Lloyd "Merle" Snider, 89, beloved husband, father and Pampa, passed away at home on Sunday, May 17, 2020, from natural causes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not hold a public visitation or a traditional funeral service. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. A graveside service is at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at Elmwood Cemetery. According to the family's wishes, those who attend must wear a mask and practice six-foot social distancing.
Memorial donations can be made to First Christian Church, 1600 State Street, Augusta, KS 67010. Headley Funeral Chapel of Augusta is in charge of arrangements.
Merle was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Wichita, to the late George C. and Alice (Sheppard) Snider. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1949 and attended Butler County Community College on a football scholarship. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve until 1954. He was a volunteer fireman for more than 20 years for the Augusta Department of Public Safety. He started selling cars in 1964 for Scholfield Brothers in downtown Augusta. He continued his career in the car business, where he owned and operated Merle Snider Motors in Winfield.
Merle loved having his family around him as often as possible. He also enjoyed going down to the business when he was able. He was a former member of Winfield Rotary, the Augusta Elks Club and the Augusta Lions Club, and a current member of First Christian Church of Augusta. He married Lucille Newport on July 6, 1953, who survives him.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard, Dwane and Hubert "Sam" Snider; and sisters, Alice Jean Thompson and Louise Bybee.
He is survived by son, Edward Timothy Snider, of Augusta, daughter, Debbie Snider, of Augusta, son, Rick (Lori) Snider, of Winfield, and daughter, Tammy (Bryan) Wilson, of Augusta; grandchildren, Andrea (Shawn) Davis, of Augusta, Christine Sims, of Augusta, Abby (Jimi) Bryan, of Augusta, Ryan (Amy) Kilby, of Wichita, Travis (Shaina) Wilson, of Augusta, Taylor Snider, of Wichita, and Dylan Snider, of Wichita; and 12 great-grandchildren.