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C. Orville Widger - June 06, 2013

C. Orville Widger, the oldest of five sons, was born on Jan. 21, 1926, to Carl O. (Fat) and Eva (McMullen) Widger.
He attended Hillcrest country grade school and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1942.
Orville was a farmer and also raised Herefords. In later years he continued wheat farming.
On Dec. 27, 1953, Orville married Ila Ann Thone, a local high school teacher, in Blair, Neb. Three sons Mark, Dan and Sam, were born to this union. Orville and Ila were married 59 years.
Orville was a Cub and Boy Scout Master and a member and president of the Wauneta Gun Club for over 40 years. He was a skilled mechanic, welder (John Deere and Ford enthusiast), wood worker, farmer/rancher and gardener (raising strawberries, black raspberries and melons).
He also enjoyed watching auto racing. Orville was a NASCAR member in the early 1950s and had attended the Indy 500 twice.
After his wife, Ila, retired from teaching, they bought a cabin in Colorado and enjoyed summers there, watching the humming birds and feeding peanuts to the stellar jays.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather with a wry sense of humor.
Orville passed away early Thursday morning, June 6, 2013, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb. He was 87 years of age.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Eva; son, Mark; and brothers, Harold and Glen.
Survivors include wife, Ila of Wauneta, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Carrie Widger of Ashland, Neb.; son, Dan Widger and wife, Deb, of Wahoo, Neb.; son, Sam Widger and wife, Michelle, of Kearney, Neb.; 10 grandchildren: Sarah C., Alicia and Matthew (Mark and Carrie’s children); Emily and Amy (Dan and Deb’s children); Keri, Adam, Zachary, Megan and Hannah (Sam and Michelle’s children); grand daughter-in-law, Sarah Lu; and grandson-in-law, Justin Rahn; three great-grandchildren, Koltar and Erika Rahn and Cami Dieter; brothers, Marlin Widger of Imperial, Neb., Dean Widger and wife, Diane, of Fort Morgan, Colo.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m. (MT) at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Lay Pastor Melody Newman officiating.
Organist was Mrs. Diana Ham.
Special music of “Amazing Grace” was performed by Alicia Widger, Keri Rahn and Emily Widger, singers; Adam Widger and Matthew Widger on guitar and Megan Widger, pianist.
Casketbearers were Keri Rahn, Sarah Widger, Adam Widger, Alicia Widger, Matthew Widger, Emily Widger, Zachary Widger, Amy Widger, Megan Widger and Hannah Widger.
Honorary casketbearers were Ron Acton, Mike Hanna, Randy Acton, Bob Hanna, Bob Hamilton and Dave Hanna.
Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church of Wauneta, Neb.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of arrangements.