Frederick C. Rector, 76, of O'Neill, Neb., passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
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Services with military rites were held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
Fredrick and twin Edmond were born Sept. 8, 1937, near Middlebranch, Neb., to George and Ruth (Gribble) Rector. He had an older sister, Helen Grutsch Babl and a brother, Ralph. His early youth was spent on the Muleshoe and Beaver ranches in Holt County. In sixth grade he moved to Boise, Idaho, then on to Marysville, Wash., where he graduated in 1955.
After graduation, Fred joined the Army was stationed in Germany. In 1960 he worked for Kenai Packers, then went to Seattle for welding school and worked for the Boilermakers Union. He returned to Alaska to work for the Piledrivers Union in 1965.
Fred married Dolores Keller on Dec. 27, 1968. They moved to Nikiski and raised three sons, Troy, Edmond, and Earl, along with other young people sent their way. He was dedicated to his family. He was active in the North Kenai Chapel. His love for the Lord was felt by those around him.
Fred worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline. For a time he was the only certified Coast Guard welder in Alaska. He owned Fred's Welding Shop, later Fred's Radiator & Welding, servicing radiators on Cook Inlet platforms. Fred belonged to the Kenai Elks Lodge, and Boilermakers and Piledrivers Union.
In 1991, Fred and Dee returned to O'Neill, where Fred and brother Ed worked refinishing floors, retiring in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ed; and sister Helen.
Fred is survived by his wife, Dolores Rector; sons, Troy Rector of Columbus, Neb., his daughter Sarah and her baby Talon, of Anacortes, Wash., and son Jacob of Bellingham, Wash., and Earl and Delta Rector of Omaha, Neb., their daughter Vanessa and son Tanner, daughter-in-law Jane, and her son Keith, of Omaha; brothers, Edmond C. Rector of Las Vegas, and Ralph Rector and wife Jane of Kenai; brother-in-law Lionel Babl of O'Neill; and extended family Lynette Burgess of Anchorage, Stephen, Tavia and Jamie.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 15, 2014