Edward I. Hover

Edward I. Hover

August 9, 1950 – August 21, 2021

VISITATION: Tuesday, August 24th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, August 25th at 1pm, West Center Chapel.  Interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil and Funeral Services, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Survived by wife of 47 years, Jerrie (Pane) Hover; sons: Matthew (Katie), Erich, and Andrew; two grandchildren, William and Claire; brother, John (Sandy); sister, Linda Frazier (Randall); brothers-in- law: Tony Pane, Joe Pane (Micki), and Mark Pane (Lisa); sisters-in-law: Angie Waples (Tom), Mary Jo Pane, and Lu Pane; nieces and nephews: Joe and Dan Pane, Allison Guiney and Teddy Pane, Alex and Adam Pane, Kyle, Evan and Emma Pane, Seth, Nathan and Gretchen Hover, Toby Frazier and Becky Davidson. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Hover; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Marian Pane; and his nephew, Jesse Frazier.


If there is one thing Ed enjoyed about life, it was life itself. Very much a “work to live” and never a “live to work” guy, Ed loved spending his free time doing the things he loved, before frontotemporal dementia took that away from him far too early. Those things are varied and vast, but the common denominator is largely one thing: the great outdoors. You could always find Ed outside. He LOVED working in his yard and garden, and his corner lot was the envy of the neighborhood, meticulously landscaped, all by him and the indentured servitude of his three sons. Ed loved to hunt pheasants, quail and turkeys and to fish and fly-fish, passing along those loves to his sons. Family vacations were almost always to a location where fishing and camping were involved, with the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota and the Snowy Range of Wyoming being two particular favorites. Ed loved plants and plant ecology, and had an encyclopedic memory of virtually every plant species, including its Latin name. He particularly loved prairies and wildflowers, doing his Masters thesis on prescribed burns on the family prairie in Sarpy County. He was a willing participant for many prairie scheduled burns around the area. Ed loved music. Whether at home or in the car, he always had music on. That love of music was one thing that never left him during his lengthy illness, and music was incredibly therapeutic for him and his family during that time. Ed officiated football, basketball, softball and volleyball for decades, and also coached his sons in little league baseball. He was a voracious reader, sometimes reading more than a book a week. He played racquetball, volleyball, and,  for many decades, fast-pitch softball, making many lifelong friends from his softball teammates. He loved watching sports as well, especially his alma-mater UNO’s football, basketball and hockey teams, and was an original season ticket holder for UNO hockey.

More than anything, Ed loved his wife and sons, and when they arrived, his grandchildren. A man of few words, he might not say “I love you” too often, but with a look from him, you instantly knew how much he loved you.

Ed’s family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the many family and friends that have helped us for the duration of his illness. We would also like to send special thanks to Mallory, Stacey, Elizabeth and all the staff at Esprit Whispering Ridge for the love and care they gave Ed during his stay with them over the last year of his life. We owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.



  • Wayne Westfall Posted August 21, 2021 6:00 pm

    My condolences to the entire family. Wayne & Pam

  • Steve & Judy Westfall Posted August 22, 2021 5:45 am

    So sorry for the loss of Ed. He was taken long before his time. God rest his soul!

  • Cindy and Doone Humphrey Posted August 22, 2021 6:38 am

    We are so very sorry. Ed was a great guy!!!

  • Jim and Deborah Westfall Posted August 22, 2021 12:00 pm

    So sorry for you loss ,our thoughts are with you

  • Leanna Meyers Baratta Posted August 22, 2021 1:58 pm

    Jeri, I am so very sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  • Bob & Kay johnson Posted August 22, 2021 2:59 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to Ed. We have been friends with the Hovers for years, starting with the courtship of Ed & Jerri. We have been through many of life’s events together…..weddings, births, raising kids, school activities, graduations etc. This tribute is spot on, Ed is an amazing man….kind, smart, handsome, active & oh that dry sense of humor! His unconditional love for his family & friends was always evident & a blessing to all who knew him!!❤️❤️❤️

  • Dick & Ann Schenck Posted August 22, 2021 4:02 pm

    To Jerrie & sons our deepest sympathies for your loss I had the privilege to referee many basketball games with Ed and he was a joy to be with during those times in our lives. It was obvious the love he had for his family, as he spoke of them often when we were together. Our prayer for your family is that you are able to experience the love and support of many that got to know Ed throughout his years with us. I know that I have many fond memories of Ed that bring a smile to my face and you have so many more which I hope provides some comfort in your loss. God bless you.

  • Kate and Mark Beiting Posted August 22, 2021 9:17 pm

    What rich memories you have to help you in this journey. Prayers for strength and peace.

  • Steven & Koreen Lush Posted August 23, 2021 5:39 am

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God keep you together in fond memories of a wonderful man.

  • Sue (O’Brien) Baird Posted August 23, 2021 9:01 am

    Jerrie & family,
    Sincere condolences. May God’s love help you during this sad time and in the days to come .

  • Warren Snell Posted August 23, 2021 10:14 am

    Sincere condolences to you and the family for Ed’s loss.

  • Angie Privette Posted August 23, 2021 12:05 pm

    Jerry, I was sad to hear of Ed’s passing. You and your family our in my thoughts.

  • Tony & Denise Maryanski Posted August 24, 2021 10:22 am

    Jeri, know that we are praying for you and your family. May your beautiful memories bring you peace.

  • Belinda Posted August 24, 2021 1:52 pm

    May the choir of angels come to greet him and take him to eternal paradise.

  • Kevin Arburn Posted August 24, 2021 3:14 pm

    Sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace, Brother Hover. We were classmates at Benson High [1968] and brothers in Lambda Chi Alpha. Although we went on different paths afterwards, the memories of our younger days are still strong. The best tribute that one can have is the way Ed is being remembered by family and friends.

  • Mary and Ed Bonneau Posted August 25, 2021 7:54 am

    Deepest condolences. We were fortunate to get to know the Hover family especially sitting in the stands at Benson sporting events. Ed was always a calm and gentle presence.

  • Harry McFadden Posted August 25, 2021 1:41 pm

    My condolences to the family. A truly good man and a friend is now in a better place.

  • Kevin Boatright Posted September 14, 2021 9:56 am

    My brother Roger and I grew up on the same street as the Hovers and we played a thousand baseball and football games in the lot across from their house. Roger and Ed were Benson High classmates in 1968. I remember Ed from those days with fondness and I share his family’s sorrow at his passing.

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