Barry J. Snyder

April 1, 2020

Barry J. Snyder passed away at Wesley Manor on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the age of 73.  His spirit of love and legacy lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.  Parkinson’s no longer binds him.

Barry was born on July 22, 1946 in Phoenix, Arizona to Buren & Betty (Bolen) Snyder.  He began a love story with Nancy Ricker and they married on March 29, 1968, celebrating 52 happy years together.

Special thanks to Barry’s soul brother Ed and his wife, Jane Ricker; treasured cousins, Lou Ann, Christie, Lea and Janet and much-loved little cousins.  Special appreciation to young friend Sam, soul sister Di Smith, his rock and roll dance partner, Diana Ross and all his visiting friends.

He leaves behind his church family at St. Matthews, loving caregivers, Rock Steady family, Guardian Angel Hospice, all the nurses, and health care workers at Wesley Manor, and Chaplain Deborah. He has joined His Heavenly Creator, daughter, Keely Jo and son, Rod Christian.

Barry loved life and his family.  While having many accomplishments, his greatest triumph was giving his life to God and believing “Thy Will be Done.” 


A Memorial Service as been planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church.  

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church. Donations in his memory may be made to Parkinson’s Foundation, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34232 or Guardian Angel Hospice, 513 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN 46902.

Survived by:

He leaves behind his wife Nancy, and treasured son, Rhett Matthew Snyder of Lilburn, Georgia.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Keely Jo, and son, Rod Christian.


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81 Condolences for “Barry J. Snyder”

  1. Butch Huffer April 1, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    So sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Eileen and I babysat Barry and K.D. Many times we had a lot of fun. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  2. Louise Smith April 1, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Nancy, I send love and sympathy knowing words can’t mend your heartache. I am holding you in my heart and Jim and I wish you peace.

  3. Linda Gibson Benge April 1, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy, Rhett and all. We will continue to lift you in prayer as we in the community, indeed our entire world, deal with this virus pandemic and the resultant distancing. Thank YOU Father GOD for providing Your strength, Peace and Presence as this family faces this day and the days ahead. Thank YOU GOD for Your Assurance. THY WILL BE DONE. AMEN.

  4. Deborah E. King April 1, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Nancy, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Barry. He his now cured and in no discomfort or pain. He is with his 2 special kids and his parents. I pray God arms around you will give you peace and comfort you through the next few weeks. Your friend Deb King

  5. Chris Carroll April 1, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Nancy, so sorry to hear the news of Barry’s passing. You had so many wonderful years together. May Barry rest in peace.

  6. Tara Evans April 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Nancy and Rhett, I’m so sorry to hear about sweet Barry. If there is anything that I can do to help you please don’t hesitate to call me. I will do whatever you might need. Love you lots!!, Tara Mae

  7. Ron Kerby April 1, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to Nancy & Rhett, Remember our football days and how tough Barry was but, he always took it easy on us underclassman.

  8. Vicki Albaugh April 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Hugs and prayers Nancy, my heart is crushed. Barry will be deeply missed. RIP Barry, fly high with the angels.

  9. Stevie Teter April 1, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Nancy, We’re so sorry for your loss. Having you by his side was his greatest blessing. Thinking of you and Rhett. Love, Ed and Stevie

  10. Bill Tankersley April 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Barry was 2 years behind me in High School. We played football together. I haven’t seen Barry since ’65. But good people always stay in your memory. My condolences to his family.

  11. Jacque Douglas April 1, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    My sincerest condolences to you and Rhett. Barry is now at peace and no longer struggling. You were so devoted to him and saw that he had quality care. I will always think of him as a fun guy, who enjoyed life. I am glad I was able to see him one day last fall when I was visiting at Wesley Manor. Then the week before that I enjoyed our conversation when I visited your store. As you grieve Barry’s passing, I hope the thoughts and prayers of your friends and family and many fond memories comfort you. Take care of yourself. With deepest sympathy, Jacque

  12. Joe Root April 1, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    I went to school with Barry he was always a great individual and always had a smile on his face. I cherish the time that I had on earth with him. My condolences to his family. I know it’s never time to let someone go but he’s no longer suffering.

  13. Cindy Clark April 1, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Nancy. I just want you to know I cherish the memories we all made together in younger years. I’m here for you if you need me and I love you and am praying for you and Rhett.

