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Russell Grant Snyder


Russell Grant Snyder, both friend and family to many, and privately known as the “Gentle Giant”, was born October 26, 1956 in Jackson County, Missouri and departed this life on September 1, 2021 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Missouri at the age of 64 years, 10 months and 5 days.

He was the son of Ted Grant and Dorothy A. (Rahija) Snyder.

Russ spent his entire life in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1974. After graduation, Russ worked several places, eventually taking a position at Lake City Munitions Plant. He retired from Lake City with 18 years of service. Most recently he worked as a truck driver for AA Quarry in Holden/Kingsville, Missouri.

Russ was a kind man with a with a gentle soul who would help anyone in need. His quiet and caring nature was a positive influence in the lives of his family and friends.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Dorothy Snyder.

He will be greatly missed by his brother, Brian Snyder and wife Ann of Independence, Missouri and his sister, Shelley Snyder and husband Michael V. White of Kansas City, Missouri.

The family wishes to thank Nicole Famuliner and Mariah Lewis for their special place in Russell’s life and heart, and their attention to the family’s needs at this difficult time. 

Cremation has been accorded and no services are scheduled.

For those who wish to honor Russ, the family suggests donations to Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. The fund will support relief efforts in the Greater Kansas City area, including Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri; and Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Miami counties in Kansas. Grants will be made to 501(c)(3) public charities and public organizations. Donations may be made on line at Please note that the donations are “In Memory of Russell G. Snyder”.


10 Messages

  • Jim Greene Posted September 10, 2021 12:34 pm

    Russell was a good friend to all of the class of 1974, & he will sincerely missed.

  • George Gillespie Posted September 10, 2021 12:43 pm

    Everytime I came home I had to visit Russ. Will miss him.

  • Kathy Smith Posted September 10, 2021 1:08 pm

    I was sadden to hear of Russell passing. My dad Jerry Inman Ted and Russel use to hunt in Pleasant Hill. Comfort to the family at this time

  • Robin Wahler Posted September 10, 2021 1:17 pm

    Russell was my best friend for many years. I am heart broken

  • Katie Player Posted September 10, 2021 9:39 pm

    It hit me pretty hard when I heard about dear Russell’s passing. He was indeed a gentle giant and I can say one of the best friends and neighbor I could have had. I’ve known Russ, like so many of us, for 50+ years …. always so kind, soft spoken and respectful. I’ll never forget one hot summer day, he came into my driveway to tell me he had found our old dog in a grassy area dying. He carried our Lucy to my house and dug a grave in the scorching heat to give her a proper burial and the time he gave me a kind and soft shoulder to cry on when my Mother was dying. Russell …. there’s a special place in heaven for you my friend. Rest in peace. Forever in our hearts.

  • Mark Delich Posted September 12, 2021 3:04 pm

    Dear Cousins Shelley and Brian,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother Russ. Many years have gone by since we as children played at your family farm in Pleasant Hill. Riding horses, tractor rides, walking down to the pond, hanging around in your backyard and in the big old barn. Ahh and your mother, my Aunt Dorothy was magical! Fond memories for sure. Bless Russ and both of you.
    Mark Delich

  • Kathy Smith Posted September 13, 2021 12:47 pm

    I was sadden to hear of Russell passing. My dad (Jerry Inman) use to go hunting with him and his dad. I know all three are once again hunting

  • Sheryl White Posted September 18, 2021 7:10 pm

    Very surprised to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

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