Robert E. Derr
Robert E. Derr, age 84, of Wood River, died Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Emerald Lakeview Nursing Center in Grand Island.
According to his wishes, Robert’s body was cremated, a family grave side service will be held at a later date.
Memorials are to be sent to the family; the family will determine a good cause at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
Robert Edward Derr was born June 4, 1936, at Giltner to Elmer Derr and Agnes (Salmon) Derr.
Robert received his primary education in the Grand Island Public Schools.
He married Norma J. Hayse on April 9, 1955, at Wood River. The couple made their home in the Prosser/Wood River area. Robert worked in Grand Island until they moved to the farm, there the couple raised three sons.
Robert operated the family farm until two of his sons joined him in 1979, he retired in 2002 to spend more time with his wife, family, and friends.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wood River and the Platte Duetsche in Grand Island.
His hobbies included traveling, fishing, boating, and camping. He especially cherished time spent with his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Kay Derr, of Grand Island, and Michael and Holly Derr, of Harvard; a daughter-in-law, Audrey Derr, of Grand Island; a brother in-law and friend, John Hayse and Monte, of St. Joseph, Missouri; a sister in-law, Mary Reinhardt, of Furlong, Pennsylvania; fifteen grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; his parents; one son, Roger Allen Derr; one brother, Gene Derr; and two sisters, Lynda Garver and Nadean Seymour, along with three brothers-in-law.