THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas W. Snyder
Issue Date: April 26, 2018
Thomas William Snyder, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at his home after a battle with cancer, surrounded with the love and peace of his family.
Born Sept. 29, 1948, to Lola (Jean) and Frank Snyder, he grew up on a rural Oconto farm in a big family where he learned to be a hard worker. He worked for 50 years at Pomp's Tires, starting in the tire shop at age 19 and worked his way to Corporate Treasurer. In his early years at Pomp's, he completed his Bachelor's degree at UWGB. He was a valued and loyal employee and coworker.
He met and married his one and only love, Nancy Muchowsky in 1968 and they had three children. Family was important to him and his children and grandchildren lived all in the same area. There were weekly family dinners together, many gatherings and afternoons spent on the porch or out on the deck enjoying each other's company. He attended as many of his childrens and grandchildrens activities as possible, always cheering them on.
An avid Packer Fan, he held season tickets for many years and loved to tailgate before the games, no matter how cold the weather. He enjoyed Friday fish fries at Gipper's, dinner with family at The Union Hotel and supporting his son Eric and daughter-in-law Anna at a Cougars' show.
He was the rock of the family and even though he had many obstacles over the years, he tackled them head on. The motorcycle accident that put him in his wheelchair, the stroke a few years later, another stroke in 2018, and then the cancer diagnosis that ended his life, he never gave up and never stopped fighting.
With his help, his daughter, Debi, opened and operated Polka Tots in Pulaski for 22 years, a daycare center the grandchildren grew up in and many family members were involved in its operation over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children, Eric Snyder (Anna), Debi Lieuwen (Gary) and Beth Ruhland; six grandchildren; seven siblings, Mark (Kathy), Jane, Dan (JoAnn), Sue (Mike), Roger (Karen), Bruce (Debbie) and Doug (Diane) and many cousins; nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mike.
Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street on Friday, April 27 from 4 p.m. until time of a Service of Remembrance at 7 p.m.