Colonel (Ret) Paul Leo Snyders, born March 6, 1956, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Ellen Snyders. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan (nee Canent) and his adored daughter Alise Marie. He was brother to Libby (Glen) Travers, Laura (Randy) Ehret, Mary Ellen (Tom) Spearing, Sally (Jeff) Petree, Ann (Rocco) Fiordelisi, and Steven Snyders. He was son-in-law to Ramon and Nancy Canent and brother-in-law to Randy (Maribeth) Canent and Rob Canent. Also a beloved uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many.
Paul was a graduate of St. Louis University High School, Westminster College and University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Paul spent over 30 years in the United States Army, including 26 years on active duty in The Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Paul’s assignments included: Fort Hood, Texas, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, St. Louis, Missouri, Charlottesville, Virginia, Washington, DC, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Lee, Virginia, and Great Lakes Navy Base, Illinois. Upon his retirement in 2008, the family moved to Niceville (Destin), Florida, to enjoy the good life fishing, boating, golfing and sharing an afternoon beer with friends. As a skilled craftsman, Paul maintained their home in perfect condition and enjoyed sharing his skills with many. Recently, Paul and Susie re-located to Celebration (Orlando), Florida, where Susie still lives. They continued their happy life together, until ALS brought it to an end. Alise is in school at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where she will graduate with a PharmD in May 2021. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and a celebration of his life will be held at a future date, when circumstances permit.
Paul was grateful for an abundance of family, friends, peers and neighbors throughout his life. In recent years, there is so much gratitude to the VA Hospital and ALS clinic in Tampa, Fl, and the VA SCI clinic in Orlando. Every person we met gave us knowledge, assistance and support beyond the scope of the job. We could not have imagined what the last few years would have been like without the VA.
We also were fortunate to participate in two ALS studies based out of University of Florida, Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Again, everyone was wonderful and hopefully Paul’s participation will lead to a cure for ALS.
Donations can be sent to the ALS Clinic at the VA in Tampa. The info follows:
James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612
or online tampa.va.gov
specify ALS clinic