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Junior D. Reeder - April 03, 2014


Junior Duane Reeder was born Dec. 10, 1937, to William T. and Mary W. (Schumann) in Hall County, Neb., near Wood River. As a young man, Junior attended school in Wood River, Neb., graduating from Wood River High School in 1955.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until January 1956.
Junior married Shirley Ann Zastrow on Aug. 3, 1973 in Grand Island, Neb. The couple settled in Grand Island for a short time before moving to Imperial in 1976.
Junior and Shirley made their home in Imperial and Junior was employed at the Chase County Hospital in the maintenance department. The couple also traveled for Imperial County Ford transporting automobiles.
Junior was very active in the Imperial Community serving on the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, the NSVFA, Chief Assistant of the EMS, CISM Troop D and the Chase County Emergency Management Team. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Imperial Eagles, the Imperial V.F.W. and was an acting member of the Imperial City Council.
In his spare time, Junior enjoyed woodworking and traveling the state of Nebraska to functions of the Nebraska State Fireman’s Association.
Junior passed away early Thursday morning, March 27, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. He was 76 years of age.
Survivors include wife Shirley of Imperial; daughter Debra Reeder of Austin, Texas; son Duane Reeder and wife Teresa of Omaha, Neb.; son Lynn Reeder and wife Stacy of Manhattan, Kan.; daughter Lori Burroughs and husband Shawn of Sumter, S.C.; daughter Vicki Bradley and husband Steve of Grand Island, Neb.; son Joe West of Denver, Colo.; daughter Lori Rowley and husband Bill of Alliance, Neb.; son Val Dean West and wife Joan of Beaver Crossing, Neb.; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Archie Reeder and wife Mary of Sun City, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Hoover, granddaughter April Reeder, three brothers Billy, Marvin and Ralph and sisters Viola Whitten and Mary Barker.
Memorial services were held Saturday morning, March 29, 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David Kahle officiating. Inurnment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
No visitation, Junior chose cremation
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Junior’s memory.
On-line condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.