James H. Snyder

James H. Snyder, 79, of Kansas City, Missouri, died in his home June 10, 2016.

Dr. Snyder was preceded in death by his parents, Paul F. and Alice (Peterson) Snyder and his beloved wife of 57 years, Ida M. Snyder. He is survived by 4 children, Jeri Lea Kisala of Boston, Jeanine Kay Williams and her husband Scot of Council Bluffs, Deanna Lynn Snyder of Lee’s Summit and James Randel (Randy) Snyder and his wife Sheila of Independence; 9 grandchildren, Nicholas, Rachel, Christy, Melissa, Scott, Anna, Rabin, Luke, and Arun; a great-granddaughter Leona; brother Frederick R. Snyder, sister Judith R. Johnson and many other family members.


A lifelong musician, he served in the Navy from 1956-1960, received BA and MA degrees in music from the University of Montana and DMA from the University of Missouri at Kansas City; was a high school or college band director and music teacher for many years; served several churches as organist, choir director or music minister; and has enriched the Kansas City area with his knowledge, love and talent for music, especially jazz, for 45 years. Member of Scottish Rite.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm with a memorial service immediately following at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS.


The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to:


Longview Christian Church

850 SW Longview Rd.

Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences
Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Jun. 10th 2016 | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “James H. Snyder”

  1. Sally Dea Says:

    prayers and sympathy to your family Jeanine.

  2. Judy & Gerry Bennett Says:

    Extending our sympathy to the family

  3. Independence Boulevard Christian Church Says:

    Our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jim. May the Lord keep you and guide you.

  4. Robert Hayter Says:

    Jim was one of the nicest person I have ever Known, I will always remember our visit with Him at his Cabin in Montana, where he let us pick all the different verities of large Cherry’s from His trees and Made a fresh cherry pie from pie cherry and shared with us to eat at his cabin Jim was also a very good Cook, We also enjoyed his music while Playing at the Gaslight Grill. We will all miss Him, Bob and Jan Hayter.,

  5. Ellen Weinstock Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, Deanna and family. I only met Jim at Deanna’s wedding, where he and his band were playing the most wonderful music. I know that he was so beloved.

  6. Tim Wessley Says:

    Randy, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family.

  7. Calvin McBride Says:

    a great musician and all around good guy–enjoyed singing for him at Overland Park Christian Church and listening to the jazz groups he played with. He and Ida were so generous and welcoming–enjoyed some good cookouts at Lake Paradise. It’s hard to believe that someone with so much get up and go has passed on. He never wasted time sleeping.

  8. Charles D. Williams Says:

    My prayers go out to you. Jim was my teacher at Penn Valley and such a big influence on my life with his piano talent and his kind disposition. A very calm man. Rest in Peace in peace Jim, and thank you for all wonderful gifts of music!

Leave a Reply


10901 Johnson Dr.
Shawnee, KS 66203

P  (913) 631-5566
F  (913) 631-2236
E  mail@amosfamily.com