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Plains Edition Obituaries 12-8-12

Eunice I. Ceder

Eunice I. Ceder, 90, of Central City, Neb., passed away November 20, 2012, at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital in Central City, Neb.

She was born August 27, 1922, in Platte County, Neb., to Anton and Alma (Larson) Peterson.

She grew up in Platte County and attended rural Platte County School until the 10th grade and then graduated in 1940 from Genoa High School.

On July 29, 1940, Eunice and Howard Ceder were united in marriage in Fullerton, Neb. They lived in California for two years and then returned in 1942 to live in Central City, Neb. In 1962, they opened Ceder’s Home Improvement and owned and operated it with their sons until their retirement in 1982. From 1984 through 2004, Eunice and Howard enjoyed spending their winters in Texas.

Eunice was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Central City, Neb., the American Legion Auxiliary, and in Texas she belonged to the Quilter’s Guild and the Salvation Army Auxiliary. Eunice loved to crochet, embroider and quilt.

She is survived by her husband, Howard of Central City, Neb.; three sons, Bill and Joan Ceder of Central City, Neb., Larry and Nancy Ceder of Smith Center, Kan., and Vernon and Becky Ceder of Mundelein, Ill.; five grandchildren, Anthony Ceder, Faith Oberg, Melodie Carlen, Lori Klooz and Aaron Ceder; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Peterson of Grand Island, Neb.; and her twin-sister, Eula Pearson of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Thomas Lee Ceder; brother, Jim Peterson; and sister, Phyllis Schlesinger.

Memorial services were held November 23, 2012 at Grace Lutheran Church in Central City, Neb.

Interment was in the Central City Cemetery.

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Donald Lee French

Donald Lee French, 78, of Enumclaw, Wash., passed away November 12, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw, Wash., with his family by his side.

He was born May 26, 1934 to Benjamin and Bernadette (Piel) French of Mullen, Neb. Don was the second of five children and grew up on the family ranch in the Sandhills, graduating from Mullen High School in 1952. He worked as a ranch hand and cowboy for Ross Hager south of Mullen, Neb., and the Buchfinck Ranch. Don left the Sandhills in 1954 and moved to Seattle, Wash., to live with his Uncle Earl (Hildred) Piel. In December of 1956 he married his true love and lifelong companion, Dolores (Dee) Westerberg in Seattle, Wash.

Don began working as a Draftsman for the Boeing Company in 1955 and studied Engineering at the University of Washington from 1956 through 1960. During his 34 year career as a Boeing Engineer, Don worked in the Boeing Defense, Space, and Security Division. His most notable projects included the Apollo Lunar Orbiter, Delta, B-52 Bomber, Stealth B-2 Bomber, X-45 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, Boeing 777, and the International Space Station. Don retired from Boeing in 1989.

For over 40 years Don’s true passion in life was rodeo and raising Brahma cross bucking bulls. He started as a Bull Rider in 1962 (NPRA, RCA) and ended his short Bull Riding career in 1967 to raise bucking bulls as a life long hobby. Don contracted and sold bucking bulls to Stock Contractors such as Don and Harold Starr (Wash.), Frank Beard (Wash.), Byron Juma (Wyo.), Terry Williams (Texas), and Mike French (Neb.) in NPRA, PRCA, RCA, NSRA, Collegiate Rodeo, NFR, and PBR rodeo associations. Several of his bulls went on to win Bull of the Year and were featured at NFR and PBR finals. He spent his retired years traveling to rodeos between his home in Washington and the Sandhills of Nebraska, scouting his bulls and giving advice to his favorite Bull Riders.

Don also enjoyed bird hunting with his sons and good friends at Bird Camp (Wash.); ranching with his family and friends at Cow Camp (Wash.) and in the Sandhills (Neb.); photographing Elk, wildlife, and rodeo stock across the Pacific Northwest and Midwestern States; fishing at Merritt Reservoir with his family (Neb.). He took great pleasure in collecting Bronze statues and Western artwork of Cowboys, Rodeo Stock, and Wildlife creating doting friendships with both the artists and their art.

Known lovingly by his family and close friends as Honest Don, HD the Gambler, he loved to win at poker, pitch a good card game, and spin every fishing story. His humor and words of wisdom will truly be missed by his family and close friends on the rodeo circuit, at the card table, and on every fishing trip.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Dolores (Dee) French of Enumclaw, Wash.; three children Diane French of Nampa, Idaho, David French of Mullen, Neb., and Daniel French of Spanaway, Wash.; four grandchildren LCPL Gabriel French of Nampa, Idaho., Jacy French of Chadron, Neb., Kylee French of Ogallala, Neb., and Jaelyn French of Spanaway, Wash.; sisters Leila Hicks of Valentine, Neb., and Lois Nordahl of Bothell, Wash.; brother Larry (Georgann) French of Mullen, Neb.; sister-in-law Virginia French of Walton, Neb.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his brother Albert French of Walton, Neb., and brother-in-law Bill Hicks of Valentine, Neb.

A celebration of life and memorial service with family and friends will be held Father’s Day, Sunday June 16, 2013 in Mullen, Neb., on the North Slope of the Dismal River, French Wilderness Ranch.

It was Don’s wishes that his body be cremated. ❖

Richard Lee Paulsen

Richard Lee Paulsen, 40, of rural Oshkosh, Neb., passed away December 1, 2012 at Sidney Regional Medical Center in Sidney, Neb., from injuries suffered in an automobile accident north of Chappell, Neb.

He was born in Omaha, Neb., on March 14, 1972. He was the only son of Robert M. and Wanda (Roush) Paulsen.

He attended Chappell Public Schools and graduated in 1990. He attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

On October 14, 2000, he married Amber Cranmore at the home of his parents. Two children were born to this union, Royal Lee and Emma Jean.

He was a self employed carpenter, farmer and rancher. He also helped his father with the family farm and ranch. He found great enjoyment in farming, riding a horse, and working with cattle.

Richard was an outstanding carpenter. He lived in the home of his paternal grandparents and had completely remodeled it into a gorgeous home. His beautiful work can also be seen in many homes throughout the community.

He enjoyed woodworking, roping, cooking and entertaining. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his children because they were the joy of his life.

He had a special interest in the Deuel County 4-H and spent countless hours on various 4-H projects. He had amazing leadership qualities that enabled him to be a great asset, not only to 4-H, but other organizations in the community.

He is survived by his children, Royal (age 11) and Emma (age 9); his parents, Robert and Wanda Paulsen of Chappell, Neb.; one sister, Karla and husband Doug Criswell; one nephew, Logan Criswell; one niece, Jaden Criswell all of Chappell, Neb.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Glenn and Velva Paulsen and his maternal grandparents, Harold and Margaret Roush.

Memorial services were held December 4, 2012 in the Chappell United Methodist Church.

Burial followed in the Berea Cemetery northeast of Chappell, Neb.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deuel County 4-H.

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