Neil Louis Snider, 87, of Chatfield, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Neil was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Clayton, Wis., to Henry and Lydia (Meyer) Snider. He attended school in Clayton. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944. He was with the 11th Airborne Division, G. Company, 188th Parachute Infantry and helped open the gates to free prisoners at Yokohama Air Field. Neil was honorably discharged in 1947. On Aug. 31, 1952, Neil and Ramona Quaderer were married in Lindstom. The couple moved to Chatfield in 1953. Neil worked at The Chatfield News for Merlin Matzke and Gene Lehman before buying the newspaper in 1970 and also operated Snider Publishing. He also owned a dry-cleaning in Chatfield from 1955-1965. Neil retired from the printing business in 1996.

Neil was very involved in the community. He was president of the Commercial Club, secretary of the Chatfield Development Corp., scout master for Boy Scouts; a 15-year member of the Western Days Board, 50+ year member of the Chatfield Masonic Lodge, a member of the Dragon Patrol and Shriners and a member of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, serving several teams as an elder. Neil was also a member of the American Legion in Chatfield for 55 years, serving as commander for 5 years and a life member of the Chatfield VFW. He also had several old cars that he enjoyed.

Neil is survived by his wife, Ramona, of Chatfield; one son, Keith (Pat) Snider, of Bay City, Wis.; three grandchildren, Philip (Jennifer), Lynn and Gregory Snider; and eight great-grandchildren, Serenna, Kaylee, Cruz, Nick, Sydney, Isabella, Cade and Nolan. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Norma and Nelda; and two brothers, Norbert and Norval.

Visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 7, with a 7 p.m. Masonic service followed by the funeral at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield. Pastor Mark Docken of the Chatfield Lutheran Church officiated. Burial will be in the Clayton Cemetery in Polk County, Clayton, Wis.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310. rileyfuneralhomes.com