William (Billy) Snyder, 45, beloved and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend unexpectedly passed away on December 25, 2020.
Billy was born on June 22, 1975 in Davenport, Iowa. He spent his childhood years in Illinois and Missouri. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1993. His high school career was busy as an athlete, he wrestled and played football. His passion for wrestling continued at home with his dad, Bill, in a typical father-son way.
Billy proudly joined the United States Navy after graduation and served from 1993-1997 as a torpedoman on the submarine USS Boise. As a submariner, he was part of a small and unique fraternity. In 1997, after multiple deployments in the Northern Run, he was honorably discharged. The following year proved to be monumental as his daughter, Haley, was born.
After serving his country, Billy began his almost 23-year career at Oceaneering where he started as a mechanic and worked his way up to his current position as a Submarine Planning Supervisor. In the beginning of his illustrious career, his nick name of “Fraggle” was born. The name “Fraggle” was so fitting due to his hair choices, he had it tattooed on his arm.
Billy met his wife, Megan, in 2012. They immediately knew the paths of their lives were changing and they fell instantly in love. They wed on May 14, 2016 on the same beach that Billy proposed, Anna Maria Island in Florida. Billy’s father, Bill, officiated their intimate sunset ceremony. It was a perfectly beautiful evening for all.
After enjoying their newlywed title, they were ready to start a family together. On September 25, 2018, their world became whole when William Michael was born. William is the perfect blend of both Billy and Megan. His infectious smile and bright blue eyes light up an entire room. Anyone that meets him gravitates towards the charismatic personality he shares with his father. He will always be reminded that he is his daddy’s “Baby Buddy”.
In December of 2018 Billy also became a proud grandpa! Haley became a mom to Zayden, and it was amazing to see his little girl grow into a beautiful young woman. William and Zayden became instant best friends.
Billy had a passion for CrossFit. A few years after beginning his CrossFit journey, he became a Coach, later advancing to Level 2. The lives he impacted, and friendships established from this extraordinary community speaks for itself as we witness such an incredible outpouring of love. Megan followed in his footsteps and received her certification; they obtained their CrossFit Kids Certification together while Megan was pregnant. Their passion for this sport, lifestyle, and community was a huge part of their relationship and daily living. William has embraced this as well and he is a natural!
Billy is survived by his wife Megan; their son, William; his daughter, Haley; his grandson, Zayden; his father, William (Bill) Snyder (Sandy); his mother, Roberta Hernandez; loving sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Billy Snyder’s Memorial Fund on their Go Fund Me page would be greatly appreciated.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, 23462.
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