  14. Marylynn Peter April 1, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Nancy, so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. I always enjoyed waiting on both of you at the Common Grounds and you both became friends quickly. Barry was a great guy and enjoyed talking with him. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  15. Tom Houston April 2, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Nancy I’m sorry to hear about Barry. I always enjoyed talking to you guys… sending love and prayers.

  16. Kelly Stokes April 2, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Our deepest condolences to you, Nancy, and your family. God bless you all.
    Kelly & Danny Stokes
    Charlie Long

  17. Bob & Janie Shurr April 2, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Nancy, Everyone who knew Barry loved him. We are praying for your peace to be given from our Prince of Peace during this most difficult time in your life! John 14:27 and our prayers, Bob & Janie Shurr

  18. Susan Davis April 2, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Nancy and Rhett, I am so sorry for your loss. I used to love watching Barry dance at The Teener Club in the good old days. I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know, but he loved both of you dearly. He will be missed.

  19. Rose and Joe Lashbrook April 2, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Nancy, So sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Our hearts ache for you.

  20. Frank Beardsley April 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

    What a sweet man (and wife).

  21. Fred Baker April 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Truly sorry for your loss. Barry was such a great guy. I remember the first time I met him, my Dad took me over to see his dragster. Then many years later we got to hang out and go places with our hot rods. I remember sitting with Barry under our canopy, either staying dry from the rain or shelter from the blazing sun. Had lots of good times with Barry. He’ll be missed.

  22. Toby Leach April 2, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Sorry for your loss, he was one of the good guys.

  23. Lance Wainscott April 2, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Nancy and Rhett,
    I want to say that my heart and prayers are with your family today. As I look back along the years of my life, there are people and families that stand out in my mind….the Snyder family is one of those. I am thankful, very thankful, to have known and spent time with Barry. Nancy, please know that I am praying for you to have strength and healing during this time.

    Love you all,
    Lance Wainscott and family

  24. Sandy (Stewart) Glover April 2, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Jerry & Elaine Young April 2, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Nancy, So sorry to here of Barry’s passing. Loved all the time we rode to Alcoa together, sending our love and prayers.

  26. Barbara Staton McCarty April 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Nancy, please know you and your family are in my thoughts. You guys were such good neighbors and we loved your animals.

  27. Jay Taylor April 2, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Barry, rest peacefully. I am glad I knew you. I won’t forget our trip to Chicago Old Town. Nancy, my deepest sympathy.

  28. Janie Snodgrass April 2, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    So sorry Nancy. He was a wonderful man, and I loved taking care of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Rhett.

  29. Patty Deford April 2, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Nancy sending you a distance ((((Hug)))). I was honored in caring for Barry. Loved when I walk toward him and he would smile when he noticed me. He’s at peace now. Please rest and enjoy the so many good memories you two made. (((Hugs)))

  30. Ellen Roettger April 2, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Nancy, Dow and I were so sorry to hear about Barry’s passing. Blessings to you and your family. I’m sure he is with his Lord and all the angels. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dow and Ellen Roettger

  31. Denny and Geraldine April 2, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    My old friend, Our hearts are broken on hearing the news of Barry’s passing. You and Barry were Denny and my rocks in the old days. He has moved forward to a new life as you will move forward with your new life. I know you’ll be as strong now as you have ALWAYS been. I will contact you when we get home from Florida. Always in my heart. Love to you and your family. – Denny and Geraldine

  32. Jason Tolson April 2, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Barry was a great guy. Rhett and Nancy my condolences.

  33. Andrea Shriver April 2, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Barry was a good man & family man. Always friendly to me. Sad about his leaving us. But God has him now in Heaven. Nancy I am praying for you.

  34. Kathy Barker April 2, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss Nancy. I always loved it when he smiled at me.

  35. Bill and Jenny Mohler April 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    We will always miss our forever friend and best man. Loving you Nancy and Rhett, always here for you both.

  36. Kathy Blanch April 2, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Nancy and family, Sending my sympathy to you at this sad time at the passing of your beloved Barry.

  37. Megan Hoyer April 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Rhett and Nancy.

  38. Jenni Stedman April 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Nancy and Rhett what a great man he was. Uncle Jay and him are dancing away in heaven. Thoughts and prayers from our family.

    Nate, Jenni, Keiton, Brody and Bennett Stedman

  39. Cheyanne (Snyder) Price April 2, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Thinking of you Nancy and Rhett…and all that loved Barry. Continuous prayers for comfort.

  40. Brett Disinger April 2, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    So sorry Nancy, you have my prayers and sympathy!!

