Honorable Judge Clement H. Snyder Jr., 90, of Stewartville, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Stewartville Care Center, in Stewartville, MN.
Funeral Mass for Clement will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield, MN. A Rosary will be held at 9:00 a.m. Public visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m., with the Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Canton, MN.
Clement was born on January 22, 1930 in Lacrosse, WI to Clement and Lucille (Stork) Snyder. Clement attended and graduated from Canton-Milwaukee High School. He then attended college at Notre Dame in Indiana, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Law. After law school, Clement joined the United States Marines Corps., where he served in the JAG Corps.
Clement returned to the Fillmore County area after the Marines where he purchased a law firm in Preston, Snyder Law Office. Clement was appointed as a District Judge by Governor Wendell Anderson in 1977 and was re-elected multiple times until 1997 when he retired, serving for 20 years, as well as filling in when needed for several years following his retirement.
Clement took pride in raising his horses, horse-riding, and was a part of the Preston and Chatfield Saddle Clubs. He liked to spend time at Forestville State Park, where he enjoyed camping and riding horses with his friends and family. He attended multiple rides in Northern Minnesota, Black Hills, South Dakota, and Missouri. Clement assisted with the building of the horse arena in Chatfield. He was instrumental in hosting the fun show during Chatfield Western Days. He had 450 acres for his beef cattle, along with 70 thousand chickens, which he supplied eggs to Channel 1. He also enjoyed the yearly gathering to brand cattle.
Clement had a strong faith in God. He enjoyed singing, going to church, and attending Catholic and Lutheran churches in his life. He also made an effort to support Catholic Charities. Clement loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
Clement is survived by his children Scott (Linda) Snyder of Spring Branch, TX, James (Valerie) Snyder of White Bear Lake, MN, David Snyder of Maplewood, MN, Mara Snyder of Preston, MN, Richard (Linda) Snyder of Phoenix, AZ, Gregory Snyder of Richardson, TX, Adrian (Katie) Snyder of Central Point, OR, Randolph (Susan) Snyder of Richardson, TX, Anthony Snyder of Rochester, MN, Phillip Snyder (Ashley Scherbenske) of Kirksville, MO and Eagan, MN; stepdaughters Chayla Erickson of Rochester, MN, Brenda (Tary) Kolek of Lime Springs, IA; grandchildren Caleb Snyder, Ciri Dollens, James Jr.., Joseph, Merry, Hallie, Logan, Erik, Sean, Clare, Noah, Jacob, Samantha, Callan, and Andrew Snyder, Alisha and Amiah DeWolf, Drew, Brady, and Emma Fratzke, Callan Snyder; great-grandchildren Payton, Robert, and Gunnar Dollens, Luca and Kendrick Snyder; brother Robert (Ileana) Snyder of Vallejo, CA, ex-wives Hallie Snyder of Spring Valley, MN, and Connie Snyder of Harmony, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dr. Ramon Snyder, and sisters Wilma and Nancy.
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