Transformer Service Co. of Detroit. He was brought up in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Detroit as well as St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fowlerville. He was also a 42 year member of AA, a 65 year member of the I.B.E.W Local 17, as well as a member long time member of the Foresters. He was loved by all who met him and will be missed by all for his smile and good nature. He was a hard worker his entire life which started out as a paper boy when age 8 and continued throughout his life until 1997, when he retired from his job and selling his company. He was a friend to all neighboring kids and they would wait for him to get home from work and greet him as if he was their father. He always had candy and a few encouraging words for them and more than once would give them money for pop or ice cream at the store or tomatoes from his garden. He was very generous to all and will be missed by all who knew him. When ask what he wanted on his tombstone, he answered, just put “He was a hard worker” Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County EMS or Habitat for Humanity in his honor. His many AA friends may want to remember him by a donation to their local district or AA meeting.
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