  41. Mark April 2, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Sorry for you loss. Barry was one of the greatest people I have ever meet and became friends with.

  42. Heather Nolan April 2, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Nancy- my heart goes out to you in this time! My mom always fills me in on how you are! Know we are praying for you!
    Much love,
    Heather Knuckles Nolan

  43. Becky Walker April 2, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Oh, Nancy. I’m so sorry to see this. Hugs and prayers for you, my friend. God bless.

  44. Jeanie Thompson April 2, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Nancy, We’re sending you hugs and love during this time of sorrow. We had so many fun times at group and loved Barry’s knowledge about music. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks ahead. Love you so much, Jeanie and Gary

  45. Christa Plass April 2, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Christa, Connor, Colin, and Colston

  46. Carla Williams April 2, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your and Rhett’s loss, I had no idea. I cherish my teenage memories of baby sitting for your boys. You and Barry were the perfect, happy and beautiful couple. Prayers for your comfory.
    Love, Carla

  47. Teresa Cronkhite April 2, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    My sympathies for you and Rhett. I know that with the love and care you have given him over the past few years must create many mixed emotions. Your love for each other was a beautiful example to many. God bless you and Rhett during this time of sorrow.

  48. Terry Fincher April 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Rhett my heart is breaking for you buddy. God bless you and your Family…..Love ya Man!

  49. Mike April 2, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    So sorry Nancy. Barry was a good man. He will be missed by many. Enjoyed talking to him at car shows on Thursday nights on the square. Prayers.

  50. Jerry Graves April 2, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Jerry Graves

  51. Chris Guffy April 2, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Nancy. Your devotion to Barry was unending as the two of you battled his disease. May the fond memories you hold in your heart comfort you in the days to come. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

  52. Sarah Trent April 2, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    Nancy and Rhett, so sorry to hear about Barry. He was such a sweet man with a kind heart. Sending you much love, hugs and prayers. Sam & Sarah Trent

  53. John Doan April 3, 2020 at 12:26 am

    So sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Barry and Nancy were wonderful friends and neighbors of the Doan’s for many years. I remember Barry as a gentle giant, a good football player in high school, and with wife, Nancy, a welcome, friendly force in the neighborhood who always had time to say a friendly hello. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to Nancy, Rhett and family, and all of Barry’s many friends. John and Vi Doan

  54. Mark Smith April 3, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Nancy and family, so sorry for your loss. The world lost one of the best ones but the heavens gain one. It was my honor to know both Barry and Buren. To work with him on his street rods, at least the last two, was some of the best times ever at my shop. To see his face lite up when he could finally turn the key and be off and running was the best, I was so humbled to be asked to be part of that. Thanks again for those times. Gone but never forgotten.

  55. Judy Snow April 3, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Dear Nancy,
    I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s death. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    In Christ, Judy (Teeguarden) Snow

  56. Becky Swan Howe April 3, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Roger & I we’re so sorry to learn of Barry’s passing. I last saw Barry in Macy’s in Lafayette. He gave me a hug and kiss. What a special and kind guy! Nancy, you were so blessed to have Barry as your husband. Please know so many of his/your friends are thinking of you. Roger & I now live in Florida full time, but we miss our Frankfort friends. Hugs to you!
    Becky Swan Howe

  57. Sandie Redington April 3, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Nancy and Rhett, so very sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. He is now healed and in the arms of our Heavenly Father. I remember we stopped by the house, and he couldn’t wait to show David his garage and his cars. God Bless you. Much Love, Sandie and David Redington

  58. Lea April 3, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    My heart aches with the loss of Barry and for your pain at this time Nancy. He wasn’t only family but a friend to all of the cousins. His smile would light up a room, especially when the six pack (the girls) would come through your door. I’m so grateful to have known him all these years and will forever have him in my heart and mind. I love you and I’m here for you while walking through your next path in life as Barry will be as he walks with God.

  59. Melanie Byers April 3, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Nancy, I was so sad to hear of Barry passing. My prayers are with you. May you receive God’s peace and strength in the coming months.

  60. Gene Ritchie April 3, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Nancy, I’m sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    Gene Ritchie

  61. Darryl Reed Gunyon April 3, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Thoughts and prayers Nancy in you hour of need. All my love to you and your family.

  62. Greg Spray April 3, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Barry was truly one of the “good guys”! Although a year younger, I began a friendship with Barry that started in Little League. He was always our catcher, and a damn good one! I don’t believe I ever missed a Class of ’64 reunion, thanks to High School sweetheart and my wife of 51-years, Phyllis Good; it was great to see Barry there (sometimes briefly) and to talk about the fun times we had growing up in Frankfort.

