Harold E. Snedden, M.D., 100, of Sandusky, passed away early Tuesday afternoon, July 2, 2013, at his residence following a brief illness, just 11 days after celebrating his 100th birthday.
He was born June 21, 1913, in Murray City, Ohio, son of the late Albert and Ina (Rau) Snedden. He grew up in Marion, Ohio, and later moved to Zanesfield, Ohio, where his parents operated a family restaurant. He graduated from Zanesfield High School in 1932. Harold earned his pre-med degree at Ohio Northern University in 1936 and his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1940. His general surgery and orthopedic residencies were at the Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in Cincinnati.
Dr. Snedden served in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon, 1942-1945, with the 357th Fighter Squadron in World War II. The 357th was the first unit to be equipped with the P-51 Mustang. They were the second highest scoring fighter group in the "Mighty 8th" and had many aces including, Brig. Gen. "Chuck" Yeager who was later to become the first man to break the sound barrier. Dr. Snedden was discharged with the rank of major.
After the war he completed his orthopedic training at the Crile Veterans Hospital in Cleveland and spent a year of pediatric orthopedic training in Morgantown, W.Va.
He began the practice of orthopedic surgery on Aug. 1, 1949, retiring in 1974. He was also the plant physician at Ford Motor plant in Sandusky until 1982.
Dr. Snedden was an avid boater and fisherman. He enjoyed playing pool and making furniture and doing woodworking for his family and friends. He spent many winters in Florida and loved fishing in the Keys. He received his captain's license from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1984.
Dr. Snedden was a recent member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a member of the American Legion, the Sandusky Yacht Club, the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Society, Erie County Medical Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and Chief of Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital (now Firelands Regional Medical Center).
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marilyn (Zehringer) Snedden, whom he married on May 21, 1994, and who was his medical assistant for 25 years; a son, A. Graeme (Dr. Bich) Snedden, M.D. of Columbia, Mo.; two daughters, Marcia Adache and Rebecca (Robert) Knapp, both of Sebastian, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Snedden of Perrysburg, OH; ten grandchildren, Sophie Snedden, Christopher (Tracy) Hinsley, Sarina (David) Cheng, Matthew (Glenda) Hinsley, Adam (Monica) Adache, Erica (Alex) Cruz, Jody (Stephen) Burnett, Jessica (Joshua) Saks, Nicole and Michele Snedden; 10 great-grandchildren, Keegan, Allie and Anna Hinsley, Jaci and Alex Cruz, Garrett and Penelope Cheng, Ryan and Connor Burnett and Maya Adache; and niece, Leslie (Don) Fay as well as numerous other nieces and nephews; a special sister and brother-in-law, Roland and Dorothy Matter; two nieces, Lisa Snyder and Amy Wiswell; and a nephew, Jeffrey Matter.
Dr. Snedden was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Dorothy E. (Kinnard) Snedden (1992); his son, Dr.Stephen Snedden (2006); and his parents.
At his request, visitation will be private. A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. Snedden will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Philip Feltman will officiate. Burial will be Monday morning, July 8, at Zanesfield Cemetery, Zanesfield, Ohio.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Sandusky Central Catholic Tuition Assistance Fund, 410 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the donor's charity of choice.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Harold's family at davidfkoch.com.