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Kim B. Snider

February 18, 1948 - May 12, 2021

Kim B. SniderSalem Oregon - Kim B. Snider, born on February 18, 1948, lost his battle with Covid-19 on May 12, 2021 at the age of 73.

The third child of eight, born to Raymond Snider and Joyce (Dalton) Snider, in Portland Oregon, Kim grew up on a farm in Barlow/Canby and was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He graduated from Canby High school in 1966 where his wrestling talent was noticed and took Kim to Oregon State University. Kim’s OSU days were always important to him and recalled with fondness and pride. Here he earned a Bachelors of Sciences in Health and a Masters Degree in Education setting him off on a career as a Health Educator. And here he met his first wife, Linda (Strange) Snider Gold and began a family. It was always with great pride that he spoke of his time as an OSU athlete. Kim was a 3 times All-American wrestler. He wrestled in Japan during a 6-week exchange. He even attended the 1971 Olympics in Mexico City as an alternate for Team USA. He is remembered at Gill Coliseum in the OSU wrestling Hall of Fame.

Kim taught Health and proudly coached state championship winning wrestling teams at Estacada, Woodburn, and Klamath Union High Schools. Later, he spent 25 years teaching Health to high school aged students with Oregon Youth Authority at Hillcrest, and Oak Creek.

In February of 1995, Kim married his sweetheart, Sue (Milo) Lowry Snider. The two met by accident when Kim dialed a wrong number and both liked what they heard on the other end of the line. Kim and Sue were world travelers together. They went “Wherever the roads would take us.”  In addition to regular Oregon coast and Central Oregon trips, they visited Italy, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, New York, Georgia and enjoyed a handful of cruises. But between all of their adventures, Kim and Sue would find time for family, friends and their beautiful backyard gardens. Between the two of them, Kim and Sue shared 8 children including steps and adopted.

Kim was described by those who knew him as a loving, kind, intelligent, willful, ornery, adventurous, engaging, spontaneous, and optimistic lover of life. Kim was a goer and a doer who wasn’t good at sitting still for too long. An outdoorsman, Kim hunted and fished with his brother Kevin and taught his children to love the outdoors through camping and hiking trips. He was known to have the largest pumpkins in the neighborhood including one behemoth named Audrey III. Having a passion for photography, he documented life around him almost constantly from weddings and graduations to family portraits and candid moments of everyday life. Kim left behind a legacy of thousands of images for his loved ones to enjoy for generations to come.

He is predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Joyce, and sister Raedene.

Kim is survived by his wife Susan.

He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings: Gerald Snider, Leila Stehman, Steven Snider, Lee Snider, Kevin Snider and April Taylor, his children:  Kelly Mcpherson, Darcy Olander, Tracy Snider, Jason Snider, and Kylee Morris, his step-children: Timothy Lowry, and Todd Lowry, adopted child: Annie Snider, his grandchildren: Michael, Duncan, Alicia, Sarah, Nathan, Jeremy, Mason, Ragan, Lincoln, McKinley, Kela, Mailei, Haley, Benjamin, Samuel, and Jacob, his great-grandchildren: Riley and Liam, and a whole lot of nieces and nephews.
A family only funeral will be held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service on May 25th with a graveside ceremony following. Due to Covid-19 restrictions both will have limited attendance. To attend the graveside ceremony please contact a family member. Both the funeral and graveside will be livestreamed. Access the live stream by joining the Facebook group at
A celebration of life will be planned when gathering restrictions are relaxed.
In lieu of sending flowers to the family, please consider making donations in his name to the OSU foundation by going to Then, scroll down to the drop down menu that says “Would you like to make your gift to honor someone special?”


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I will always remember Kim as an inspirational teacher who entered his classroom every day with enthusiasm and joy.  I am grateful he was part of our lives at Robert Farrell School and so sad to learn of his passing.  

Rest in peace Kim.  You were always the one to keep in touch with the family. You will be missed greatly.