    Rest in Peace, my friend…you are Home now! Bless you too, Nancy

  63. Phyllis Shearer April 3, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Nancy, Barry was such a wonderful person. He will be missed so much. Sincerely, Phyllis Adair Shearer

  64. Jacque & Joe Snyder April 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Nancy & Rhett, We are so sorry for your loss. Barry was such a good guy and we will miss him. We have a lot of connections: same neighborhood for many years, and our kids grew up together. Barry was always there to help in any way he could. We will be praying for you and your family. Love, Jacque & Joe Snyder

  65. Kylee Schimmel April 3, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Nancy and family. We are so very blessed to had the chance to know Barry. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.

    The Toney’s & Family

  66. Carolyn Sharp April 3, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Nancy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and Carolyn Sharp

  67. Darlene Howe April 4, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Nancy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers

  68. Wayne Jarrett April 4, 2020 at 11:24 am

    My heart goes out to the family. I pray God will comfort you all during this time of sorrow. I love you Rhett like you are my brother. If you or your mom need anything please don’t hesitate to call. Barry was a great man.

  69. Jan McGill April 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Dear Nancy and Rhett – My heart goes out to you. I have such fond memories of Barry Joe. I called him Barry Joe, and he called me Jansie. We took tap dancing lessons together as children, so our greeting was always, “Hey, Barry Joe – do you tap dance??” I shall miss his wonderful smile and cherish the memories!

    Love, Jan

  70. Deborah Musick April 4, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Nancy, thank you for the time we spent together, and sharing your love story with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Chaplain Deborah

  71. Nathan and Vicki Hale April 4, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Nancy, we want you know how saddened we were to hear about Berry. You have fought a good fight your whole life. We pray that God’s ever loving arms hold you tightly throughout this new period of life. We send our love and hugs.
    Nathan and Vicki Hale

  72. Colonel Mike Plumback April 4, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Cousin, so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. He is now at peace and hopefully you can find yours. I still remember your wedding with the reception at the old Elks Club. The picture with you outside the window with Barry was gut wrenching. I wish the best for you now and always. Mike

  73. Gordon and Janice Gill April 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Nancy and family,
    We send our sincere condolences to you and Rhett at this sad time. Know that you are remembered in prayer.

  74. Julie Ingels April 5, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Nancy and Rhett, I was so sorry to hear about Barry. Such a kind man. I hope you can feel the hugs and prayers coming to you from me.

  75. Sarah Bogard April 5, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Nancy, So sorry for your loss. Barry was a great guy and wonderful class mate! RIP Barry!

  76. Bill & Bonnie Ferrel April 5, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Nancy, We are so sorry to learn of Barry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  77. Rose Peterson April 5, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    So sorry for youy loss Nancy. We know he is not having to suffer anymore. Love and prayer for you and the family.
    Rose Peterson

  78. Gary April 6, 2020 at 8:23 am

    We have lost a true gentleman. Barry brought so much joy and positivity to all who came in contact with him. His dedication to family and love of car culture will always be fondly remembered. We are thankful his struggles have ended, God has welcomed him home. Prayers for you Nancy and Rhett.

  79. Angela Shuler Sceggell April 6, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    My heart aches for your loss. You and all of the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  80. Maura Felts April 9, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Dearest Nancy & Rhett-

    Sometimes words just fail, this is one of those times. I think of the many years we all have been friends, more like family really. The miles between us have never gotten in the way of our closeness. That we can’t be with you right now Nancy, due to social distancing, to comfort and hug you breaks our heart. Please know that we are with you and Rhett in spirit and prayer every single day. I do smile when I think of Barry’s immediate acceptance of my Jimmy. So heartwarming to both of us, but that’s just who he was. His love of music defined him and we won’t ever be able to hear certain tunes without thinking of him and countless other times as well. He was a good an loyal friend whose attributes cannot all be mentioned in this space. We’ll close by saying thank you Nancy for taking such good care of our friend always and that our lives were improved greatly just by knowing Barry. We will remember him and his smile always.

    With Sympathy, Blessings and our Love,
    Maura & Jimmy Felts

  81. Alan Brown June 30, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. We had an amazing couple of years of racing together. He was a great guy and great family man. Having lost my wife of 48 years last November, I know he will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Rest in peace my friend.

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