Lyndon Wayne Snider, 95, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on August 22, 2022.
The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm, Friday, August 26, 2022 at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with Michael Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.
Wayne was born to Thomas Dundass and Ethel May (Crawford) Snider on December 23, 1926 in Delhi, Oklahoma. He, along with his three brothers and sister, grew up during the Depression and Dust Bowl days in rural Oklahoma. He went to school at Delhi where he participated in basketball and baseball. Just short of his high school graduation Wayne was drafted and inducted into the U.S. Army on March 5, 1945. After serving in occupied Japan he was honorably discharged on December 11, 1946. In 2006 at his 80th birthday celebration, Wayne finally received his High School Diploma.
He married Alma Mae Baker in 1949 and they made their home in Amarillo, Texas where they raised three daughters.
In Amarillo Wayne worked at the Zinc Smelter before purchasing and operating the Circle Service Gulf Oil station. Later he became an oil jobber for Gulf Oil and a partner in Pride Petroleum. In 1965 Wayne restored his first wagon, currently owned by the Will Rogers Range Riders. Wayne owned and operated Wayne’s Wagon Works where he restored or repaired over 150 wagons, including horse-drawn hearses, stagecoaches, hitch wagons, tank wagons, carriages, surreys and buggies. He joined the Will Rogers Range Riders in 1955. While a Range Rider he was a member of the Grey Horse Drill Team from 1972-1974 and Trail Boss for over 50 years.
He married Linnie Fay Shirley in 1981.
He loved hunting, fishing, traveling and story telling. Wayne was known as “Okie” to many of his friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Mae Snider, a second wife, Linnie Fay Snider, a sister, Geraldine Wester, three brothers, Jack, J.L. and Dwight, and a grandson, Jordan Scott Breitnauer.
He is survived by daughters Kathryn Finley (Joel), Barbara Breitnauer (John), and Tricia Shriver (John); five grandchildren, Danny Finley, Shaun Finley, Nicholas Breitnauer (Brooke), Ashley Breitnauer, and Sally DeWitt (David), three great-grandchildren, Emersyn Lane DeWitt, Jordan Maxwell Breitnauer and Casey June Breitnauer, and a very special friend, Mary Johnson.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association.
The family of Wayne Snider wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Plum Creek Place and Enhabit Hospice.