Thomas Neil Snyder


Thomas Neil Snyder, 76, of Detroit, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit after a prolonged illness.

Born Sept. 19, 1938, in Seymour, Tom was the youngest child of Alf and Marie Deppert Snyder, both of whom preceded him in death.

He graduated from Immanuel Lutheran School in 1952 and Shields High School in 1957.

He attended Purdue University, Lafayette, Purdue East in Indianapolis and Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he graduated in 1962 with a degree in physical science. He earned his master’s degree at Newark College of Engineering.

He served in the reserves.

Tom worked in Newark, New Jersey, at Fisher Scientific Instruments, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. In 1973, after moving to Detroit, he traveled in both this country and abroad, to many troubled areas needing his aquatic/mechanical/chemical expertise for the company, OMI.

According to his wishes, his body was donated to science.

Survivors include a sister, Mae Ellen Schneider, Seymour; a brother-in-law, Amos Marckel, Maplewood, Minnesota; and 12 nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Maxine (Bud) Taylor, Lois (Leroy) Hageman and Donna Marckel; brother-in-law, George Schneider; and his siblings, Vernon Wayne Snyder and Carol Ann Snyder, both of whom died in childhood.