Licensed Funeral Director
Born and raised in the Sandy Lake, Robert graduated from the Lakeview High School in 1978, attended Shippensburg University and the Penn State Fayette campus and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Following an internship with the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home, Titusville, Robert returned to Mercer County purchasing the funeral home in Sheakleyville in 1985, in 1993 Robert was able to acquire the Donald E. Bleakney Funeral Home in Fredonia which is now operated as a branch office of the Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Creamtory, Inc. Sheakleyville. Robert is married to the former Debra E. Alexander.
Robert had a rewarding career as a full time Police Officer in Vernon Twp., Crawford County retiring in 2002 after having attained the rank of Sergeant. Building upon his years in law enforcement Robert continue to service the public with the Mercer County Coroner's Office as the Mercer County Chief Deputy Coroner. Robert is Board Certified as a Registered Diplomate with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABDMI).
Robert is a member of Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) Region III which is a federal forensic response team which responds to mass fatality incidents or cemetery related incidents and is tasked with the identification and repatriation of those who have perished. Robert was deployed in 2001 to assist with the identification of those who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks, In 2005 Robert served two deployments to Louisiana to assist in the identification of those who perished in Hurricane Katrina and again was deployed in February 2009 to Buffalo, New York to help in the identification of those who perished aboard Continental Flight 3407.