Millard Edward ‘Mike’ Snyder, 93, instrumental in the development of nuclear fuel manufacturing

Millard Edward ‘Mike’ Snyder

WILMINGTON — Mr. Millard Edward “Mike” Snyder, 93, died Monday, July 19, 2021. Born April 2, 1928, in Hudson, New York, he was the son of the late Jessie C. Snyder Moore. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannie DiSilva.

Mike grew up in Philmont, New York, and joined the U.S. Navy after high school. He shared many a story about traveling across the equator and in the Mediterranean during his enlistment. Upon his return, he started his professional career working for General Electric at Knolls Atomic Lab. It was there that Mike met his life long love, Regina. Mike and Regina were married Sept. 11, 1954.

Mike and Regina were fortunate to travel across the United States on a few occasions while Mike was with GE, moving from Schenectady, New York, to California, where he worked in several of their facilities. While at the Vallecitos Atomic Lab, he was instrumental in the development of nuclear fuel manufacturing with several patents under his name. It was during this same timeframe that he proudly served on the local Chamber of Commerce in the Pleasanton, California, area.

Mike then moved the family to Wilmington, as part of GE’s start-up team to continue the manufacture of nuclear fuel rods. It was in Wilmington where Mike retired from GE after 35-plus years.

In his personal life, Mike loved the water and enjoyed many days with his family at the beach, whether it be on their boat spending the day on Masonboro Island, or the many summers camping in Myrtle Beach. Some of his other hobbies included his love for plants; so much that he built his own personal greenhouses, and started a small business with Regina known as Snyder’s Greenery. In his later days, he became quite the coin collector and enjoyed showing off his collection whenever the opportunity presented itself.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his four children, Michael Snyder, and his wife, Ellen, of Dallas, Georgia, Mark Snyder, and his wife, Kathleen, of Wendell, Debora Harrell, and her husband, David, of Wilmington and Katherine Lyon, and her husband, Andrew, of High Point; and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a local charity of choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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