2018-04-11 / Front Page

Three sets of twins reminisce with DCSC bus driver...34 years later

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Willis Snyder was hired more than 30 years ago to drive a bus for the Delphi Community School Corporation. He drove the school bus for 10 years and in 1983, Snyder carried three sets of twins from their homes to the Delphi Community Elementary School (formerly Hillcrest Elementary) and back again everyday. The former bus driver was honored by the twins last week as he is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday on Friday, April 13.

Snyder told the Comet he knew the names of all of the students he drove.

“I had no problems with any of them,” he said. “I knew all of the kids by name.”

“When I needed to call them down, I did,” he added.

The twins were Sondra and Sarah Turbin, who were in kindergarten in 1983, Jason and Jamie Wilson in the firstgrade, and Doug and Dan Fleming in the second-grade. All six of the former students remember Snyder used to give them candy on the bus.


Former Delphi Community School Corporation bus driver Willis Snyder has been a favorite of many children over the years. He drove the three sets of twins pictured above in 1983 and kept them all in line with candy and common sense while they listened to WLS Radio in Chicago. Twins, in the same order in both photos, Sondra and Sarah Turbin, Jason and Jamie Wilson and Doug and Dan Fleming reunited last week to remember old times and help Snyder celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday this Friday. An open house honoring Snyder will be this Saturday, April 14, from noon to 3 at his house located at 215 E. Monroe St. in Delphi. Comet photo by Debbie Lowe Former Delphi Community School Corporation bus driver Willis Snyder has been a favorite of many children over the years. He drove the three sets of twins pictured above in 1983 and kept them all in line with candy and common sense while they listened to WLS Radio in Chicago. Twins, in the same order in both photos, Sondra and Sarah Turbin, Jason and Jamie Wilson and Doug and Dan Fleming reunited last week to remember old times and help Snyder celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday this Friday. An open house honoring Snyder will be this Saturday, April 14, from noon to 3 at his house located at 215 E. Monroe St. in Delphi. Comet photo by Debbie Lowe In addition to driving a school bus, Snyder served as a minister for 69 years and worked at various jobs in the local community as well. Dan Fleming told a story about riding Snyder’s bus and listening to WLS Radio on an AM station. He said they listened to Larry Lujack’s “Animal Stories” daily and sometimes had to check their language in the afternoons as they disembarked at their homes.

“We learned bad words (from the radio station) and we got moved to the front of the bus to keep us out of trouble,” Fleming said.

Fleming’s brother Doug is a teacher at Twin Lakes and also drives an activity bus for the corporation. He lives in Monticello as do the Turbin twins. Jamie Wilson resides in Shelbyville and is in law enforcement. All of the other former children live in the local area.

After the get-together and photo shoot, arranged by his granddaughter, Danielle Kelly, all the twins and Snyder went out together for supper and some more reminiscing.

Kelly is also hosting an open house for her grandfather on Saturday, April 14, from 12 to 3 p.m. at his home, 215 E. Monroe St. in Delphi.

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