Ronald Lynn Snyder, 57

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ronald Lynn Snyder, 57, of Austin, Minn., died Saturday morning, Aug. 6, 2011, at Prairie Manor Nursing Home in Blooming Prairie, Minn.

Ronald Snyder

He was born Oct. 2, 1953, the son of Ronald and Arlis (Haskin) Snyder in Austin. He attended school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1972. After graduation, Ron worked as a machinist at John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1979, he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Cedar Falls, Iowa and was paralyzed from the waist down. In 1986, Ron moved to Jordan and helped operate and was part owner of the Northern Belle Truck Stop in Belle Plaine for three years. In 1993, he married Janet Berglind and they were married for about seven years and then divorced. He attended school for computer-aided drafting and worked for the engineering firm Dunham and Associates. He also started Snyder Services, which assisted with the design drafting for bridges as well as contracting with HGA. He enjoyed working at computers from the time they first became popular. He never let his injury stop him from trying new things; he enjoyed trap and targeting shooting, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Ron was a member of First United Methodist Church of Austin. He entered Prairie Manor Nursing Home on July 19, 2011.

Ron is survived by five sisters, Judy (Kenneth) Adams of Rochester, Cheryl (Bill) Adams, Janet (Brian) Johnson, Susan (Ed) Wells and Connie (Mike) Hines, all of Austin; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Vesta Haskin and Fred A. and Myrtle Snyder; parents, Ronald and Arlis Snyder.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Austin with Rev. David Aaker and Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and one hour prior to the service at the church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at