Larry Dean Snyder

June 13, 1943January 6, 2021
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Larry Dean Snyder, 77, of Greensburg passed away at his residence surrounded by family on January 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was born on June 13, 1943 in Bartholomew County, son of Dallas and Buelah DeSpain Snyder. Larry joined the Army August 1961 to August 1964. He joined the Decatur County Sheriff Department in 1968 to 1971 as a deputy under Clinton (Bud) Tucker, and January, 1971 to 1975 under Ed Schwendeman. Larry then ran for Sheriff and was elected from 1975 to 1979 and was reelected from 1979 to 1983. He served as a deputy from the next four years under Ralph Meer. In 1983 he ran for Sheriff again and served for the next 8 years. Larry retired from office in 1995, he was the only Sheriff in Decatur County to serve two 8 year terms and served proudly for 28 years. Larry belonged to the Westport Mason Lodge since 1981, the American Legion of Westport since 1988. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and was Optimist of the Year twice. Larry married Jeanette Manlief and they had three children, Son, Larry Ray, Son, Steven and Daughter, Buffy. He later married Barbara West in 1987, they were married 33 years until his death. Larry’s hobbies were playing Horseshoes, and softball with other police and fire departments. After retirement he collected baseball cards and Indiana artifacts with his sons. He also enjoyed playing golf with his best friend Clarence Wills and his sons at Wyaloosing Creek Golf Course. Larry and his wife loved camping and going to antique shops and flea markets. Survivors include, wife Barbara Snyder of Greensburg, sons, Larry Ray (Karrie) of Westport and Steven (Amanda) Snyder of Greensburg, daughter, Buffy Snyder of Columbus, brothers, Don (Marie) Snyder of Westport, Jack (June) Snyder of Greensburg, Rick Snyder of New Point, 5 grandsons, Larry Kenneth Snyder of Tennessee, Brandon Snyder of New Palestine, Travis Barr of Greensburg, Dustin Barkdull of Greensburg, Zomaice Barr of Indianapolis, two great granddaughters Sophia of Tennessee and Aleigh of Indianapolis, several nieces and nephews, one step daughter Angela (Kevin) Arnett of Sandusky, 2 step grandchildren, Jazmine McDonald and Derick Arnett, both of Sandusky, one step great grandson, Thomas Walters of Rushville. He was preceded in death by his parents Dallas and Buelah Snyder, one sister June Deaton and one grandson Hayden Zapfe. A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 10:30 until the time of the Funeral at 1:30 pm. The funeral will also be available on the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home Facebook Page. All visitors will have to wear a mask and observe social distancing, all public visitation guidelines are subject to change based on current Board of Health restrictions. Rev. Don Bates will be officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at


  • Dallas Snyder, Father (deceased)
  • Buelah DeSpain Snyder, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara (West) Snyder, Spouse
  • Larry Ray (Karrie) Snyder, Son
  • Steven (Amanda) Snyder, Son
  • Buffy Snyder, Daughter
  • Don (Marie) Snyder, Brother
  • Jack (June) Snyder, Brother
  • June Deaton, Sister (deceased)
  • Rick Snyder, Brother
  • Larry Kenneth, Grandson
  • Brandon Snyder, Grandson
  • Travis Barr, Grandson
  • Dustin Barkdull, Grandson
  • Zomaice Barr, Grandson
  • Hayden Zapfe, Grandson (deceased)
  • Angela (Kevin) Arnett, Step-Daughter
  • Jazmine McDonald, Step-Grandchild
  • Derick Arnett, Step-Grandchild
  • Thomas Walters, Step-Great Grandchild
  • Larry is also survived by two great granddaughters, Sophia and Aleigh.

  • Larry R. Snyder
  • Steve Snyder
  • Brandon Snyder
  • Larry K. Snyder
  • Dustin Barkdull
  • Travis Barr
  • Derrick Arnett


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Facebook Live Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Burial

    Saturday, January 9, 2021


Larry Dean Snyder

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Tim Byrd

January 15, 2021

Larry was a great person. He was a great neighbor to my dad. You are in my prayers

Larry Hagerty

January 12, 2021

Condolences to the family, Larry was a fine man.

Lori Wilson

January 9, 2021

Larry was always such a pleasant man. He will be missed by many. Our condolences to the family.

John & Lori Wilson

DeAnna Wesley

January 9, 2021

I'm so deeply sorry for the loss of Larry. He was a pivotal person in my life, especially in my younger years. I am grateful for the memories and I pray for peace for his children and grandchildren. He was a good man. May he rest in eternal happiness, until we meet again.

Linda Sandefur

January 9, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you. What an amazing man every time you would see him he'd always have a big smile on his face and always something cheery to say. He will be much missed by all. May god be with you and give you strength to make it through this trying time. God bless you All

Paul & Susie Cuskaden

January 8, 2021

Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for your family.

Lesia Liquori

January 8, 2021

Sweet dreams to you, Uncle Larry. You have earned your rest.
We will all keep your memory alive until we are all together again.
Sleep well.
Love you much❤
Ps....please hug my son for me.

Gary & Barbara Abplanalp

January 8, 2021

Sending our Deepest Sympathy. Larry was a Wonderful Person & Sheriff. He will be sadly missed. God Bless .

Pamela Borden Harden

January 8, 2021

What an amazing Man, heaven has gained! His years in the service, and all the years he was a Deputy and Sheriff, for Greensburg, is so memorable! I remember so well, seeing Larry in Trackside restaurant, with that beautiful smile of his! He was always so sweet to Pat and I, through the years, as he was to so many people in Greensburg! In later years Mom, Pat and I, were so fortunate to be able to see Barbara and her Sister at Bingo and we always asked about Larry! We ran into Larry and Barbara, (Can't remember where!) one time, and it was so good to see him after so many years! RIH, Larry! The Lord has a very special place in Heaven waiting for you! Tell Mommy, I said I love her!I love you, Barbara, and your in my prayers!

Bobby Hughes

January 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Larry was a fine man and I was made a better man by his friendship and his discipline.... Praying for strength, peace and comfort throughout this difficult time and the months to follow. God's Blessings to all..
Rick, if there is anything I can do don't hesitate to let me know!!