Terry Courtland Snidecor, 81, of Mesa, died July 3, 2006. He was born April 25, 1925 in Ypsilanti, Mich.
After graduating from high school in Ypsilanti, Mr. Snidecor entered the Army. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. On "D" day, he jumped into Normandy. He was one of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He fought in the Rhineland and the Central Europe Campaign. He received many decorations including the French Fourragere, Belgium Fourragere, Victory medal, American Campaign medal, Republic of France medal, Army of Occupation medal, Overlord Medal for Utah and Omaha Beach, Good Conduct medal and the Orange Lanyard from Holland.
After the war, he worked in a body repair shop in Ypsilanti, then worked as a plumber.
After marrying his wife, Beverley, he worked at General Motors in Pontiac, Mich.
In 1960, the family moved to Prescott, where Mr. Snidecor started his own plumbing business. In 1964, the family moved to Tempe, where he worked at Reynolds Metal.
Later, he worked at Motorola and retired from there in 1987 as construction coordinator.
Before retirement, he started building a home in Pine. It was completed soon after he retired and Mr. and Mrs. Snidecor moved to Pine.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
He is survived by his wife, Beverley; children, Michael (Mei), Nancy (Stephen), Thomas (Patty) and James (Deb); grandchildren, Ted (Mari), Lilnda (Jason), Niel (Irene), Pamela (Rich), Alain, Travis and Eric; great-grandchildren, Curt, Cody, Thomas, Natasja and Bianca.
Services have been held. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Arrangements handled by Melcher Mortuary Chapel of the Roses in Mesa.