All of us here at Cowsmo extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mike.
Michael A. Snyder, age 76 of Baraboo, WI, passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 surrounded by his children at home. He was born on May 26, 1947 in Iowa City, Iowa to Allen and Bernice (Hardman) Snyder. He graduated from Williamsburg High School and earned his BS in Dairy Science from Iowa State University in 1972. On June 10, 1972, he married the love of his life, Barbara (Frotscher) Snyder in Farnhamville, Iowa.
Mike’s professional journey began with the National Holstein Association and he was initially based in Marshfield, WI, and later in Brattleboro, VT. In 1980 he relocated to Baraboo from New Hampshire to establish the Wisconsin Holstein Association Office and served as the general manager from 1980 to 1985. From 1985 to 1998, he owned and operated Snyder Sales, a cattle auction business. Mike contributed his expertise to various agricultural firms before retiring from the National Holstein Association in 2010. He remained a respected and active professional in the dairy industry and found great joy in working with youth and judging cattle shows at local and state fairs. He annually volunteered in the show ring at the World Dairy Expo in Madison.
Believing in the power of community involvement, Mike was a member of the First United Methodist Church, contributing to various committees, including the finance committee. He was a member of the Baraboo Elks Club and Jaycees and Jaycettes. He served as the president of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce and dedicated thirteen years as president of the Baraboo Country Club where he played a pivotal role in the creation of the current clubhouse.
Mike’s zest for life was unparalleled, and he formed meaningful connections with everyone he encountered. An exceptional grandfather, he took immense pride in the accomplishments of his family. Mike is survived by his children Jeffrey (Melanie) Snyder of Wynnewood, PA and Laura (Mike) Henrickson of Eagan, MN; his four grandchildren Zach, Julia, Max, and Madeline; his brother Dick (Pat Smith) of Orlando, FL; his sister-in-law Sally (Dean) Peterson of Madrid, IA; a niece and nephew Ben (Danny Cope) Frotscher of Phoenix, AZ and Nicole (Kyle) Kirchoff of Ankeny, IA; other relatives and many friends including Janell M. Miller who was a dear companion for many years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barb; his parents Allen and Bernice Snyder, his father and mother-in-law George and Betty Frotscher; and his brother-in-law Kent Frotscher.
A celebration of a life well lived will be held in the spring. Mike’s positive spirit and larger than life personality touched many even during challenging times. The family will announce preferred organizations for memorial gifts shortly. Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.