ROBERT K. SNIDER, MD - October 7, 1940 - March 12, 2001

Billings Gazette
Billings, Montana

The next time you hear the Eagles sing Hotel California, or One of These Nights, or listen to Streisands peerless voice, think of Bob Snider. Hell be playing his air guitar, neck veins distended, trying to hit those notes right along with them.

Bob was produced in West Virginia, along with Hot Rod Hundley and Chuck Yeager. His family joined the western migration of the 1950s, seeking jobs and opportunities.

He attended college in Arizona and medical school at UCLA before heading to Utah for specialty training in orthopedic surgery.

One week after graduating medical school, he married his only wife and life-long love, Linda Steele, of Santa Barbara, Calif.

The environmental thrust of the early 70s, plus the open-hearted people of this region, convinced them that Billings was the place to live their adult lives. Bob practiced orthopedic surgery, bicycle riding, fatherhood and husbanding here since 1972. He was still trying in all these areas at the time of his death.

He enjoyed the companionship of wonderful partners in Orthopedic Surgeons, P.S.C., as well as the medical community in general. He never once regretted his decision to enter medicine.

He held Board positions at both community hospitals, the Northern Rockies Surgicenter, and held several committee positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Some remember him best as the team physician for the Billings Bighorns Hockey Club.

Bobs leaving was natural and inevitable; but those among you who knew him should carry high his good traits and not repeat his mistakes. And remember hit the high notes when Jim Croces singing.

In addition to Linda, hes left you with three good citizens, Kristin, Erika and Jon, who are as lucky as he: they are doing what they like to do, and have someone to love.

Robert K. Snider, MD (Bob), of Billings, passed away of natural causes on Monday, March 12, 2001, while on vacation with his family.

Bob was born on Oct. 7, 1940, in Grantsville, W.Va., son of William Dale Snider and Edna Richards Snider.

Bob spent his younger years in Grantsville and then moved to Coolidge, Ariz., at the age of 14. Upon graduation from high school, Bob attended pre-med at the University of Arizona and medical school at UCLA in California, graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree. Following their marriage, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Bob did his medical surgical internship and began his orthopedic residency, which was interrupted with going to Vietnam for a year as a member of MACV team 22, stationed in Qui Nhon. He was then stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He served in the Army Reserve, September 1968 to June 1971.

In 1968, Bob and Linda returned to Salt Lake City and Bob re-entered his orthopedic surgery residency. In 1972, the family moved to Billings and Bob began his orthopedic practice with Orthopedic Surgeons, P.S.C., a profession he always loved.

Bob retired in 1997 and took a sabbatical at Multipurpose Arthritis Center at Brigham and Womans Hospital at Harvard Medical School. This was an incredible experience for him and a great time of freedom and fun with Linda.

Bob was presently enjoying playing the guitar and singing with his band, The Mid-Life Chryslers, wood-working, writing, consulting and still doing his much-loved research. He always loved his computer 227 what a toy it was for him. He loved the great times he spent with family and friends. He was most pleased with the book he edited, Essentials of Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Bob was a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Research Society, Montana Medical Association, Yellowstone Valley Medical Society, Western Orthopedic Association, Northern Orthopedic Society, American Orthopedic Association, and was on several committees for the Academy of Orthopedic Surgery In 1972, he was given the North American Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopedic Association.

Bob was most proud of his children, Kristin, Erika and Jon and his grandchildren, Kellen and Makena (Erika). He loved his nephews, Andrew and Jeffery Steele, Kimberley Steele Reyes and his half-brother Todd Snider of Arizona (wife Sandy and Natasha and Jon). Bob is also survived by his cousins, Bill Richards (Charlene and son Blake), Dick Richards (Nita and daughter Diane), Vivian Richards (Gary, Jennifer and Tamy), Terry Harris (Larry and children Alissa and Casey) and Ila Grey Snider. Bob will miss his mother-in-law Jean Steele of California, brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dale and Lyn Steele, Dan and Vivian Steele, his adopted sons, Gord Kluzak, Gord Stafford and Brent Gogol and Jons fiancee, Stephanie Hansen. He also leaves an extended family of friends that meant the world to him and his family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

Bob, the void you are leaving is beyond words, you gave us all so much and we will remember forever your generosity, your love, kindness, intelligence, humble nature, talent and a sense of humor like no other. You will be greatly missed, husband, best friend, father, grandfather and friend.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Mayflower Congregational Church.

Memorials may be made to the Dr. Robert K. Snider Memorial for Medicine and Education, c/o Bill Tierney, 3717 Otis Lane, Billings, MT 59102.

Michelotti, Sawyers & Nordquist has charge of arrangements.