William “Bill” Packer
William “Bill” Packer, age 85, formerly of Wood River, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island.
Services will be held at a later date. Apfel Funeral Home – Grand Island is assisting the family. Online memorials may be left at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
William M. Packer was born May 17, 1935, at Grand Island to Perly H. and Laurel E. (Minor) Packer.
Bill grew up and attended school in Wood River, graduating from Wood River High School in 1951. Later attending the GI Business School.
He married Roma Jean Grim on May 19, 1954, at Grand Island. The couple made their home in Wood River.
His passion for farming and ranching led to a career for Bill. He left a legacy behind that entails hard work and perseverance. Bill truly enjoyed working with his cattle and could never get enough of riding horses throughout his time on earth.
He was active in the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and ultimately held the title of Master Mason. He was also a lifelong member of the Liederkranz and the Saddle Club in Grand Island.
Survivors include his five children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean; and brothers-in-law, Gerald and Gaylord Grim.