Percy “Dean” Widger
Percy “Dean” Widger was called to his heavenly home on Jan. 3, 2019. He was the youngest of five boys born to Eva and Carl Widger of Wauneta, Nebraska. Dean attended a one-room country school house through eighth grade and graduated from Wauneta High School at age 16. With his parent’s permission, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1956. He served for four years and then returned to Nebraska and married Diann Denker in January of 1961.
Dean had a career in the paint industry which took him from McCook, Nebraska to Fort Morgan, Colorado to Casper, Wyoming then to Littleton, Colorado where he served several paint companies until retirement. He and Diann returned to Fort Morgan in 2000 where Dean opened a retail outlet called “The Paint Bucket”, which he ran for several years.
Dean loved people. He was quick with a joke and wanted to make people smile. He was generous with his time and resources. Dean brought light to most everyone he encountered during his 79 years. He loved serving the community. He served on many boards and committees including many years through various churches, Little Leagues, golf courses and more.
Dean’s post-career years included many rounds of golf (recorded two holes in one) playing cards with friends and caring for his late wife Diann.
Dean was proceeded in death by three of his four brothers and survived by brother Marlin who lives in Arizona.
Dean is survived by four children Doug Widger of Fort Worth, Texas; Darla Widger of Arlington, Texas; Don Widger of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Darci Widger of Denver, Colorado.
In addition, Dean has four grandchildren Sarah Slavens, of Houston Texas; Josh Widger of College Station, Texas; Caleb and Hannah Widger both of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Morgan at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 10th. Inurnment will follow in Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, care of Trinity Radio Broadcast.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25: 23.