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Plains Edition Obituaries 3-30-13

Rollin O. Packer

Rollin O. Packer, 72, of Wood River, Neb., passed away March 24, 2013, peacefully in his sleep at his home.

He was born January 17, 1941, in Wood River, Neb., to Otho and Rosa J. (Opp) Packer.

Rollin received his education and grew to manhood in Wood River, Neb., graduating from Wood River High School with the class of 1958. He was united in marriage to Joyce Dobberstein on September 25, 1960, in Wood River, Neb., at First Presbyterian Church. The couple made their home in Wood River, Neb., where they farmed and grew potatoes for 48 years. He committed his life to Christ on Christmas Day 1975. He lived his entire life in Wood River, Neb.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Wood River and Gideon’s International.

He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, teaching his grandchildren to fish, and especially spending time with this family.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Packer of Wood River, Neb.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Leann J. and Jim Gotchall of O’Neill, Neb., Joann K. and Tom Hulme Jr. of Shelton, Neb.; one son and daughter in law, Brian and Stacy Packer of Wood River, Neb.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law. Jerome and Nancy Packer of Wood River, Neb.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Carolyn Olson of Holdrege, Neb., Barbara and Dale Herter of Gibbon, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Rosa Packer.

Memorial services were held March 28, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Wood River, Neb.

Burial was in the Wood River Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Gideon’s International.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at

Howard Earl Ceder

Howard Earl Ceder, 91, of Central City, Neb., passed away March 17, 2013 at home.

He was born July 20, 1921, near Cedar Rapids to Earl and Ethel (Imus) Ceder.

Howard received his education in Boone County, in California and graduated from Genoa High School.

On July 29, 1940, Howard was united in marriage to Eunice I. Peterson in Fullerton, Neb.

They lived in California, where Howard worked for Goodyear Tire, until returning to Nebraska in 1942 to live in Central City. Howard drove a laundry route and worked at the ordnance plant in Grand Island, Neb., until entering the U.S. Navy in 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Howard worked for Safeway in Central City, Neb., from 1946 until 1962, when he and Eunice opened Ceder Home Improvement Store. Howard was also a rural mail carrier. He and Eunice retired in 1982. They enjoyed spending their winters in Texas from 1984 through 2004.

Howard was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Central City, Neb., and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Lone Tree Post 6. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, reading, and fixing anything that was broken.

He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Joan Ceder of Central City, Neb., Larry and Nancy Ceder of Smith Center, Kan., and Vernon and Becky Ceder of Mundelein, Ill.; and two sisters, Barbara Rose Schneiderheinz of San Antonio, Texas, and Beverly Lorraine Schmer of Richardson, Texas; five grandchildren, Anthony Ceder, Faith Oberg, Melodie Carlin, Lori Klooz and Aaron Ceder; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, on November 20, 2012; his grandson, Thomas Lee Ceder; his parents; and an infant brother.

Memorial services were held March 20, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Central City, Neb.

Burial was in the Central City Cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Lone Tree Post 6 of Central City.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Annita Kay Frew

Annita Kay Frew, 61, of Grand Island, Neb., formerly of Loomis, Neb., passed away March 18, 2013, at Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson Tower in Omaha, Neb.

She was born May 12, 1951, at Lexington, Neb., the youngest of three children born to Densmore and Ruth (Paulsen) Nelson. She received her education from Loomis Public Schools, graduating from the Loomis High School with the class of 1970.

On August 23, 1970, Annita was united in marriage to Richard Kent Frew at the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Neb., and to this union two daughters were born Karri and Kimberly. The family made their home on a farm south of Loomis, Neb., where the couple engaged in farming. When the girls were young, Annita focused on caring for their needs as a mother and homemaker. Annita began a daycare in Loomis, Neb., with her friend, Linda Meyers, in the mid 80’s which they operated for several years. She then began a career as a sales clerk for several department stores, and retired from J.C. Penny’s due to her health issue battling cancer for over 13 years. In 1996, the couple moved to Grand Island, Neb., where she was very active with Relay For Life.

Annita was a past member of the First United Methodist Church in Holdrege, Neb., where she taught Sunday school. Annita and Richard enjoyed traveling together and most of all the time spent with their family.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Grand Island, Neb.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karri Clement of Grand Island, Neb., and Kim and Ryan Peters of McCook, Neb.; mother, Ruth Nelson of Holdrege, Neb.; five grandchildren, Tyler, Jenni and Nolan Clement and Cole and Carley Peters; two brothers, Ed McQueen and his wife, Edith, of Westminster, Colo., and Terry Nelson and his wife, Pat, of Loomis, Neb.; brother-in-law, Raymond Frew of Weeping Water, Neb.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Densmore; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Myrtle Frew.

Memorial services were held March 23, 2013 at First United Methodist Church at Holdrege, Neb.

Interment was in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial established in Annita’s honor and will be designated at a later date.

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