|Jean Kay Morse-Jackson
Joined: 29 Mar 2008
|Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:30 pm Post subject: Wilder, Gary D. 1946-2013
|Obit: Daily Reporter, Wellsville, NY; Feb 24, 2013 @ 12:44 AM
ANDOVER — Gary D. Widler, 66, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) at Strong Memorial Hospital following complications from cardiac surgery.
Mr. Widler was born on May 29, 1946, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Donald J. and Marie M. (Bergquist) Widler.
He was a 1964 graduate of Downers Grove North Community High School in Downers Grove, Ill.
He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970-75.
Gary lived most of his life in the Chicago, Ill. area, but had most recently resided in Andover with his longtime partner, Ada White, who survives.
Gary worked for several companies in the Chicago area, most notably as operations manager for 18 years at Phillips & Johnston, Inc. in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He later was a member of the grounds crew at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., retiring in 2007.
In addition to Ada White, Gary is survived by his first wife and mother of his son, Jandesa Widler; his son, Brent L. (Lynse) Widler of Chicago, Ill.; one brother, Richard (Karen) Widler; one grandson, Lucas Widler; many step children and step grandchildren; and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his second wife, Joan Phee Widler.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish and garden. He passionately shared his flowers and knowledge with his neighbors and friends.
Growing dahlias was a skill he learned from his grandfather and continued with expertise. Fondly known as “Chicago Gary”, he was a lifetime fan of the Chicago Cubs. When unable to attend a game, he watched with great enthusiasm on TV. Gary was an active volunteer for Hart Comfort House in Wellsville and was a member of Andover American Legion. Though a man of many interests and talents, he cherished most of all the times spent entertaining family and friends.
Friends may call on Saturday (April 6, 2013) from noon to 2 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The memorial service with full military honors will be held at the funeral home on Saturday (April 6, 2013) at 2 p.m. immediately following the visitation.
Burial will be in Oak Crest Cemetery in Downers Grove, Ill. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.